Coastal Cruising: Chants take out GWU, 42-7

CONWAY – Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns, Quinn Backus had a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown and Alex Ross completed 12-of-21 pass attempts for 157 yards and a touchdown to lead #6/8 Coastal Carolina to a 42-7 win over Gardner-Webb Saturday at Brooks Stadium in the teams' 2013 Big South opener. The Chanticleers improve to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the league while the Runnin' Bulldogs fall to 4-3, 0-1.

Taliaferro rushed for three touchdowns for the third time this season and the third time in the last four games while scoring 11 TDs over the last four. Also, he ties a Big South single-season record, joining four others that have scored three rushing TDs three times in a game in a single season.

Quinn Backus also set a Coastal Carolina record with a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown; the longest such return in program history. Alex Ross threw for 157 yards and a touchdown, while Travis Small got into the endzone as well during the win.

Coastal next heads up to Virginia to face Liberty, who was off this week. Kickoff is set for 3:30 on Saturday.