WMBF - After trailing by 19 in the second half, Coastal Carolina came back to force overtime and pull out a win over the Liberty Flames in Lynchburg Virginia on Saturday by a 55-52 final. Coastal improves to 7-0 on the year, and hands Liberty its first home conference loss since 2006.
The Flames jumped out to a lead to start the game and led almost the entire way. They took a 28-16 lead into the locker room at halftime, on their way to gaining 615 yards of offense on the day. Quarterback Josh Woodrum threw for 382 yards and three scores, while running back Desmond Rice picked up 170 yards on the ground and three touchdowns as well.
The Chants countered with Alex Ross, who tossed for 294 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Matt Hazel. The senior wide receiver had 147 yards through the air. Lorenzo Taliaferro also added 151 yards on the ground and four scores. He now owns the CCU single season record for touchdowns with 17 (previously held by Aundres Perkins and his 14 in 2003).
Coastal's comeback began in the second half after going on a 22-3 scoring run to send it into overtime. With under a minute to play, Alex Ross connected with tight end Thomas Pauciello from 15 yards out to make the score 45-43. Ross then his Bruce Mapp in the endzone for the two point conversion to tie it up.
In the first overtime, Liberty scored on its first play, when Desmond Rice ran in from 25 yards out. The Chants quickly answered with a Lorenzo Taliaferro seven yard TD scamper to tie it back up.
In the second overtime, Alex Catron drilled a 35 yard field goal to give Coastal a 55-52 edge. Catron finished the day 2/2 from field goals and 5/6 on extra point tries.
After being stopped by the Coastal defense, Liberty tried to tie the game with its own field goal try, only to have it blocked by LaDarius Hawthorne, which sealed the victory for Coastal Carolina.
The Chants are now 7-0, and will return home on October 26th to host VMI. Kickoff is set for 6:00.