Sept. 12, 2012
Coastal Carolina vs. Eastern Kentucky
This will mark the first meeting between Coastal Carolina and Eastern Kentucky on the gridiron. Coastal enters the game with a 2-0 record (0-0 Big South) after defeating North Carolina A&T in its home opener and Furman on the road. #20 Eastern Kentucky enters the game with a 1-1 record (0-0 OVC) after losing at Purdue and defeating Morehead State at home.
Press Conference Quotes
Quinn Backus on the Furman game:
It was a well-fought game. Sometimes Furman would catch us doing things we didn't have any business doing. This week we have been practicing hard and focusing on our techniques so we don't have as many mistakes as last game. We just need to do what our coaches coach us to do and stay coachable. We just need to focus on what we need to do. Everybody is excited about football around campus. It adds energy to the team and community and helps us rise and continue to play hard and makes us want to give it all and play all we've got for the university. We just have to play our football, buy into what our coaches are telling us, and execute.
Matt Hazel on preparing for EKU:
We know we have to come to work every day. We have to prepare for our opponent weekly. Coaches do a great job of looking at our opponents. Playing a ranked team is a good challenge for us. Eastern Kentucky is a good team and we are looking forward to it. We have to take it one game at a time. We can't look at what they did last season; we have to look at what they are doing this season.
Joe Moglia Opening Statement:
On behalf of Coastal and our team, I can't tell you how excited and pleased we were to win that (Furman) game. Offensively, we were off to a good start. As an offense, when you're down, and we got down, for them to come from behind and do what they did, you have to give them a lot of credit. Alex came in and made that kick under pressure, I was very proud of what the offense did then. Then to go into overtime, and come through the way they did, I thought that was pretty significant. I was proud of how they came through the latter part of the game. Defensively, early on we were playing well but then we had a break down. We showed improvement since last week. When we got to the end of the game, our defense fell apart. We weren't doing the job we needed to do. That put us in overtime. Fortunately, the breakdown of our defense didn't cost us the game. We've got to be able to win the special teams. We won the special teams game. For our team to come through in triple overtime - it was a wonderful victory for Coastal Carolina. We know we made mistakes, and those are things we are going to get better at over time.
On Eastern Kentucky:
Eastern Kentucky is a better football team, and has better talent than either A&T or Furman. They have a great power running attack. Their running back averaged over six yards a carry last season and ended up with over 1,500 yards. Their quarterback last year threw 18 touchdowns but the reason he's so effective is because of their play-action. They have a good receiver in (Cameron) Bailey who seems to be their go-to guy. From a defensive perspective they are big and physical up front. Their linebackers and secondary are solid and move to the ball well. From a special teams perspective, these guys do more things than any football team I have seen at any level. We had to devote more time to special teams this week just to prepare for their different looks.
On facing a nationally ranked team:
We can't do anything about that. It doesn't matter their rank. They're pretty good and we understand where they are. We don't care about what happens as far as ranking after this game we just care about this game. If we spend ten minutes thinking about their rank, that's ten minutes of preparation we lost.
On the home atmosphere:
The students here on opening day were phenomenal. That group of students was as enthusiastic as any other group anywhere in the country. The fact that they were that enthusiastic really made us feel good. We're incredibly grateful for that.