Coastal Carolina knocks off No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette on late field goal
By DAN McDONALD
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Massimo Biscardi made a 40-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give Coastal Carolina a 30-27 victory over No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday night in Sun Belt matchup of unbeaten teams.
Freshman Grayson McCall threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to help the Chanticleers (4-0, 2-0) beat a ranked team for the first time. The 4-0 start is their first in FBS play.
Coastal drove 60 yards in the final 5:30 to set up Biscardi, a three-year starter who has hit 31 of 39 field goal attempts. McCall had two completions for first downs on the drive and finished 17 of 24 for 202 yards. He has 11 TD passes in four games.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (3-1, 2-1) rallied three times with tying touchdowns, two by Elijah Mitchell. His 1-yard burst with 12:44 left tied it at 27.
Both teams scored on their first and their last possessions of the first half, with Levi Lewis’ 12-yard pass to Jalen Williams giving Louisiana a 7-0 lead before the Chanticleers matched that drive and CJ Marable scored from a yard out.
Coastal Carolina took a 13-7 lead with 1:03 left in the half when McCall capped an 84-yard march with a 13-yard scoring pass to Marable. The Cajuns drove 77 yards in 54 seconds, with Lewis scoring on a quarterback draw with 5 seconds left.
The second half started like the first, with both teams scoring on their first possession. McCall hit Jaivon Heiligh from 6 yards out to cap an eight-minute drive, and Lousiana countered in only seven plays on Mitchell’s 9-yard run late in the third quarter. One drive later, though, Lewis’ pass was picked off by Jordan Morris at the Louisiana 26, with the only turnover of the game setting up McCall’s 3-yard scoring run.
Coastal Carolina: The nation’s fourth-highest scoring offense (44.7 points per game) didn’t match its point average, but the Chanticleers were efficient with 38:11 in time of possession and a 9 of 15 success rate on third down.
Louisiana-Lafayette: The Cajuns’ rushing attack accounted for 240 yards, but Lewis’ interception on the next-to-last play of the third quarter set up a Coastal Carolina’s go-ahead touchdown.
The Cajuns, who were one of only three Group of Five teams in the rankings, will likely drop out of the Top 25 poll. They may be replaced by the Chanticleers, who were seventh among teams receiving votes after getting poll votes for the first time in school history two weeks ago.
Coastal Carolina returns home to face Sun Belt East Division rival Georgia Southern on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Louisiana-Lafayette will face nonconference foe UAB on the road Friday, Oct. 23.
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