The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers rallied from 19 points behind to beat the Liberty Flames, in a 55-52 double-overtime shootout in Lynchburg, Virginia on Saturday.
Liberty led almost the entire game. Quarterback Josh Woodrum threw for 382 yards and three TD's. The Flames had a 42-23 lead with 2:06 left in the third quarter.
Coastal completed their comeback with Alex Ross throwing a TD pass to tight end Thomas Pauciello to pull CCU within two points of the lead with just 46 seconds to play in regulation. Then Ross threw to Bruce Mapp for a two-point conversion that sent the game into overtime tied 45-45.
In the first overtime, Desmond Rice ran for a 25-yard TD to give Liberty the lead 52-45. Coastal tallied the equalizer when Lorenzo Taliaferro scored on a 7-yard run. Taliaferro had 26 carries for 151 yards and four touchdowns.
In the second overtime, Coastal's Alex Catron booted a 35 yard field goal to put the Chants back on top. On the Flames possession, John Lunsford had a 40-yard field goal try blocked to seal the victory for CCU.
Ross had a big day at quarterback for CCU. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 294 yards and three TD's. Matt Hazel led all receivers with nine catches for 147 yards and two TD's.
Coastal Carolina improves to an overall record of 7-0, 2-0 in Big South Conference play. CCU returns home to play VMI next Saturday, October 26 at Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.