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Live Cure Bowl tracker: Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina

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Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall runs for yardage in the second quarter during the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (Preston Mack/Special to the P&C)

ORLANDO — This showdown was set for Dec. 5, the Liberty Flames were supposed to visit Brooks Stadium to take on No. 12 Coastal Carolina.

COVID-19 had other plans, keeping the Flames from visiting Conway due to complications with the virus.

The college football world finally gets the matchup, with two high-powered offenses and opportunistic defenses take to the field at Camping World Stadium in Orlando for the Cure Bowl — representing the Chants first appearance in a bowl game.

We've been connected with the team since mid-August, just before Grayson McCall told the world that CCU would be a force to be reckoned with.

Tonight, we keep you entertained for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, not only dishing on pivotal plays in the game, but a look back at key moments throughout the season as the world gets to know the Coastal Carolina football program a bit better:

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Update #29: 11:23 p.m.

Massimo Biscardi has his 42-yard field goal blocked, giving Liberty the 37-34 victory in Orlando.

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Update #28: 11:19 p.m.

After a huge stop by Enock Makonzo on third down, Liberty puts up a field goal to go up 37-34. CCU must at least match the field goal to extend the game.

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Update #27: 11:16 p.m.

Coastal Carolina wins the toss and elects to play defense first.

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Update #27: 11:12 p.m.

Coastal Carolina and Liberty are headed to overtime after a minor miracle keeps the Flames off the scoreboard!

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Update #26: 11:07 p.m.

UNBELIEVABLE! With the ball inside the 5-yard-line, Liberty fumbles at the goal line with 41 seconds left to give the ball back to Coastal Carolina with the game tied at 34!

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Update #25: 10:53 p.m.

After scrambling around, Grayson McCall connects with Greg Latushko for the second time in the end zone on Saturday. And on the must-have 2-point conversion, McCall dives over the goal line to tie the game! 34-34 with 3:01 to go in the game!

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Update #24: 10:43 p.m.

Liberty marches down the field, but settles for a FG to put the Flames up 34-26 with 5:03 remaining in the game.

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Update #23: 10:30 p.m.

Grayson McCall now has 302 yards in the air and 75 yards on the ground, while Jaivon Heiligh has 11 catches for 167 yards.

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Update #22: 10:27 p.m.

An incredible 45-yard teardrop pass from Grayson McCall into the arms of Jaivon Heiligh to start the drive leads the Chants to a 1-yard touchdown run from McCall, cutting Liberty's lead to 31-26 with 10:34 to go in the game.

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Update #21: 10:17 p.m.

After two stuffs at the goal line, Malik Willis gets the right corner — with a questionable non-call on a hold by Liberty to give him the edge — and he leaps into the end zone for his fourth rushing TD of the game.

Liberty now holds a 31-19 lead with 13:22 left in the game.

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Update #20: 10:12 p.m.

Liberty is on the move and inside the 10 as the third quarter ends with the Flames ahead 24-19.

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Update #20: 10:01 p.m.

Who is that man that just threw the 42-yard touchdown pass across his body? None other than freshman star Grayson McCall.

Learn more about him:

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Update #20: 9:58 p.m.

WOW! Throwing against his body and on 3rd-and-11, Grayson McCall completes a 42-yard touchdown pass to Greg Latushko to cut the lead to 24-19.

On the play, McCall is hit in the back as he delivered the pass and makes his way to the injury tent.

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Update #19: 9:46 p.m.

Trying to make something happen, Grayson McCall tosses it over the head of his intended receiver and Liberty returns an interception down to their 10-yard-line, and Malik Willis takes advantage with his third rushing touchdown of the day, putting the Flames up 24-13 with 8:28 to go in the third quarter.

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Update #18: 9:39 p.m.

After Liberty storms down the field, the Flames QB Malik Willis throws an interception in the end zone, as Alex Spillum collects CCU's second pick of the day to stifle the drive and give the Chants the ball for the first time in the second half.

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Coastal Carolina WR Jaivon Heiligh catches a ball in the second quarter as Liberty DB #7 Marcus Haskins tackles him during the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (Preston Mack/Special to the P&C)

Update #17: 9:22 p.m.

At the half, CCU has 234 total yards while Liberty was stifled in the second quarter and has just 173 yards.

The Chants' offense is being led by freshman Grayson McCall, who has 146 yards through the air and 54 more on the ground. Wideout Jaivon Heiligh has already surpassed 100 yards receiving, notching 105 yards on eight catches through two quarters.

CCU will need to be more disciplined in the second half, as the team had five penalties for 50 yards in the first half, including two 15-yarders.

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Update #16: 9:11 p.m.

The Chants answer in those final 40 seconds, driving down the field to set up a 33-yard field goal to cut back into Liberty's lead, with the Flames up 17-13 at the half.

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Update #15: 9:03 p.m.

Liberty goes 40 yards in 80 seconds and notches a field goal with 42 seconds remaining to extend its lead to 17-10.

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Brayden Matts narrowly misses his second interception on an errant Malik Willis throw to end the drive without a score.

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Coastal Carolina TE Isaiah Likely catches a TD pass in the second quarter during the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (Preston Mack/Special to the P&C)

Update #14: 8:56 p.m.

