BUIES CREEK — James Allen’s third interception with 1:17 remaining helped visiting Charleston Southern hold off Campbell 12-7 Saturday at Barker-Lane Stadium.
CSU improved to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in Big South play, while Campbell finished its year at 6-5 and 1-4 in its inaugural Big South season. With six wins, the Camels secured back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in the program’s modern era (since 2008), and tied an overall program record for victories.
Campbell took over with 6:26 to go, using a pair of third down conversions, to move to the CSU 14. The drive included a 34-yard hook-up from Jayson DeMild to Aaron Blockmon on 3rd-and-17 from the Campbell 48, as well as a 22-yard Zach Roderick grab on the first play of the possession.
DeMild’s fourth down pass, however, was picked off by Allen, giving the Buccaneers the ball with 1:17 on the clock. Adam Allen’s 16-yard run on third down allowed CSU to run out the clock to take the road win.
Allen also picked off two passes in the second quarter, returning the second 52 yards for a touchdown. The pick-6 extended the Charleston Southern lead to 9-0, with a missed extra point, with 1:14 remaining in the first half.
After a missed try earlier in the second quarter, Tyler Tekac was able to convert a 24-yard field goal to give the game its first points at the 6:43 mark of the second after a blocked Campbell punt gave CSU the ball on the CU five yard line. He added a 49-yard field goal with 1:23 to go in the third to make it 12-0, Buccaneers.
Campbell quickly answered two plays from scrimmage later, with DeMild hitting Caleb Snead in stride for a 65-yard touchdown, putting the Camels on the board and cutting the score to 12-7 with 44 seconds to go in the third.
The Charleston Southern defense totaled four interceptions on the day, with Shadarius Hopkins adding a pick just before the end of the first half. The Buccaneers also posted 13 tackles for loss in the win, including 3.0 from Solomon Brown. Edward King added 2.5 TFLs and nine total stops, while J.D. Sosebee tallied 11 stops with 2.0 tackles for loss.
London Johnson completed 7-of-11 passes for 51 yards, adding 34 yards rushing for the Bucs, while Terrence Wilson ran for a game-high 67 yards on six carries. Campbell’s defense held its opponent without an offensive touchdown for the fourth time this season.
DeMild completed 11-of-22 passes for 191 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions, stepping in for an injured Daniel Smith. Snead hauled in five catches for 95 yards and a score, while Blockmon snagged three catches for 62 yards. Roderick also gathered 47 yards receiving, while Rocky Reid rushed for 52 yards.
Deontae Henderson posted 11 tackles to lead the Camels, while Jack Ryan recorded 10 tackles, including a sack and 1.5 stops for loss. Damien Dozier also notched 10 tackles, and Darren Flowers gathered seven stops, as well as a tackle for loss.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)