No. 14 Coastal Carolina holds off No. 8 BYU 22-17

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BYU running back Tyler Allgeier rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Coastal Carolina Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Conway, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina's Trey Carter was fed up hearing how his team couldn't win, and certainly wouldn't hold up against the offensive juggernaut of BYU and quarterback Zach Wilson.

“If you watch the game, you see we can,” Carter said with a grin.

The Chanticleers continued their perfect breakout season with a 22-17 victory over the eighth-ranked Cougars in a short-notice showdown of 9-0 teams Saturday night.

Fittingly, it took a final stop by freshman safety Mateo Sudipo on BYU's Dax Milne a yard from the goal line as time ran out in the Chants' aptly named “Victory” package.

“He deserves it,” linebacker Jeffrey Gunter said of the freshman. “He works hard.”

The Cougars (9-1, No. 13 CFP) were a mid-week fill-in, traveling more than 2,200 miles to the South Carolina coast and eagerly stepping in after No. 25 Liberty had to back out of the game Thursday due to COVID-19 concerns.

It sure looked like an uphill climb for Coastal (10-0), the Sun Belt East champs, as BYU entered with the fourth-highest scoring offense in the country at more than 47 points a game.

The Cougars (CFP No. 13) were looking to boost their resume for the College Football Playoff selection committee in hopes of playing in a major bowl game.