Coastal Carolina RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (photo from BigSouthSports.com)

Charlotte 49ers hope numbers--and score--go their way against powerful Coastal Carolina

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47.4. The number of points per game Coastal Carolina has scored on average this season.

271.1. The average number of yards they gain on the ground per outing.

32. The number of touchdowns rushed for this season.  17. The number of passing touchdowns.

3 and 6. The Chanticleers’ ranking in the coaches’ and Sports Network FCS polls, respectfully.

If the Charlotte 49ers thought they had faced some steep challenges already, that will be nothing compared to what they’ll experience on Saturday as they go up against their toughest foe of the season.  The Chants are a runaway favorite to win the Big South and look poised to host a second round playoff game in the NCAA playoffs, if not a contender to make it to the Division 1 Football Championship in Frisco, Texas on January 4.

All of that could be off the table, though, if the Niners are able to pull off an upset at Brooks Stadium this weekend.

Here’s a look at some other vital Coastal stats:
–They’ve scored at least 27 points in all of their games, have scored 35 or more in seven straight and 42 or more in six straight (including four 50+ point games and a 66 point performance this past weekend against VMI).
–Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro has gone for 1,112 yards on 166 carries, fifth in FCS and an average of 6.7 yards an attempt. He’s racked up 18 touchdowns on the ground–second in the country–and is a nominee for the Walter Payton Award for the best player in FCS.
–Coastal’s 47.4 points a game is more than any team in the division.
–The Chants’ 271.1 yards per outing on the ground is 6th; they’re also tops in the nation in red zone offense (95.7%) and second in 3rd down conversion percentage (54.5%). They’re 9th in total offense with 496.6 yards.
–As strong as the team’s offense is, they don’t have a ton of yards through the air; just 1,804 (225.5 a game). Taliaferro’s output has made up for that, though.

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