Coastal football team advances to 2nd round of FCS Playoffs

Coastal Carolina will travel to Montana to play the Grizzles in round two of the FCS Playoffs.

Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross tossed a career-high four touchdown passes to lead the Chanticleers to a 48-24 first round win over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in the FCS Playoffs, before a crowd of 3,007 at Brooks Stadium in Conway.

Ross carved up the Bethune-Cookman defense completing 13-of-18 passes for 256 yards. Two of his touchdown passes went to Matt Hazel, who caught three passes for 64 yards.

On defense, Coastal Carolina sacked Bethune-Cookman quarterback Quentin Williams five times. The Wildcats never recovered from a forced fumble by Richie Sampson in the first quarter that Mike McClure returned for a 39-yard touchdown.

CCU running back Lorenzo Taliaferro scored on an 8-yard TD run in the second quarter that gave the Chants all the points they needed. Taliferro's score put Coastal in front 27-10 at halftime. Taliaferro was Coastal's leading rusher with 85 yards on 19 carries.

Florence native John Israel, who played at Wilson High, scored on a 23-yard third quarter touchdown pass. Israel caught three passes for 60 yards.

Former Cheraw standout Travis Small scored the final TD of the contest on a 17-yard run. Small finished with 50 yards on four carries.

The victory gave Coastal Carolina (11-2) the first 11-win football season in history. CCU also finished the year with a perfect 7-0 record at home for only the second time.

Coastal Carolina will travel to Missoula, Montana to face the University of Montana Grizzlies (10-2) next Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET in the second round.

#5 Montana received a first-round bye in the FCS Playoffs after earning the 8th seed.