Here are our Big South Football Power Rankings which we will update each week during the season.
Note: Last week’s ranking in parenthesis.
1. (1) Coastal Carolina 4-0
Last week: CCU 48, Florida A&M 3
The Chanticleers continue to roll on all cylinders as they routed Florida A&M 48-3. Coastal remains unbeaten on the season and Alex Ross threw for 132 yards and 1 touchdown. Ross also added a touchdown on the ground. CCU converted 2 FAMU turnovers into points, 1 a fumble recovery for a touchdown and the other a blocked punt which went for a touchdown one play later. The Chants have scored 30 or more points in each game this season.
Next: vs Elon, 7pm
2. (2) Liberty 3-1
Last week: Liberty 38, Bryant 21
The Flames jumped out to an early 24-0 lead before Bryant responded with 2 touchdowns in the final 3 minutes of the first half. Josh Woodrum would lead Liberty on a touchdown drive on the first possession of the 2nd half giving LU a 31-7 lead as they went on to the victory. Woodrum was 24/34 passing for 319 yards and 1 touchdown. He also added 2 rushing touchdowns on the evening. John Lunsford booted a school record 57-yard field goal in the 1st quarter.
Next: @ Indiana State, 3pm
3. (3) Charleston Southern 4-0
Last week: CSU 20, the Citadel 18
Charleston Southern beats the first full scholarship team they have played this season, the Citadel, 20-18. The Buccaneers led 17-3 midway through the 3rd quarter before the Citadel narrowed the game to 17-10 entering the 4th quarter. The Citadel had a final chance to take the lead in the final minutes of the game, but CSU forced a fumble near midfield with 1:26 to play. The Buccaneers were able to run out the clock following the fumble.
Next: @ Charlotte, 12pm
4. (6) Gardner-Webb 2-2
Last week: GWU 43, Wofford 36
Lucas Beatty threw for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Gardner-Webb to a comeback win over Wofford, 43-36. The Runnin’ Bulldogs scored the winning touchdown with 2 minutes left in the game on a 5 yard pass from Beatty to Kenny Cook. Cook finished the game with 6 receptions for 59 yards and the one score.
Next: @ the Citadel, 6pm
5. (4) Monmouth 2-1
Last week: Duquesne 30, Monmouth 21
After leading 27-7 late in the 3rd quarter, Duquesne held on to hand Monmouth its first loss on the season, 30-21. Duquesne held the Hawks to 38 yards rushing on the afternoon. Monmouth quarterback Brandon Hill threw for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.
Next: @ Lehigh, 12:30
6. (5) Presbyterian 2-2
Last week: NC State 42, PC 0
The Blue Hose were held to 252 total yards while allowing nearly 500 to the Wolfpack in their blowout loss to NC State, 42-0. The game was 7-0 late in the 1st half until NC State scored 2 touchdowns in the final 2 minutes of the first half giving the Wolfpack a 21-0 lead at the break.