Coastal Carolina survives the chill to beat Montana

Coastal Carolina will play in the FCS quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team defeated the #4 Montana Grizzlies 42-35 in freezing weather in Missoula, Montana to advance to the quarterfinals in the FCS Playoffs.

Coastal pulled off the upset on the frozen tundra at Montana. It was four degrees at kickoff.

CCU quarterback Alex Ross threw three TD passes. Two of them went to Niccolo Mastromatteo in the second quarter.

DeMario Bennett scored Coastal's first points on an 86-yard TD grab. It was the longest touchdown reception in CCU history.

The Chanticleers trailed 14-7 in the first quarter, but reeled off 28 unanswered points to close out the first half.

Ross threw for 202 yards, and ran for 104 on 20 carries. Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro also ran for 104 yards on 16 carries, and scored two touchdowns.

Coastal outrushed Montana 256-169.

Montana rallied from a 35-14 halftime deficit, but fell short. Coastal Carolina now has a record of 12-2. The 12 wins are a single-season school record.

Coastal will play two-time defending national champon North Dakota State (12-0) in the FCS quarterfinals. North Dakota State the number one seed in the FCS playoffs and ranked #1 in every FCS poll.

The Bison beat Furman 38-7 to reach the quarterfinals. CCU will travel to Fargo, North Dakota to play North Dakota State in the Fargodome. Kickoff is scheduled for noon (ET) on Saturday, December 14.