CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- Lorenzo Taliaferro ran for three touchdowns and Alex Ross returned from a sprained foot to fire a pair of touchdown passes as undefeated Coastal Carolina turned away Charlotte, 50-25, in a non-conference game Saturday.
Ross fired a five-yard pass to Matt Hazel to end the first quarter and found DeMario Bennett from 39 yards out in the second. The sophomore now is 9-0 as a starter and Coastal Carolina (9-0, 3-0 Big South) has scored 50 or more points in five of his starts. The Chanticleers came into the game as the highest scoring team in FCS, averaging 47 points per game.
The win sets up a Big South showdown next week at Charleston Southern between the conference's two remaining unbeaten teams.
Kalif Phillips carried 15 times for 132 yards and a touchdown for the 49ers, who now are 4-5 in their inaugural season as an FCS independent.