Defense key in Coastal Carolina's 36-15 FCS playoff victory over Richmond

Coastal Carolina scored the first 21 points of the game while its defense clamped down on Richmond in a 36-15 victory on Saturday in a second-round FCS playoff game.

Alex Ross completed 22 of 41 passes for 171 yards and a 13-yard scoring toss to Craig Weick for the seventh-seeded Chanticleers (12-1). De'Angelo Henderson rushed for 134 yards and a 50-yard touchdown run. Ross became CCU's all-timer passing leader with 6,511 yards.

Richmond's Michael Strauss was 26-of-53 passing for 402 yards — though only 216 through the first three quarters. He had touchdown throws of 76 and 15 yards to Brian Brown, who finished with 181 yards receiving. Reggie Diggs added 140 yards receiving for the Spiders (9-5). Strauss was intercepted twice.

Quinn Backus led the CCU defense with 10 tackles. Richmond entered the game first in the FCS in third-down conversions but was only 2 of 13 on Saturday.