CONWAY, S.C. — Donovan Rose was hoping for some consistency.
Saturday night wasn't what the Hampton coach was looking for.
Two weeks after William and Mary's offense ran all over the Pirates, FCS No. 15 Coastal Carolina did the same thing Saturday in a 50-17 rout. The Chanticleers, much like all of Hampton's opponents have done this season, also prevented the Rose's squad from getting much of anything going at all.
Hampton (0-4) continued to struggle with the start of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play only one week away.
"This was a good old fashioned butt-whooping — that's what this was," Rose said.
"If I was (an opposing) team, then I'm going to run. We play the pass pretty well. But if you run, you don't have to pass. Our secondary has pretty much been our strength. We've got to figure out to stop the run. And we've got to figure out a way to move the chains."
CCU finished with 382 yards rushing and 511 overall. Meanwhile, Hampton — which had averaged a meager 225 yards of offense coming into the game — struggled to get even half of Coastal's total.
Starting quarterback J.J. Williamson and change-of-pace signal-caller Brian Swain both found little room to maneuver, especially early. Hampton didn't get on the board until Anthony Prevost connected on a 30-yard field goal with 8:29 left in the third quarter. Even with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, it was nowhere near enough to help the Pirates overcome a sluggish start on both sides of the ball.
Coastal (4-0) needed less than four minutes to score its first points, which came on a 5-yard touchdown run by Bruton High graduate Lorenzo Taliaferro. Coastal had more touchdowns (four) than Hampton had first downs (two) three minutes into the second quarter.
Coastal punter Austin Cain actually had more rushing yards than Hampton's entire offense at halftime. After he dropped a snap on a fourth-and-19, he took off and gained 25 yards. Along with a late hit out of bounds on the end of the play, it helped Coastal cap the opening two quarters with a 40-0 lead.
Coastal never brought the majority of its starters back onto the field after the break.
"They beat us on the line. They pushed our guys back constantly," Rose said. "No matter what you do, that's the bulk of your team right there. We've got to remain physical. We've got to find a way to go back and do that."
Fixing those problems in a hurry would be advantageous.
The Pirates will return to the Palmetto State next week when they open MEAC play at South Carolina State (2-2). The Bulldogs' two losses have come against Coastal Carolina and the Football Bowl Subdivision's No. 3 team, Clemson.
And regardless of the winless start to the season, the Pirates can right the ship with victories moving forward.
"We're going into next week — we have to have urgency," Williamson said. "We have to put it all together now. It's here right now. The MEAC's here right now. Ain't no holding back."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun