MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Tra Minter ran for a career-high 203 yards and Cole Garvin and Evan Orth each threw a long touchdown pass to Jamarius Way to help South Alabama hold off Coastal Carolina 31-28 on Friday.
Minter, a junior who had never had a 100-yard rushing game, had 24 carries and added two catches for 49 yards for the Jaguars (3-9, 2-6 Sun Belt Conference), who snapped a four-game skid.
South Alabama took a 3-0 lead on Gavin Patterson’s 32-yard field goal on its first possession and stretched the advantage to 10-0 on Garvin’s 45-yard hookup with Way following a lost fumble by Coastal Carolina. The Jaguars upped their lead to 17-0 when backup quarterback Orth hit Way for a 73-yard scoring strike 1:32 into the second quarter.
Isaiah Likely hauled in a 31-yard pass from Bryce Carpenter to pull the Chanticleers (5-7, 2-6) within 17-7, but Kawaan Baker scored on a 6-yard run and South Alabama took a 24-7 lead into the half. Alex James’ 2-yard TD run pulled Coastal Carolina within 10 points before Garvin and Way connected again for a 7-yard score and a 31-14 lead. The Chanticleers added James’ 1-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and Kilton Anderson’s 16-yard TD pass to Malcolm Williams with 34 seconds remaining.