Chants blow out Bucs to claim BSC title, playoff bid

The Coastal Carolina football team cruised to a 41-20 victory over Charleston Southern Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium to earn a share of the 2012 Big South Championship. The Chanticleers (7-4 overall) finished 5-1 in the conference, tied with Liberty and Stony Brook. However, the Chants earned the Big South’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs by virtue of the tiebreaker.

The FCS playoff pairings will be announced on ESPNU’s selection show Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Coastal will hold a viewing party in the team room on the third floor of Adkins Field House, beginning at 1 pm. 200

It is the Chanticleers’ fifth Big South title in 10 years and they will make their third appearance in the FCS playoffs.

Coastal, for a school-record the sixth consecutive game, rushed for over 200 yard, gaining 252 and rushing for five touchdowns. Aramis Hillary rushed for a career-high 115 yards and a touchdown, while completing 12-of-22 passes for 102 yards.

Against the Buccaneers, the Chants sprinted out to a 21-0 second-quarter lead and led by double-digits the entire way. This is the fifth consecutive CCU win by 20-plus points and the third straight CCU has scored at least five offensive touchdowns. The previous two weeks, CCU rushed for five TDs and threw for three at Gardner-Webb, passed for five and rushed for three at Presbyterian.

Coastal Carolina forced a turnover on the first drive of the game as Backus picked off a Malcolm Dixon pass. The Chants could not take advantage and punted. With the ball on the CSU five, Backus made another big play, forcing a fumble. While the Buccaneers would recover, CSU would punt and Coastal took over on the Buccaneer 37 and would score six plays later on a two-yard rush by Lorenzo Taliaferro and the rout was on.

Soon after Coastal kicked off against the Bucs, Liberty finished off a 33-14 win over VMI, helping set up the three-way tiebreaker that the Chants won due to having the fewest road losses in conference play. Coastal will learn its first-round playoff opponent on Sunday.

Prior to the game, Coastal honored its 17 seniors as they played their final regular-season game at Brooks Stadium.

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