Coastal Carolina eliminates Richmond

Conway, SC (SportsNetwork.com) – Coastal Carolina could have stewed for the
last two weeks over a blocked field goal attempt on the final play of the
regular season, which spoiled its perfect record.

Instead, the Chanticleers went out and did something about.

Seventh-seeded Coastal took its frustration out on Richmond with a 36-15 rout
in the second round.

Coastal (12-1) next meets Saturday’s survivor between South Dakota State and
second-seeded North Dakota State in the national quarterfinals next weekend.
This is the second straight season in which the Chanticleers have reached the
round of eight.

The only blemish on Coastal’s record was the 15-14 loss to Liberty to end the
regular season on Nov. 22. The Chanticleers had a 24-yard chip shot blocked to
end that game and were forced to share the Big South Conference title with
Liberty.

But coach Joe Moglia’s squad, coming off a first-round bye, played with focus
in ending Richmond’s season one week after the visiting Spiders (9-5)
eliminated Morgan State from the playoffs. The Chanticleers rushed for 316
yards to overcome Richmond quarterback Michael Strauss’ 402 passing yards.

Coastal Carolina clung to a 6-0 lead late in the second quarter until they
capped an 11-play, 58-yard drive with Alex Ross’ 13-yard touchdown pass to
tight end Craig Weick with 33 seconds left in the first half. Austin Cain ran
in the two-point conversion and the Chanticleers had a 14-0 halftime lead.

It got much worse for Richmond in the third quarter. Andre Johnson scored on a
9-yard run to give Coastal a 21-0 lead at the 12:13 mark.

The Spiders answered with Strauss’ 76-yard touchdown pass to Brian Brown to
pull within 21-7. But Henderson broke off a 50-yard touchdown run on the
Chanticleers’ ensuing drive and Ross scored from 1 yard out just before the end
of the quarter to push the lead to 36-8.

Henderson finished with 134 yards on 19 carries and Ross was 22-for-41 for 171
yards and a touchdown, adding 52 yards on the ground.