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Charleston Southern’s Ja’Rell Smith catches a 19-yard touchdown pass against Hampton on Oct. 16. Jim Killian/Provided

Charleston Southern’s Ja’Rell Smith catches a 19-yard touchdown pass against Hampton on Oct. 16. Jim Killian/Provided
Not since the season-opening win over The Citadel has the Charleston Southern football team put together a more complete game effort than it did in Saturday night’s 35-5 Big South Conference win over visiting Hampton.
CSU got an outstanding effort from its defense, and quarterback Jack Chambers had another solid outing to pace the Buccaneers to their first conference win after two losses. The Bucs improved to 2-3 overall, snapping a three-game losing streak.
“Our guys did a phenomenal job of playing to our championship habits and standards tonight,” CSU coach Autry Denson said. “We got off to a really fast start, then we had a little lull, but kudos to our guys for picking it up in the second half.”
Chambers finished the game with 357 passing yards and four touchdowns, completing 25 of 43 attempts. Cayden Jordan grabbed six passes for 152 yards. Geoffrey Wall had seven receptions and Demetrius Jones had five.
Charleston Southern finished with 429 yards in total offense. Redshirt sophomore running back Roderick Hawkins, seeing his first action of the season, rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries.
“That’s what they (Hampton) do, they take away the run,” Denson said. “We knew it was going to be on our receivers to make plays and our offensive line to keep Jack upright. We know when Jack has the time, he is going to deliver.”
While Hampton’s final offensive numbers say 327 yards in total offense, more than half of those yards came in the fourth quarter when the game was decided. CSU’s first-team defense stifled Hampton (2-4, 0-2), allowing only 129 total yards through three quarters.
Senior linebacker Garrett Sayegh totaled 16 tackles, while Jerome Rice and Shaundre Mims each finished with nine tackles.
“Coach (Zane) Vance and those coaches do a phenomenal job of getting those guys ready to go, making sure they know what to expect,” Denson said. “They just came out and executed tonight. What we saw tonight was what we have been looking for in terms of complementary football, offense, defense and special forces.”
CSU’s first offensive possession of the game was near perfect as Chambers completed 8 of 10 passes for 95 yards, tossing a 27-yard scoring pass to Demetrius Jones for a 7-0 lead with 6:48 remaining in the opening period.
Chambers’ second touchdown pass came to Garris Schwarting, this one from 13 yards, as CSU held a 14-3 lead at halftime.
Chambers and the offense had a huge third quarter, which included a 45-yard touchdown pass from Chambers to Kale Anderson with 11:52 remaining. A few minutes later, the Buccaneers went 98 yards on just five plays, tying a school record for the longest scoring drive in history. Chambers capped the drive with a 19-yard pass to Ja’Rell Smith.
“They were daring us to throw it, especially when we were backed up, and we don’t ever play afraid,” Denson said.
Added Chambers, “That was an exciting drive. We had our back against the wall and the offensive line was giving me a chance. It’s a big deal for me to know the coaches have the confidence in me to throw the ball from our own end zone.”
With just two seconds left in the third, Hawkins scored on a 1-yard run, giving CSU a commanding 35-3 lead.
The Buccaneers will hit the road for the fourth time this season next weekend, visiting North Alabama.
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