Coastal Carolina's season ends in second round

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

NORFOLK, Va. Coastal Carolina and fourth seeded and third-ranked Old Dominion were tied at 35 late in the third quarter before the Monarchs pulled away for a 63-35 victory in the second round of the NCAA Championship, played Saturday at ODU's Foreman Field at Ballard Stadium.

A career day by Coastal Carolina's Matt Hazel was spoiled by even better day by Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, one of three finalists for the top award in FCS football – the Walter Payton Award.

Heinicke completed 32-of-44 passes for 497 yards with six touchdowns. He added two rushing touchdowns. Heinicke's total is the most by a CCU opponent and the 672 yards of total offense is the most a CCU opponent has gained.

Hazel's day included a career-high nine receptions for a career-high 155 yards, the third-best single-game total in CCU history. Also, with nine receptions, Hazel has 61 for the season, tying the CCU single-season mark. Aramis Hillary completed 21-of-39 passes for 352 yards with two interceptions and three touchdowns. His 352 passing yards ranks fourth on the CCU single-game list, missing his career high by one yard. The senior added 45 rushing yards, despite being sacked six times behind a banged up offensive line, with a rushing TD. Jeremy Height gained 89 yards on 12 carries and Niccolo Mastromatteo added four receptions for 71 yards.

In all, Coastal piled up 540 yards of total offense, the ninth-best single-game total in CCU history. The Chants end 2012 with an 8-5 record overall, along with a share of the Big South Conference title and winning its first ever playoff game, a first round victory over Bethune-Cookman last week.