Bucs out to 3-0 start after win at Campbell
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Charleston Southern quarterback Malcolm Dixon and running back Christian Reyes each rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Bucs improved to 3-0 with a 30-10 win over Campbell on Saturday night at Barker-Lane Stadium.
The Buccaneers improved to 3-0 on the year, while Campbell fell to 1-2. CSU continued its perfect start under first-year head coach Jamey Chadwell and is 3-0 for only the second time in school history.
CSU travels to Norfolk State in Norfolk, Va. on Saturday.
“We keep finding a way to win and it builds confidence,” Chadwell said. "Our competition level is stepping up tremendously next week as we travel up to Norfolk State, but when you’re confident, guys believe we’re going to find a way to win just like we did today.”
The Bucs wore down Campbell, running for a season-high 327 yards and opening the second half with three-straight touchdown drives in to grow their lead.
“Our line stepped up big today,” Reyes said following the win. “We’ve made a lot of improvements the last two weeks and they were definitely moving the line up front and giving all of our backs room to wiggle through and make some big plays. We’ve got a good combo going (in the backfield). It is kind of dynamic. We can run it up the middle and Malcolm and Ben (Robinson) can run also so we’re a threat from anywhere.”
Reyes carried 20 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He capped the Bucs’ first scoring drive with a 2-yard TD run as CSU took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Campbell cut into the Bucs’ lead with a field goal early in the second quarter to make it 7-3. CSU took a 10-3 advantage into the locker room at the half following a 27-yard field goal from T.J. Higgins. Dixon found Kevin Glears open behind the Camels' defense for 41 yards to key the scoring drive.
Dixon and Reyes went to work in the third quarter following a fourth-down stop. A pass interference penalty on fourth-and-4 kept the Bucs’ opening drive of the second half alive and Reyes pounded his way into the end zone from four yards out to extend the lead to 17-3.
Sophomore Zach Frazier had a 24-yard run and Dixon followed by knifing though the Camels secondary for 29 yards for a touchdown to follow the Lee's interception with a score. The Bucs missed the PAT so the lead held at 23-3.
Dixon added an 8-yard TD run as CSU answered a Campbell touchdown with one of its own in a matter of seconds. Dixon found tight end Kirby Broome all alone on the CSU sideline for 45 yards and a first down inside the 10 to set up the score.
Dixon finished with 135 yards rushing on 16 carries. He was 7 of 14 passing for 140 yards. Reyes rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries and was quick to give his offensive line all of the credit they were due.
The Buccaneers harassed Campbell quarterback Brian Hudson throughout, sacking him five times and hurrying him four more. Senior defensive end Will Hunt finished with eight tackles and a sack, while Dylan Black added a sack and a half. Safety DeMaris Freeman led the Bucs with 11 tackles.
CSU held Hudson to 15 of 26 passing for only 110 yards with an interception.