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Chanticleers win first Bowl game with Cure Bowl victory over Northern Illinois

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are the 2021 Tailgreeter Cure Bowl Champions. The Chanticleers defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 47-41 on Friday at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The Chanticleers picked up their first Bowl win in program history. However, at the end of the game, there was some controversy.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall celebrates with the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl trophy after a win over Northern Illinois Huskies
Grayson McCall celebrates with the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl trophy after a win over Northern Illinois Huskies (Photo by Coastal Football/Instagram)

“We always make it interesting,” Chanticleers head coach Jamey Chadwell said.

The Huskies had the ball and were driving late in the game. The team had no timeouts. The clock ran out on their potential game-winning drive. Their final drive was just four yards shy of the end zone. Huskies head coach Thomas Hammock was not pleased when the officials told him that the game was over.

“That last play for us to be able to tackle the guy inbounds with two seconds,” Chadwell said. “I knew, I was praying the referees knew, but I knew with 2 seconds they couldn’t get the snap off because that was the rule. So, I’m like, ‘This is over,’ but I didn’t want to run out there prematurely. But they stepped up when they needed to.”

Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall went 22 of 30 for 315 yards and four touchdowns.

Braydon Bennett had six carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Likely had seven receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Huskies quarterback Rocky Lombardi went 20 of 33 for 181 yards. He had two touchdown passes.

Jay Ducker had 24 carries for 146 yards. Cole Tucker had six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown.

The Chanticleers outscored the Huskies 28-17 in the second half. McCall hit Likely for a 27-yard touchdown reception.

Bennett also scored on a 60-yard rushing touchdown. McCall also hit Likely for a 40-yard touchdown reception.

McCall hit Bennett for a 34-yard touchdown reception.

Huskies’ Lombardi scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Antario Brown also scored on a seven-yard rushing touchdown.

John Richardson also made a 45-yard field goal.

Northern Illinois led 24-19 at halftime. Lombardi hit Tucker for a five-yard touchdown reception.

Clint Ratkovich also scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown. Lombardi also hit Miles Joiner for a 12-yard touchdown reception.

Richardson also made a 41-yard field goal.

Chanticleers’ Bennett also scored on a 13-yard rushing touchdown. McCall hit Aaron Bedgood for a 40-yard touchdown reception.

Massimo Biscardi also made two field goals.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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