Football Hosts Western Illinois; Youth Day is Saturday
|2017 COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL|
|Game Three||Coastal Carolina (1-1) vs. #19/21 Western Illinois (2-0)|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Sept. 23 | 6:30 p.m.|
|Fan Information||CCU Fan Guide | CCU Clear Bag Policy|
|Game Day Information||Buy Tickets | Parking Map | Stadium Diagram|
|Series History||Series Tied 1-1|
|CCU Facts||Saturday is Youth day at Brooks Stadium|
|Game Notes||CCU Notes | Western Illinois Notes | Sun Belt Notes|
|Live Stats||Game Tracker|
|Listen (Online)||Coastal Carolina Radio Network (Joe Cashion, Layne Harris, Joe Catenacci, Chris Burgin)|
|Listen (Radio)||WRNN, 99.5 FM|
|Watch||ESPN3 (Brock Bowling & Doug Graber)|
|Team Information||CCU Football Website | Western Illinois Football Website|
|CCU Social Media||@GoCCUsports (Twitter) | @CoastalFootball (Twitter) | @CCUChanticleers(Facebook)|
Western Illinois is currently ranked #19 in the NCAA FCS media poll and 21st the FCS Coaches poll. The last time CCU and WIU met, Coastal was ranked #1 in the FCS. The first time the team played - the 2010 FCS Playoffs, Coastal hosted the 21st-ranked Leathernecks.
Coastal vs Western Illinois
Coastal and Western Illinois are meeting for the third time. Each Team has claimed a win in the previous two meetings. Both of the previous games were played in Conway and both came down to a defensive stop in the final seconds to preserve the win.
In 2010, CCU hosted the Leathernecks in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. WIU's Matt Barr's five-yard touchdown run with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter broke a 10-10 tie and propelled Western Illinois to a 17-10 win. Coastal out-gained WIU 462-to-385, but CCU committed five turnovers, including three interceptions. Coastal Carolina had one final opportunity to send the game into overtime and ultimately put together what appeared to be the game-tying drive. Quarterback Zach MacDowall drove the Chanticleers the length of the field in nine plays, highlighted by a 17-yard run to the WIU four-yard line. On the ensuing play, however, Kieron James intercepted a pass on the goal line to preserve the win for the Leathernecks.
The last time the two programs met, Coastal Carolina was the top-ranked team in the FCS, part of an eight-week run atop the poll in the 2015 season. In that game, current Denver Bronco De'Angelo Henderson rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns as #1 Coastal Carolina overcame four deficits to hold off Western Illinois 34-27 before a then record crowd of 10,311 at Brooks Stadium. WIU threatened on the final drive of the game, heaving one final pass into the end zone, but Kerron Johnson was there to knock it away and secure the win for Coastal.
Forcing Turnover Streak
Coastal Carolina has forced a turnover in 15 consecutive games, dating back to its FCS playoff game versus The Citadel to close the 2015 season.
Coastal has recovered a fumble in 11 of those 15 games and created a total of 33 turnovers over the span.
Youth Day/Cheer Clinic
The game versus Western Illinois will be "Youth Day" at Brooks Stadium. On the day of the game, youth tickets (18-and-under) will be sold for $5 and they must be purchased on Saturday at the South ticket booth, which is closest to Gate 4.
Also on Saturday, Sept. 23, the Chanticleer spirit teams will have a cheer and dance clinic. The one-day clinic is for kindergarten-through-eighth grade students and will be held from 9 am to Noon in Kimbel Arena on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The cost of the clinic is $40 and includes a souvenir T-shirt and the participant's admission to the football game later that day. Clinic participants will perform and cheer with the Coastal cheerleaders and dance team members during halftime of the Western Illinois game. For more information or to register, visit: Spirit Youth Clinic