CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Alex Ross threw four touchdown passes to lead Coastal Carolina to a 48-24 victory over Bethune-Cookman in the first round of the FCS playoffs Saturday.
Both Coastal Carolina (11-2, 4-1 Big South) and Bethune-Cookman (10-3, 7-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) are ranked, and each were conference co-champions. Coastal Carolina travels December 7 to Montana (10-2) for the second round.
Ross threw two of his TD passes in the first half, Mike McClure returned a fumble 39 yards for a score, and Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for an 8-yard touchdown as the Chanticleers built a 27-10 halftime lead.
The Chanticleers opened the second half with TD passes of 23 and 21 from Ross. Ross was 13 of 18 for 256 yards passing without throwing an interception. Taliaferro led the Chanticleers with 85 yards rushing.
Brodrick Waters threw for a 16-yard touchdown and rushed for a 27-yard TD to lead Bethune-Cookman.