CCU Captures Big South title and playoff berth

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations Department

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina football team earned a 41-20 victory over Charleston Southern Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium to win a share of the 2012 Big South Championship. The Chanticleers (7-4 overall) finished 5-1 in the conference, tied with Liberty and Stony Brook. However, the Chants earned the Big South's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs by virtue of the tiebreaker.

It is the Chanticleers' fifth Big South title in ten years and they will make their third appearance in the FCS playoffs.

Coastal, for a school-record the sixth consecutive game, rushed for over 200 yards, gaining 252 and running for five touchdowns. Aramis Hillary rushed for a career-high 115 yards and a touchdown, while completing 12-of-22 passes for 102 yards.

Against the Buccaneers, the Chants sprinted out to a 21-0 second-quarter lead and led by double-digits the entire way. This is the fifth consecutive CCU win by 20-plus points and the third straight CCU has scored at least five offensive touchdowns. The previous two weeks, CCU rushed for five TDs and threw for three at Gardner-Webb, passed for five and rushed for three at Presbyterian.

Jeremy Height added 68 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while Marcus Whitener gained 55 yards and ran for two scores.

The Chants will find out their playoff fate during ESPNU's FCS Selection Show on Sunday afternoon at 1:30.