Nov. 15, 2010
CONWAY - After tying a school record on Saturday, Coastal Carolina quarterback Zach MacDowall was named the National Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network and the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while wide receiver Matt Hazel, who tied a school record as well, was named the Big South Freshman of the Week.
The Chants, who won their third straight, improved to 4-1 in Big South Play with a 45-31 victory over #11 Liberty. The win also pulled Coastal into a tie for second with the Flames in the league standings with the Chants hosting Charleston Southern this Saturday and Liberty (4-1) hosting first-place Stony Brook (5-0). A Coastal win, coupled with a Liberty win would create a three-way tie for first place.
MacDowall (Acworth, Ga.) tied his own school record with 382 passing yards in the win. (Ironically, his other 382-yard passing game came two years ago versus Liberty.) He completed 25-of-37 passes, threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one score. The 382 passing yards is the most in the Big South this season and seventh-best (tied) on the Big South single-game list. For the game, MacDowall led Coastal to points on each of its six possessions of the first half and helped Coastal convert 7-of-8 of its third downs in the first half. Overall, Coastal was 11-of-18 on third downs. Of its 11 third downs converted, MacDowall threw completions eight times, including three touchdowns, and rushed for one first down for a total of nine third-down conversions. Also in the first half, starting with his first touchdown pass, MacDowall completed 15-of-16 passes until late in the second quarter.
Entering the game, Liberty's defense ranked 29th in the nation and second in the Big South, allowing just 170.11 passing yards per game and Coastal tallied 541 yards of total offense, the most Liberty had allowed since 2005 and the second-most Coastal had amassed versus a Big South opponent.
This is the second Big South weekly honor for MacDowall this season. He was also Offensive Player of the Week for his play at Presbyterian, where accounted for 301 yards of total offense and was responsible for four touchdowns. MacDowall has been very productive over his last two games. In the VMI and Liberty wins, MacDowall has completed 70.5 percent of his passes (43-of-61) with five passing TDs (one INT) and two rushing scores, averaging 318.0 yards passing per game and completing 16 straight at VMI.
This marks the fifth time a Chanticleer has been named The Sports Network National Player of the Week, joining Jerome Simpson (Oct. 19, 2006), Marrio Norman (Nov. 20, 2006), Dominique Davenport (Sept. 9, 2008) and Josh Norman (Nov. 9, 2009).
Hazel (North Augusta, S.C.) tied a school record, previously set by Jerome Simpson in 2005, by catching three touchdown passes in a game - one shy of the Big South single-game record. He finished the game with four receptions for 41 yards. All four of his catches were significant as all three TD catches came on third down and his other catch was an 11-yarder giving Coastal a first down.
Including to Hazel and MacDowall's two Big South weekly honors, Coastal has earned a total of seven Big South Player of the Week honors in 2010, joining Tarvorris Jolly (Special Teams), Jamel Davis (Defense), Davenport (Defense) and Andrae Jacobs (Defense).
Coastal will conclude the 2010 regular season with a home game versus Charleston Southern this Saturday (Nov. 20). Kickoff is set for 1 pm and the Department of Athletics will honor is football seniors prior to the game.
BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER SCENARIOS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - The Big South Conference's first-ever automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs will be determined this Saturday, Nov. 20, and Stony Brook (5-0), Coastal Carolina (4-1) and Liberty (4-1) are still in contention. Below is a breakdown for each team, as well as the scenarios in breaking a potential three-way tie for first-place at 5-1. The Conference's first three tiebreakers would not be enough to break the three-way tie, therefore, the fourth step - Points allowed in Conference games - would be the next procedure needed to break the three-way tie. Should this step fail to break the tie, the next step of Sagarin ratings following the Nov. 13 games will be used. If multiple ties are reduced to a tie between two teams, the Conference's two-way tiebreaker formula shall be utilized. Coastal Carolina hosts Charleston Southern at 1:00pm, while Stony Brook visits Liberty at 3:30pm in a televised game on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).
• Stony Brook (5-0, 68 points allowed in Conference games) has clinched at least a share of the Big South football championship and can clinch the League's automatic bid with:
o A victory at Liberty to finish as outright Big South champions at 6-0; or o A loss at Liberty coupled with a Coastal Carolina victory over Charleston Southern to tie as co-champions at 5-1, plus finishing with fewer points allowed in Conference games than Coastal Carolina and Liberty.
• Coastal Carolina (4-1, 106 points allowed in Conference games) can clinch the League's automatic bid with:
o A victory over Charleston Southern AND a Stony Brook loss at Liberty to tie as co-champions with Stony Brook and Liberty at 5-1, plus finishing with fewer points allowed in Conference games than Stony Brook and Liberty.
• Liberty (4-1, 110 points allowed in Conference games) can clinch the League's automatic bid with:
o A victory over Stony Brook AND a Coastal Carolina loss to Charleston Southern to tie as co-champions with Stony Brook at 5-1, and winning the two-way tiebreaker of head-to-head; or o A victory over Stony Brook and a Coastal Carolina victory over Charleston Southern to tie as co-champions at 5-1, and finishing with fewer points allowed in Conference games than Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina.