Aug. 30, 2011
Coastal Carolina vs. Furman
GAME 1 Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 6:00 pm 2011 Home and Season Opener
Coastal Carolina Football Game Notes (vs. Furman)
- The first "Chanticleer Call-In" program of the 2011-12 season, featuring head coach David Bennettand Matt Hogue, is set to take place this Thursday from 6:30-7:30 at Logan's Roadhouse in the restaurant district of Coastal Grand Mall. The show airs each Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm on 93.9 FM from the Logan's Roadhouse (near Coastal Grand Mall). The show, as well as all Coastal Carolina football games, can be heard world-wide by CLICKING HERE. Fans can ask Coach Bennett questions by calling (866) 866-6562 or by email at email@example.com.
CCU-FU Series Information
This is the third meeting between Coastal Carolina and Furman, each winning a game on its home turf in the previous two meetings.
A Brooks Stadium-record 10,013 people witnessed the first meeting between the schools on Oct. 7, 2006. The up-and-coming Chanticleers defeated the then third-ranked Paladins, 29-27, and used the victory as a springboard to earn Coastal's, as well as the Big South's, only at-large berth to the NCAA playoffs. The game was tied at 21-21 to start the fourth quarter as Tyler Thigpen capped a 15-play drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to Jerome Simpson. Furman re-gained the advantage with 9:35 left when Jordan Sorrells connected with Justin Stepp for a 19-yard score. However, the ensuing PAT was blocked and Coastal's Sean Lundy returned the ball for two-points, making the score 27-23. Coastal kept the momentum with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard Thigpen to Simpson TD. The door was left open for Furman as the Paladins blocked the PAT, but were unable to score. Coastal's defense would force a turnover on downs on the next possession and, after punting the ball back to Furman, eventually ended the game at midfield when Ronnie Mason sacked Sorrells.
Almost a year-to-the-day later (Oct. 6, 2007), the teams moved the series to Greenville where Furman scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 27-17 win. The Paladins got on the board first with a 63-yard punt return by R.J. Webb. Later in the quarter, Furman would block a punt, leading to a 29-yard Scott Beckler field goal. Coastal quarterback William Richardson would throw TD passes of 16 and 17 yards to Santini Washington and Simpson, respectively, to give CCU a 14-10 lead at the break. In the third quarter, Furman used 7:39 seconds for a 16-play, 72-yard scoring drive, capped by a one-yard Jerome Fulton rushing TD. Later, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Adrain Grady forced a fumble which Whittmin Resse recovered. Five plays later, Justin Durhamsplit the uprights from 42 yards out to tie the game at 17-17. Reese looked to have been a hero again, forcing a fumble on a long Cedric Gipson rush. However, Furman recovered the ball and, two plays later, scored. The Paladin defense forced a three-and-out and Beckler sealed the game with 2:36 left with a 42-yard field goal, proving the 27-17 final.
COASTAL CAROLINA VS. FURMAN
Overall: 1-1 Home: 1-0 Away: 0-1
Date Opponent Result CCU Opp.
Oct. 7, 2006 #3 Furman W 29 27 - Brooks Stadium record crowd of 10,013
Oct. 6, 2007 at Furman L 17 27
Coastal Begins Year Number Nine
Being a young program, Coastal Carolina is still setting "firsts" and rewriting the record books often. The following are a list of the Chanticleers' "firsts" from the first eight years:
In 2003, posted a winning record in its first year (6-5) thanks to a 48-14 win over Charleston Southern in the season finale.
In year two of the program, was Big South Champions and became the first Big South team to win 10 games in a season (10-1).
In year three, Coastal was co-Big South Champions and became the first Big South team to defeat a team ranked #1 (James Madison, 31-27).
In year four, Coastal was Big South Champion, becoming the first team two win three straight Big South titles. Went on to earn the Big South first playoff berth, receiving an at-large bid. At season's end, Tyler Thigpen becomes the first Big South player ever drafted by the NFL (7th round).
In year five, Jerome Simpson becomes the highest Big South player ever drafted by the NFL (2nd) with he and Thigpen still being the only two Big South players drafted.
In year eight, Coastal wins a Big South-record fourth championship, sharing the regular-season title with Liberty and Stony Brook, and receives the league's first automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Football Championship. Then, Coastal hosted Western Illinois to be the first Big South team to host a playoff game.
Overall, CCU head coach David Bennettis the winningest coach in league history, both with 56 overall wins and 24 conference wins.
The Last Time....
The last time Furman came to Brooks Stadium, a record crowd of 10,013 saw Coastal Carolina upset then #3 Furman 29-27.
