The No. 15 Coastal Carolina football team dominated Arkansas State, 52-20, on the road Thursday night. The win was the 18th straight for the Chanticleers in the regular season dating back to the final game of the 2019 season.
Former Porter Ridge standout Grayson McCall was dominant for Coastal, completing 18-of-23 passes for 365 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. On the Chanticleers’ first offensive play of the game, McCall found senior tight end Isaiah Likely for a 99-yard touchdown.
McCall and Likely connected for all four of Coastal’s passing touchdowns Thursday. Likely finished the game with eight catches for 232 yards and the four scores.
For the season, McCall has completed 79.8% of his attempts for 1,478 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception. McCall’s total QBR of 87.8 this season ranks fourth in the country behind Liberty’s Malik Willis, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and Alabama’s Bryce Young.
Coastal has a week off next week but return to action Oct. 20 against conference rival Appalachian State.
Howell, UNC host Florida State
Coming off a blowout win over Duke last week, Sam Howell and the North Carolina football team will host Florida State on Saturday.
Last season, UNC was ranked No. 5 when it traveled to Tallahassee and was upset by the Seminoles. This time around, the Tar Heels are looking to avoid more disappointment in what has already been a challenging season.
Howell, who originally committed to play for Florida State before flipping his decision to UNC, has completed 62.1% of his passes for 1,494 yards and 14 touchdowns against four interceptions while also running for 288 yards and three touchdowns.
For the season, Howell has a total QBR of 72.7, which ranks him 26th in the country. The 6-foot-1 junior has had a hard time finding a rhythm this season as UNC’s offensive line continues to struggle.
Emezie having another strong season
The N.C. State football team is enjoying a successful start to the season, currently ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and boasting a 4-1 overall record.
Once again this season, former Marvin Ridge standout Emeka Emezie is leading the team in the receiving game. For the season, Emezie leads all N.C. State players with 32 catches and 369 receiving yards, though he’s found the end zone only once this season.
For his career, Emezie has caught 201 passes for 2,462 yards and 14 touchdowns. Emezie is now one catch away from breaking Jaylen Samuels’ program record for career catches, something he should accomplish next week when N.C. State returns to the field Oct. 16 on the road at Boston College.