Ross, Coastal Carolina ice Montana 42-35
Alex Ross threw for three touchdowns and Lorenzo Taliaferro
rushed for two touchdowns as Coastal Carolina pushed past the No. 8
seed Montana 42-35 in the second round of the FCS Playoffs on a
Coastal Carolina (12-2), which survived minus-5 degrees at
kickoff, will play at two-time defending champion North Dakota
State (12-0), a 38-7 winner over Furman next weekend.
Ross’s three touchdowns came in the first half, including two to
Niccolo Mastromatteo as Chanticleers scored 21 unanswered points in
the second quarter to build a 35-14 halftime lead.
The Grizzlies (10-3) opened the second half with a 5-yard
touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Johnson to Jamaal Jones.
Johnson found Jones again in the fourth quarter for a 72-yard
touchdown, to pull within seven, but Coastal Carolina ran out the
clock to seal its victory.
Johnson led Montana with 388 yards passing, four touchdowns and
had one interception.