CONWAY — Lorenzo Taliaferro ran for three touchdowns, and Alex Ross returned from a sprained foot to fire a pair of touchdown passes as undefeated Coastal Carolina turned away Charlotte, 50-25, on Saturday.
Ross fired a five-yard pass to Matt Hazel to end the first quarter and found DeMario Bennett from 39 yards out in the second. The sophomore is 9-0 as a starter and the Chanticleers (9-0, 3-0 Big South) have scored 50 or more points in five of his starts.
The win sets up a Big South showdown next week at Charleston Southern between the conference’s two remaining unbeaten teams.
Kalif Phillips carried 15 times for 132 yards and a touchdown for the 49ers, who are 4-5 in their inaugural season as an FCS independent.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 27, PRESBYTERIAN 16
At Clinton, Christian Reyes ran 37 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, and Mark Deboy tacked on a pair of second-half field goals to carry Charleston Southern.
Reyes ran for 114 yards on 20 carries to lead the Buccaneers (8-1, 2-0 Big South) to their sixth win on the road this season after going 2-20 the previous four seasons.
Heys McMath threw a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to bring the Blue Hose (3-5, 1-1 Big South) back, cutting the lead to 21-16 in the third quarter.
THE CITADEL 28, SAMFORD 26
At Charleston, Darien Robinson rushed for 83 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as The Citadel (3-6, 3-4 Southern Conference) erased a 17-0 deficit against
Samford (6-3, 4-1).
S.C. STATE 45, SAVANNAH STATE 9
At Savannah, Ga., Richard Cue threw four touchdown passes and ran for 128 yards and two more scores as the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-1 MEAC) pulled away from the
Tigers (1-9, 0-6).
FURMAN 16, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 14
At Statesboro, Ga., Ray Early kicked a field goal early in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game in a come-from-behind victory for the Paladins (4-5, 3-2 Southern) over the Eagles (4-4, 2-4).
ALBANY STATE 31, BENEDICT 6
At Albany, Ga., the Golden Rams scored 31 straight second-half points and dashed hopes for an Eastern Division championship for the Tigers (4-5, 2-2 SIAC).
The Tigers’ injury-depleted defense held the Golden Rams (4-4, 3-0) scoreless in the first half, including a stop on fourth-and-inches and had a 6-0 lead at the break.
But the Golden Rams scored on a 24-yard pass late in the third quarter, then added 24 points in the fourth quarter, including a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:24 left.
NORTH GREENVILLE 38, WINGATE 34
At Wingate, N.C., the Crusader offense scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, and the defense intercepted a pass with 23 seconds remaining to cap the comeback for the Crusaders (5-4).