Chants win, claim share of Big South title

Chants claim share of Big South title with win, CSU loss

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAY – Lorenzo Taliaferro broke two more Big South records, Matt Hazel became CCU's career receptions leader and LaDarius Hawthorne blocked his third field goal of the season to lead #9/11 Coastal Carolina, which set a Big South season record for points at 501, to a 46-13 victory over Presbyterian College Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium.

Also, with a 27-10 Charleston Southern loss at Gardner-Webb Saturday, Coastal earned a share of the 2013 Big South Championship – the program's second title in a row, third in four years and sixth in 11 years of sponsoring football.

The Chanticleers, playing their final regular-season home game and honoring their 2013 Senior Class, improved to 10-1 overall and post a 4-1 Big South season record. This also marks just the second time in CCU's 11 years of football the program has registered 10 wins, joining the 2004 team that finished 10-1. The Blue Hose fall to 3-7, 1-3. With 46 points, Coastal's 501 for the season surpassed the Big South record for scoring, bettering the 494 points scored by Stony Brook in 2011.

Taliaferro, a Walter Payton Award candidate, gained 132 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns – all in the first half. Already the Big South single-season leader with 23 rushing scores, Taliaferro broke Big South records for total touchdowns, now with 24, and points scored, 144.

Hazel hauled in seven passes for 119 yards, his third 100-yard game this season and he now has five of the school's top 13 all-time single-game efforts. In 45 career games, Hazel sets the CCU career record for receptions, now with 162, bettering the mark previously held by Jerome Simpson, who had 161 receptions in 45 career games from 2004-07.

Hawthorne blocked his third field goal of the season to set a CCU record, one shy of the Big South record of four.

As a team, Coastal totaled 642 yards of total offense, the Chants' fourth game this season with 600-plus yards of total offense. It is Coastal's second-best single-game effort all-time; 10 yards shy of the mark set earlier this season at Elon (652). Also, Coastal rushed 61 times – fifth-best on the CCU single-game list – for 410 yards – fourth-best on the CCU single-game list and first 400-yard rushing game since 2007.

Coastal Carolina closes the regular season next Saturday (Nov. 23) at South Carolina. Kickoff is set for 1 pm at Williams-Brice Stadium.