CCU offense keeps rolling behind three untested QBs

No. 3-ranked Coastal Carolina used three new quarterbacks to replace injured starter Alex Ross, and the Chanticleers nearly got triple the offense.

Coastal scored a 66-27 victory over visiting VMI to remain undefested on the season at 8-0, and its high-scoring offense showed no ill-effects against the Keydets (1-7).

Saturday’s starter Michael church threw for three touchdowns, two of them to wide receiver Matt Hazel, and backup QBs Dalton Demos and Brian Kass passed and rushed for a touchdown, respectively, in the blowut victory.

Lorenzo Taliaferro broke the CCU single season rushing record with 126 yards tonight, giving him 1,112 for the season. Coastal has now scored 50-plus points a Big South record five times in a season. Taliaferro broke the CCU single-season mark of 1,107 Patrick Hall set in 2004. The leading scorer in the NCAA FCS and the Walter Payton Award candidate, Taliaferro scored once and now has 18 rushing touchdowns this season – three shy of the Big South season record, and 19 total touchdowns, four shy of the league’s season mark.

Coastal led just 30-24 at halftime but pulled away in the second half, scoring 36 points and holding VMI to a field goal. Another Coastal record fell in the third quarter as Devin Brown returned a kickoff 95 yards, marking the longest scoring play in CCU history.

Church, who had not attempted a pass in this his sophomore season, completed his first seven passes and went 12-of-15 on the day for 164 yards. Demos was 3-of-4 with  a touchdown pass, while rushing for 36 yards. Kass completed 1-of-2 passes but rushed for 49 yards and scored a 24-yard rushing TD.

On defense, Coastal allowed 282 yards and 24 first half points, but only surrendered three points and 127 yards in the second half, continuing a trend of second-half dominance. This season, Coastal has only allowed nine second-half touchdowns and three field goals.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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