Coastal works double OT for wild win over Liberty

The No. 4-ranked Coastal Carolina football team had to work double overtime to keep its undefeated season alive Saturday, rallying to knock off Liberty 55-52 in Lynchburg, Va.

The Chanticleers (7-0) erased a 19-point deficit late in the third quarter to send the key Big South Conference contest into overtime. Alex Catron’s 35-yard field goal gave the Chants their first and only lead of the game at 55-52, then Coastal blocked Liberty’s tying attempt to clinch the win.

After both teams scored touchdowns in the first OT period, the Chants had to settle for Catron’s field goal to start the second overtime. But Liberty’s ensuing 40-yard try was batted down at the line of scrimmage to give Coastal its first win at Liberty since 2005.

Liberty dominated for nearly three quarter and held a 42-23 lead until Matt Hazel hauled in a touchdown pass from Alex Ross. Coastal running back Lorenzo Taliaferro scored his fourth TD of the day on a 9-yard run to cut the deficit to 42-37 midway through the fourth period.

Coastal held Liberty to a short field goal with just over 4 minutes remaining to give itself a chance. The Chants marched down field and scored the game-tying TD and 2-point conversion on a pair of passes by Ross with 46 seconds left in regulation.

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