ELON — In just five games this season, senior Lorenzo Taliaferro has shuffled the Coastal Carolina record book so significantly that he now owns three of the top eight rushing performances in program history.
And Saturday was his best yet.
Taliaferro rushed for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns in 32 carries and the Chanticleers set a program record with 652 total offensive yards while rolling to a 53-28 win over Elon.
The Chants reached 50 points and topped 300 rushing yards for the third straight game while shutting out the Phoenix (1-4) after halftime, and they will take a perfect 5-0 record into their bye next week.
Taliaferro, in his first season as a starter after working as a change-of-pace back last year, became just the fourth player in program history to rush for at least 200 yards and delivered the second-best performance of that bunch. Only Mike Tolbert (now with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers) had more with 244 yards in 2007 against VMI.
Sophomore quarterback Alex Ross finished 22-of-29 passing for 297 yards, three touchdowns and an interception and rushed 85 yards and another score.
Ryan Young, The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News
Charlotte 45, Presbyterian 21: Matt Johnson threw for three touchdowns and Kaliff Phillips ran for two more in Clinton, S.C.
Presbyterian (1-3, 1-0 Big South) led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, but after Phillips tied the game on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter, Charlotte never looked back. Dominating on the ground, the 49ers (3-2) scored 31 points before the Blue Hose, playing for pride, could score again.
Valparaiso 49, Campbell 42: Eric Hoffman hit Andrew Cassara for an 11-yard touchdown in overtime in Valparaiso, Ind.
Campbell had a chance to tie and force a second overtime, but Brian Hudson was stopped on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line to secure the victory for the Crusaders (1-3, 1-0 Pioneer League).
Campbell forced overtime with Kurt Odom’s second touchdown, a 14-yard carry with 2:42 left. The Fighting Camels moved to the Valparaiso 45-yard line with five seconds remaining in regulation, but Hudson’s pass to the goal line was intercepted by Dale Cook to ensure overtime.
S.C. State 30, Hampton 6: The Bulldogs (3-2) held the visitors to two field goals. Dondre Brown scored two first-half rushing touchdowns and Darius Drummond (Asheville) returned an interception for 78 yards to close the third quarter.
Samford 62, W. Carolina 23: Andy Summerlin threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns in their Southern Conference opener in Birmingham, Ala.
The Catamounts overcame an early 14-0 deficit with 10 straight points, but the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 Southern) rolled from there as Fabian Truss returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Summerlin completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cephus late in the second quarter.
Troy Mitchell went 15-of-33 for 202 yards. He also had 77 yards rushing and a touchdown for Western Carolina (1-4, 0-2 Southern).
Gardner-Webb 55, Point (Ga.) 7: The host Runnin’ Bulldogs (4-1) jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead and racked up 503 yards of offense in a Big South win. Freshman running back Rod Talley came off the bench to rush for 116 yards and a pair of scores on 17 carries – collecting 113 of his yards after halftime.
Furman 24, The Citadel 17: Terry Robinson ran for two touchdowns and Tanner Skogen scored what became the winning touchdown as the Paladins (2-2) won on the road in a Southern Conference contest. The Bulldogs dropped to 1-4.
Saint Augustine’s 29, Bowie State 7: Led by a stout defense and a ball-control offense, the Falcons (2-2) won the CIAA opener for both teams.
Winston-Salem State 55, Virginia Union 15: The Rams (3-1) had a huge passing day with 451 yards in the road win, with three passers all notching touchdowns: Rudy Johnson went 14-for 26 with four, Charlotte’s Anthony Carrothers was 5-for-7 with two, and DeShean Townsend was 3-for-6 with a TD.
Catawba 25, Carson-Newman 22: The Indians (3-1) won on the road in Murfreesboro, Tenn., despite only 20 yards net rushing, with a big day from the passing game. Quarterback Danny O’Brien (East Forsyth) was 35-of-51 for 444 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Livingstone 35, Lincoln (Pa.) 7: The Blue Bears (2-2) won on the road, even scoring with 2 minutes, 49 seconds left when Rodney Brown caught a 36-yard pass.
Lenoir-Rhyne 24, Tusculum 10: Miles Freeman ran for a touchdown and passed for another as the Bears (3-1, 2-0) won a South Atlantic contest in Greeneville, Tenn.
UNC Pembroke 38, Wingate 10: Luke Charles threw three touchdown passes and Darcus Elliott (Pittsboro Northwood) returned an interception 49 yards for the hosts (4-0). The Bulldogs fell to 1-2.
Fayetteville State 31, Elizabeth City State 27: Antonio Mayo’s 23-yard field goal and Antonio Allen’s (Athens Drive) 4-yard pass from Derek Bryant (Carrboro) were the fourth-quarter caps to a close win for the Broncos (2-2, 1-0 CIAA). The Vikings fell to 0-4, 0-1.
Newberry 24, Mars Hill 10: Quarterback W.T. Murden threw for a touchdown and ran for another for the host Wolves (4-0, 2-0) in a South Atlantic win.