Moving on: Chants top Wildcats, head to second round

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAY – Alex Ross threw a career-high four touchdowns – two to Matt Hazel – and Walter Payton Award candidate Lorenzo Taliaferro added one on the ground to lead #11 Coastal Carolina to a 48-24 victory over #12 Bethune-Cookman in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium.

The Chanticleers set a program record with 11 wins, improving to 11-2, while the Wildcats drop to 10-3. Coastal Carolina will now travel west to face #8 seed and fourth-ranked Montana for the second round, Dec. 7 in Missoula.

Defensively for CCU, Buck Buchanan Award candidate Quinn Backus led the Chanticleers with 15 tackles, including three for losses, while fellow linebacker Mike McClure had eight stops, three for losses, and a 59-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Sophomore Richie Sampson added nine tackles, including three for losses and two sacks, and forced the fumble McClure returned for a score.

Coastal set a program record for wins, picking up its 11th (11-2 overall). The Chants also won their first ever playoff game at home (lost to Western Illinois in 2010 in only previous appearance), and won its second playoff game in program history (defeated Bethune-Cookman at Daytona Beach last season). Coastal is also 7-0 at home this season for the second time in program history (2004).