Rams Get Trampled By The Chanticleers

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: October 3, 2006

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston Salem State Rams knew they would have to play a perfect game to the defeat a tough opponent like Coastal Carolina. Not only did they not play a perfect game, they probably played the worst game of the season thus far. The Rams committed 3 turnovers while allowing a total of 443 yards to Coastal Carolina losing 31-12 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

The Rams started the game well with an impressive 6 play 80 yard drive scoring a touchdown on a big 46 yard run from Brandon McRae giving the Rams the early lead with 12:22 left in the 1st quarter. The point after was missed making the score only 6-0.The Rams used 2:22 seconds on the scoring drive.

After that first score, the Rams defense was ready to take the field and stop the Chanticleers to keep the momentum and give the ball back to an anxious offense. That didn’t happen. Coastal Carolina needed only 2 plays to score and take the lead. After a pass from Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen to senior wide receiver Chris Noble, the Rams were charged with a personal foul and a late hit out of bounds.

The next play, the quarterback and wide-out teamed up again, this time for a touchdown. Thigpen hit Noble on a slant pattern and Noble took it all the way for a touchdown making the score 7-6 with 12:03 to play in the 1st quarter. The Chanticleers needed only :22 seconds to go 2 plays, 71 yards.

After Coastal Carolina scored, the Rams as a team seem to be a little rattled which became the theme for the rest of the game. After the Rams punted the ball on their next possession, the Chanticleers drove the ball down the field to extend their lead.

Tyler Thigpen threw his 2nd touchdown of the game after finding Jerome Simpson for an 11 yard catch finishing a 9 play, 56 yard drive taking 4 minutes off the clock and making the score 14-6 with 5:23 left in the quarter. The Rams couldn’t move the ball on offense the rest of the half and had no answers for the quick strike offense of Coastal Carolina.

The Chanticleers added to their lead after a short 11 play 34 yard drive using 3:09 seconds and culminating with a 24 yard field goal from Josh Hoke making the score at halftime 17-6. The Rams struggled on offense but the defense played well. Rams quarterback Monte Purvis struggled especially.

The red shirt Junior was 2 of 10 for 61 yards and 2 costly interceptions that either led to points or killed a drive for the Rams offense. The Rams signature on offense is their running game but they could only managed 89 yards on the ground.

The 2nd half began where Coastal Carolina left off. Scoring points to extend their lead. The Chanticleers used a 8 play 79 yard drive to extend the lead to 18 points when Thigpen found fullback Michael Tolbert over the middle for a 36 yard catch and run touchdown making the score 24-6 Coastal Carolina with 11:25 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Once again the Rams offense had trouble moving the ball as they did in the 1st half leaving the Rams defense to battle the Chanticleers massive offensive line and big physical receivers even though they were tired and weary.

Coastal Carolina took advantage of the worn down Rams defense with a mix of quick screen passes, slant patterns and power running down the field for another score. Tyler Thigpen threw his 4th and final touchdown to Jerome Simpson for 12 yards and the Chanticleers had their biggest lead of the game 31-6.

The Rams finally scored once again as Roderick Fluellen scored on a 13 yard touchdown run and after a pass by Monte Purvis failed, the final score was 31-12. Monte Purvis finished the game 4-18 for 78 yards and 2 interceptions. Brandon McRae led the Rams ground attack with 90 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.

With the win, Coastal Carolina record to 3-2 while the Rams drop their 3rd straight and fall to 1-4. The Rams will try and stop their 3 game losing streak next Saturday, October 7th when they host the Howard Bison on Homecoming weekend at Bowman Gray stadium. Game time is set for 2pm.