The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are still in the Football Championship Subdivision Playoff hunt after beating the Presbyterian Blue Hose 65-7 on Saturday in Clinton, South Carolina.
Coastal's win, coupled with Liberty's 28-14 victory over Stony Brook, could force a three-way tie for the Big South Conference Championship on the final day of the regular season next weekend. Stony Brook's conference schedule is over.
COASTAL CAROLINA can clinch the League's automatic bid only in a three-way tie at 5-1:
â?¢ Chanticleers went 3-0 in road Conference games. Stony Brook fi nished 2-1 and Liberty would be 2-1 in road League games in this scenario.
STONY BROOK has already clinched at least a share of the Big South football championship and can clinch the League's automatic bid with:
â?¢ Losses by both Coastal Carolina (vs. Charleston Southern) and Liberty (at VMI) for outright title
â?¢ Liberty loss at VMI (SBU owns head-to-head tiebreaker over CCU if both teams are 5-1)
LIBERTY can clinch the League's automatic bid with:
â?¢ Coastal loss vs. Charleston Southern (LU owns head-to-head tiebreaker over SBU if both 5-1)
The Chanticleers scored the first 22 points of the game in the first quarter and never looked back. CCU quarterback Aramis Hillary completed 19 of 22 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half.
Coastal running back Marcus Whitener had 13 carries for 143 yards and two scores. The CCU offense racked up 625 total yards, including 365 on the ground.
The Chants offense was impressive. They converted 11 of 12 third down situations. Cheraw High grad Travis Small had nine carries for 42 yards. And former Wilson High standout John Israel had two catches for 49 yards.
Former WPDE All-Zone selection Kaleb Griffin, a redshirt freshman quarterback out of South Florence High, threw a 56-yard TD pass to Jordan Hallums in the second quarter for Presbyterian's only score. Griffin completed 10 of 22 passes for 88 yards.
Coastal Carolina now has a 6-4 record. The Chants are 4-1 in Big South Conference play. CCU will finish their regular season schedule next Saturday, November 17 against Charleston Southern at Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.