The most successful football season in Coastal Carolina history is over. The #1 North Dakota State Bison (13-0) beat the Chanticleers 48-14 in the FCS quarterfinals at the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota.
North Dakota State took control of the game in the first quarter. The Bison got out to a 17-0 lead. Following an Adam Keller 26-yard field goal, Sam Ojuri scored on a 73-run, followed by a 10-yard TD scamper by quarterback Brock Jensen.
Jenson and Ojuri scored again in the second quarter to push their lead to 31-0. Ojuri finished with 162 yards on 20 carries.
Coastal got on the board just before halftime on a Lorenzo Taliaferro TD run. It was his 27th rushing TD of the year. Still, CCU trailed 34-7 at intermission.
Coastal added a score in the third quarter on a 20-yard TD pass from Alex Ross to Matt Hazel.
North Dakota State closed out strong with two TD passes by Brock Jenson.
North Dakota State pounded the Coastal Carolina defense with 424 rushing yards. CCU was held to only 96.
The Bison controlled the clock with 39:44 in time of possession.
Taliaferro had 11 carries for 53 yards. Former Cheraw High standout Travis Small had 18 yards on four carries.
Hazel led all receivers in the game with eight catches for 91 yards.
Ross completed 13-of-26 passes for 185 yards with one TD and two interceptions.
Coastal Carolina finishes the season with a 12-3 record. The 12 wins are the most in CCU football history. It was the Chants first ever trip to the quarterfinal round of the FCS Playoffs.
North Dakota State has now won 22 straight games. They advance to play the winner of SE Louisiana/New Hampshire in the semifinals. The Bison are two wins away from a third consecutive FCS National Championship.