Coastal Football Set for Season/Home Opener
|2017 COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL|
|Game One||Coastal Carolina (0-0) vs. Mass (0-1)|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Sept. 2 | 7:00 p.m.|
|Fan Information||CCU Football Live | CCU Fan Guide | CCU Clear Bag Policy|
|Game Day Information||Buy Tickets | Parking Map | Stadium Diagram|
|Series History||First Meeting|
|CCU Facts||9-5 in Season Openers / 11-3 in Home Openers|
|Game Notes||CCU Notes | UMass Notes | Sun Belt Notes|
|Live Stats||Game Tracker|
|Listen (Online)||Coastal Carolina Radio Network (Joe Cashion, Layne Harris, Joe Cats, Chris Burgin)|
|Listen (Radio)||WRNN, 99.5 FM|
|Watch||ESPN3 (Brock Bowling & Stan Lewter)|
|Team Information||CCU Football Website | UMass Football Website|
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Coastal vs UMass
This is the first meeting between Coastal Carolina and UMass.
While Coastal and UMass have never met, there is a strong connection between the two.
CCU running backs coach Bill Durkin played offensive line for the Minutemen from 1990-93, graduated from UMass in 1994 and spent two seasons (1995 and `96) in the football strength staff. He was a consensus first team All-American as a senior (1993) and later named to the Yankee Conference 50th Anniversary All-Star Team. He was additionally a two-year captain as well as a two-year All-Yankee Conference pick.
Coastal In Season Openers (9-5)
Coastal Carolina is 9-5 in season openers and has won each of its last six openers, including four straight on the road.
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 then lost its next 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).
Coastal has won each of its last six season openers, including a 29-13 victory in the 2012 season opener versus North Carolina A&T to begin the Joe Moglia era.
Coastal In Home Openers (11-3)
Coastal is 11-3 in home openers and has won each of its last six home openers.
This marks just the fifth time CCU has opened the season at home and the Chants are 3-1 when the season opener is also the home opener.
Coastal has not opened the season at home since a 29-13 victory over North Carolina A&T in what was the first game of the Joe Moglia era.
The first game CCU played in its history was a home opener to start the 2003 season and CCU defeated Newberry 21-14.
One of the biggest wins in CCU history was the home opener of 2005. Coastal, in year three of the program, opened the year by hosting top-ranked and defending national champion James Madison. Coastal's Tyler Thigpen hit Perry Parks for an eight-yard score with 30 seconds left in the game to claim a 31-27 win.
Coastal Carolina versus FBS
Coastal only played seven NCAA Division I FBS programs in its first 16 seasons as a program (2003-16). The Chanticleers are 0-7 in such games and were out-scored 331-51.
The last time Coastal faced an FBS program was in 2013 when the Chanticleers --ranked #7 in the FCS -- made the short trip to Columbia to face then #11 South Carolina and lost 70-10. The setback ultimately set the stage for CCU to host and beat #12 Bethune-Cookman in the first round of the FCS Playoffs, travel to Montana to come away with one of the all-time upsets in FCS history with a 42-35 win over #4 Montana and fall to eventual national champion North Dakota State in the FCS Quarterfinal.
The closest Coastal got to winning a game versus an FBS team was a 38-28 loss at Toledo in what was Coach Moglia's fourth game as CCU head coach.
Coastal Closes FCS With Impressive Run
Head coach Joe Moglia started his tenure at CCU with a 2-4 record in 2012. From that point to the end of the 2016 season, Coastal was 44-6 (.880) over its last 50 regular-season games versus FCS opponents. Coastal was 48-10 (.828) over its last 58 overall games versus FCS opponents (including a 4-4 mark in eight in playoff games).
CCU 2nd in NCAA with 17 Graduates Playing in `17
Coastal Carolina has 15 of its 17 football seniors with undergraduate degrees and, with two juniors that received degrees in August 2017, a total of 17 football Chants will either be working on their Masters or a second undergraduate degree this fall.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame released a list of 952 student-athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees and will be playing college football this fall while pursuing second diplomas. Coastal Carolina had the second-most graduates in all division of NCAA college football that will be playing this fall with 17, trailing only Northwestern with 18.
^ 18 -- Northwestern
^ 17 -- Coastal Carolina
^ 14 -- Cincinnati, East Carolina
^ 13 -- Toledo
^ 12 -- TCU, Alabama, Oregon
^ 11 -- Georgia State, Kansas State, Maryland, UCF, USF, Virginia
^ 10 -- Kent State, Nevada, New Mexico, South Alabama, Texas Tech, West Virginia