Chants jump back in top 5; Ross gets more accolades

ccufoot-Alex Ross vs Elon 3For the 23rd time in the last 25 ranking periods, Coastal Carolina football is a consensus top 5 program as the Chanticleers moved up four spots in both polls to land at #4 in this week’s FCS Coaches’ and STATS Top 25 polls.

Coastal Carolina is coming off a 46-0 victory over Gardner-Webb this past weekend. It was the Chanticleers first ever shutout versus a conference opponent, the first time CCU has posted two shutouts in one season (defeated Alabama A&M 55-0 on Oct. 3) and the fourth time in school history Coastal has pitched a shutout as the Chants defeated Chowan 51-0 in 2007 and Charleston (W.Va.) in 2003.

The Chanticleers (8-1) will defend its ranking on Saturday at 2 pm when new Big South member and first-year football program Kennesaw State (6-3) comes to Brooks Stadium for CCU’s regular-season home finale.

* Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross was near perfect in leading the Chanticleers to a 46-0 victory over Gardner-Webb. As a result, the senior was named the Choice Hotels Big South Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced.

Ross completed 14-of-16 passes for 209 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The 87.5 completion percentage is a CCU single-game record and ranks second in the Big South annals. While Ross did have an interception – which snapped a streak of 91 consecutive passes without a pick, Ross completed his last 10 passes for 141 yards with touchdown passes of 39 (to Craig Weick) and 55 yards (to Bruce Mapp).

Ross, who ranks fifth in the FCS in passing percentage (67.6), now has 10,435 yards of total offense for his career, which is just 136 yards shy of the Big South record of 10,571 set by Charleston Southern’s Collin Drafts. Ross is also second to Drafts on the Big South’s all-time list for career touchdown passes as Ross has thrown 63 and Drafts 73.

Photo by Johnny Gasque/CCU Athletics

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