Up By 19 in 2nd Half, Liberty Falls to Coastal in Double Overtime
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Alex Catron kicked a 35-yard field goal in the second overtime to give undefeated Coastal Carolina a come-from-behind 55-52 victory over Liberty Saturday night.
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The teams traded rushing touchdowns in the first overtime before Catron's winning kick. Coastal Carolina (7-0, 2-0 Big South) blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt to seal the win. The Chanticleers, who were one of five remaining unbeaten FCS teams going into the week, have won 13 of the previous 14 games dating back to last season.
Lorenzo Taliaferro and Alex Ross accounted for seven touchdowns to lead the Chanticleers.
Liberty (3-4, 0-1) led by as much as 19 points early in the third quarter before the Chanticleers roared back to tie the game at 45 with 46 seconds remaining. Ross passed to Thomas Pauciello for a 15-yard touchdown, and then connected with Bruce Mapp for a two-point conversion to send the game into overtime.
Pregame Notes from the Big South:
CHANTICLEER CROWS: Coastal Carolina is looking to start 2-0 in the Big South for the first time since 2006 ... The Chants' last win at Liberty was a 27-21, triple-overtime victory on Oct. 22, 2005 ... The Chanticleers lead the League in scoring offense and are fifth in the nation at 43.0 points ... RB LORENZO TALIAFERRO has five multi-TD games this season, including the last four in-a-row (11 in that span) ... Coastal Carolina has won six consecutive Big South games -- all by at least 20 points ... The Chants are allowing just 8.8 second half points.
FLAMES FACTS: Liberty is 8-3 all-time in Big South openers and is looking to start 1-0 in League play for the seventh consecutive season ... The Flames have won a Big South-record 18 consecutive home Conference games, which includes three-straight over Coastal. During this stretch, Liberty is averaging 43.2 points while allowing 18.6 ... The Flames lead the League in scoring defense and are sixth in the country at 16.7 points allowed ... Liberty is allowing its opponents just 126.0 rushing yards per game this season.