BOOM! A 25-yard connection from Grayson McCall to Isaiah Likely with 2:02 to go in the first half cuts Liberty's lead to 14-10.

With the long completion, McCall goes over 100 yards passing on the afternoon.

CCU has outgained Liberty 118-28 in the second quarter.

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Update #13: 8:50 p.m.

For the first time in the first half, the CCU defense holds Liberty to a three-and-out and regains possession of the ball with 4:04 to go until halftime.

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Update #12: 8:42 p.m.

After an inexplicable non-call in the end zone by a pair of referees that saw Isaiah Likely be held in the end zone, CCU fails to get into the end zone and settles for a 22-yard field goal from Massimo Biscardi, which he converts on to make it 14-3 in favor of Liberty.

Coastal Carolina is also hurting itself tonight, as a long pass play from McCall to Likely is nullified by an illegal man downfield, with wide receiver Kameron Brown lining up in the wrong spot along the line of scrimmage.

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Liberty QB Malik Willis is sacked in the first quarter by Coastal’s Jeffrey Gunther during the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (Preston Mack/Special to the P&C)

Update #11: 8:27 p.m.

Liberty's Malik Willis makes his first mistake of the night, with CCU's Brayden Matts picking up an interception to get the ball back into the hands of the Chants' offense.

It is Matts' second interception of the season.

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Update #10: 8:25 p.m.

In other Sun Belt action, No. 19 Louisiana broke a late tie against UTSA to win 31-24 and complete a one-loss season.

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Update #9: 8:08 p.m.

it's becoming the Malik Willis show in Orlando, as the Liberty star quarterback dives across the goal line for his second rushing touchdown of the game to put the Flames up 14-0 with six seconds to go in the first quarter.

Liberty has eight first downs against Coastal's one, while the Flames have 115 yards and the Chants have 48.

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The Coastal Carolina football team warms up prior to Saturday's Cure Bowl against Liberty at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (Preston Mack/Special to the Post and Courier)

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Update #8: 8 p.m.

Coastal Carolina's normally unstoppable offense has been stifled on its first two drives, with the latest a three-and-out after Grayson McCall's third-down run comes up a yard short.

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Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall throws for yardage in the second quarter during the Cure Bowl on Dec. 26 in Orlando, Fla. (Preston Mack/Special to the P&C)

Update #7: 7:47 p.m.

After the Chants get it into enemy territory, they stall on a 4th-and-2 to give the ball to Liberty at the 36-yard-line.

Liberty converts on its own 4th-and-2 near midfield, Malik Willis hits on a 30-yard pass play and then walks it into the end zone to put Liberty up 7-0 with 6:59 left in the first quarter.

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Update #6: 7:40 p.m.

With the Chants getting the ball first, the world gets an early look at freshman QB Grayson McCall, who has 23 touchdown tosses against 2 interceptions this season.

And, for the first time this season, Grayson got to speak to the media on Wednesday. Our Nick Masuda with the story:

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Update #5: 7:35 p.m.

While many believe that CCU is a third-quarter team — and it is — it has also gotten off to fast starts all season long, outscoring opponents, 110-48, in the first quarter.

The Chants have led or have been tied at the end of one quarter in 9 of 11 games so far this season. In their last three games, CCU has outscored opponents, 34-10.

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Update #4: 7:10 p.m.

Our photo correspondent, Preston Mack, is on the scene at Camping World Stadium, with CCU donning their black uniforms for its first-ever bowl game:

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The Coastal Carolina football team warms up prior to Saturday's Cure Bowl against Liberty at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (Preston Mack/Special to the Post and Courier)

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Update #3: 7:05 p.m.

Did you know that the Cure Bowl is in only its 12th year of existence? Originally started by local business folks, the game has blossomed into a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with a $20 million impact on the local Orlando economy.

The money raised benefits breast cancer researchers, while also providing a platform to educate both participating teams on the research.

One of CCU's biggest stars, Tarron Jackson, has played his entire high school and collegiate career for his late brother, who died of leukemia.

Check out Danny Kelly's story on how Tarron has used the heartbreak to fuel his quest for a spot on an NFL roster:

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Update #2: 6:35 p.m.

Liberty? No. 17. Coastal Carolina? No. 18. Tonight's game will feature two of the best offensive programs in the nation, with the Flames averaging 38.3 points per game, while the Chants are at 37.5 ppg.

It will also feature two of the top QBs in the land, with Liberty's Malik Willis taking on CCU freshman Grayson McCall.

Check out Danny Kelly's preview of tonight's game, where he breaks down tonight's offenses:

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Update #1: 6:30 p.m.

It seems like you can't go a day without head ball coach Jamey Chadwell not either being nominated or winning a coaching award — a product of being 11-0 and showing the so-called experts that they had little clue about how good the Chants were, with CCU predicted to finish last in the East Division.

On Saturday, Chadwell won the Coach of the Year award from CBS Sports and 247 Sports.

Check out Danny Kelly's story here:

Reach Nick Masuda at 843-607-0912. Follow him on Twitter at @nickmasudaphoto. 

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