Coastal In Season Openers (3-5) and Home Openers (6-2)
Coastal Carolina is 3-5 in season openers. The Chants won each of their first three season openers, including a 21-14 decision over Newberry in the program's first game as well as wins at Morehead State in 2004 and at Elon in 2005. Coastal has lost its last five season openers, falling to Elon at home in 2006 and dropping road games at Delaware State (2007), at #22 Penn State (2008), at Kent State (2009) and at #25 West Virginia (2010). When playing its home opener, Coastal's record improves to 6-2. The Chants won its first three home openers (Newberry in 2003, Davidson in 2004 and #1 James Madison in 2005). Coastal has gone back-and-forth in home openers in each of the last five years, falling to Elon in 2006, beating Winston-Salem State in 2007, losing to Colgate in 2008, defeating Monmouth in 2009 and being beaten by Georgia Southern in 2010.
Coastal Versus the SoCon (2-8 overall; 1-3 in Brooks Stadium)
Coastal Carolina has played five members of the Southern Conference a total of 10 times, including Furman twice, Georgia Southern three times, Elon twice, Appalachian State twice and Wofford. Coastal is 2-8 all-time versus the league with just four of those games coming within the friendly confines of Brooks Stadium. In 2005, Coastal opened the season at Elon and came away with a 17-10 decision. After returning home to upset then #1 James Madison, Coastal returned to the road to face Appalachian State in Boone, falling 30-3. In 2006, Coastal's first three games were versus SoCon team and would end up facing five SoCon teams before the season was over. First, Elon returned the favor, coming to Brooks Stadium to open the season and escaping with a 23-20 decision over the Chants. CCU then traveled to Wofford to defeat the Terriers 41-38. A week later, Coastal stayed on the road to face #24 Georgia Southern and lost 38-21. On Oct. 7, then #3 Furman came to Brooks Stadium and Coastal treated the record crowd of 10,013 to a 29-27 victory. Thanks in part to the wins over Wofford and Furman, the 9-2 Chants earned an at-large berth to the NCAA playoffs and lost in the first round at top-seed Appalachian State, 45-28. In 2007, Georgia Southern came to Conway in week three and left with a 42-34 victory. Two weeks later, Coastal traveled to Greenville to face Furman with the Paladins claiming a 27-17 decision. Coastal would not face another SoCon team until 2010 when Georgia Southern returned to Brooks Stadium and once again left the victor, winning 43-26.
Lots of Connections
Early On Coastal Carolina will play Furman, Catawba and Georgia in its first three games with each of the opponents have numerous ties to the Chanticleer football program.
Furman -- Coastal Carolina has two Furman graduates on its football staff, including Recruiting Coordinator and tight ends coach Gary Smallen (class of 1972) and offensive line coach Patrick Covington (class of 2006). Also, Covington's father, Dwight, works in the Furman athletics department ticket office. Coastal Carolina head coach David Bennett's mother, the late Margie Mayfield Bennett, was a cheerleader at Furman.
Catawba -- Coach Bennett and CCU defensive coordinator Curtis Walker are members of the Catawba Hall of Fame. Bennett, who was head coach of the Indians from 1995-2001, had offensive coordinator Kevin Brown, defensive ends coach Grant Cain and defensive backs coach Mike Castellano all play for him and graduate from Catawba, while equipment manager Wilson Beaverworked with Bennett there as well as graduating from Catawba as well.
Georgia -- Coastal has and has had numerous players from Georgia. However, there is another tie between CCU and Georgia. In 1987 and `88, Coastal Carolina had a club football team. Having no budget and no support from the university, head coach Andy Lanier asked South Carolina and Clemson for any equipment they could spare. Both schools said "no." Lanier, a Georgia native, then went to the University of Georgia, who gladly passed down enough equipment to field a team at Coastal. Coastal could gladly wear the Red and Black, which was Coastal's colors at the time. However, the team would be called the Coastal Carolina Bulldogs due to the help UGA was able to provide.
Home Sweet Home (33-13 at home -- 52-22 on natural grass all-time)
After playing six of its first nine games on the road to start the 2010 football season, Coastal Carolina closed the 2010 season with three home games and will open 2011 with home games versus Furman and Catawba. The Chanticleers play in Brooks Stadium with Benton Field being natural grass. For its history, Coastal has played 74 of its 91 games on natural grass. The Chanticleers are 52-22 (.702) on natural grass overall -- 33-13 (.717) at home and 19-9 (6.79) on the road. Coastal was 6-3 on natural grass in 2010. When playing on artificial surfaces, Coastal is just 4-13 in its eight-year history.