Coastal Carolina wins triple overtime thriller over Furman

Lorenzo Taliaferro hits paydirt against Furman.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers defeated the Furman Paladins 47-45 in a wild triple overtime shootout in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday.

Coastal blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead but rallied to tie the game 25-25 at the end of regulation. Alex Catron booted a 45-yard field goal for the Chanticleers to send the game to overtime.

The game would go to triple overtime when Coastal's Aramis Hillary threw a 25-yard TD pass to Matt Hazel to tie the game at 39-39. Hillary went back to work with a 26 yard strike to DeMario Bennett for another score. NCAA rules state that a team must attempt a two-point conversion starting with the third overtime. CCU was successful and took a 47-39 advantage. Then it was Furman's turn. The Paladins scored on a Hank McCloud 3-yard run. But Reese Hannon's throw to the corner of the end zone on a two-point conversion was caught out of bounds. Coastal survived a 92 point shootout in Greenville.

Hillary completed 20 of 27 passes for 292 yards and two TD's. Hazel had seven catches for 128 yards and one score. On defense, Greenwood native Quinn Backus led the Chants with 11 tackles.

Conway High grad Dakota Derrick started at quarterback for Furman. He completed four of 11 passes for 41 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Hannon came on in relief of Derrick to throw four TD passes for the Paladins.

Coastal Carolina is now 2-0 under new head coach Joe Moglia. The Chants are now 3-1 lifetime against Furman and 6-7 all-time against teams from the Southern Conference.

Coastal Carolina will host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, September 15 at Brooks Stadium in Conway. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.