Coastal Carolina Defeats Montana In FCS Playoffs

10:28 PM, Dec 7, 2013   |    comments
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - 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 frigid Saturday.

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.

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