A Coastal Carolina TD against Arkansas State.

The No. 15 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers got off to a hot start Thursday night on the road against the Arkansas State Red Wolves. The Chanticleers’ first possession came from their own one-yard line following a strong 55-yard punt from Arkansas State’s Ryan Hanson, which bounced out of bounds at the one. And with Coastal Carolina backed up into their own end zone, running back Reese White was stopped for no gain on first down. But then quarterback Grayson McCall dropped back to pass and found wide open tight end Isaiah Likely, who went a full 99 yards for the touchdown:

That’s a nice play from Coastal Carolina, but it’s even more about the blown coverage by Arkansas State. This didn’t appear to be a full-out blitz, with only the four down linemen rushing McCall at the start. But interestingly, the safety on the left side of the field (from Coastal Carolina’s perspective) winds up charging in hard to cover a receiver still in the end zone. And the linebacker who looked to be on Likely winds up coming for McCall late, and with no safety help behind him, Likely winds up wide open.

The closest guy to Likely is the other safety. But that safety also came up and over a bit from his starting position, and who was a full five yards behind Likely at the time of the catch. And he wasn’t able to catch up. At any rate, this led to Likely running the length of the field, and to an easy Coastal Carolina touchdown.

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