COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL
CHANTICLEERS vs. SEAWOLVES
Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium (7,322) -- Conway, South Carolina
Saturday, October 25, 2008 -- 7 p.m.
Back In League Action:The Coastal Carolina football squad will play the fifth of its six regular season home games when it hosts Stony Brook for a Big South Conference title in the Chanticleers’ Homecoming contest this season. The Chants come into tonight’s game after a solid 35-10 defeat of visiting North Carolina Central, Oct. 18. The Seawolves also enter the contest off a win, having a last minute, come-from-behind victory over visiting Charleston Southern, 20-19, for their first win in the league.
The Coaches:Coastal Carolina Head Coach David Bennett (Presbyterian, ‘84) is in his sixth season at Coastal Carolina with a 43-21 record and 106-38 overall in his 13th year as a head coach. Prior to Coastal in seven seasons at Catawba, he led the Indians to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs, including a run into the national semifinal round in 2001.
Stony Brook Head Coach Chuck Priore (Albany, ’82) is in his third season as head coach of the Seawolves with a 13-16 record and in his ninth as the top man overall, posting a 52-25 mark. The Seawolves became members of the Big South Conference in the 2008 season.
History with Stony Brook:Tonight’s contest is the first-ever meeting between the Chanticleers and Seawolves. This is also the first league meeting between the two teams, as Stony Brook joined the league starting with this season.
Coastal Carolina Still a Force in the Big South: Coastal Carolina is still showing it has to be reckoned with in the Big South Conference. Despite having a losing season in 2007, the Chanticleers posted a winning record in the league for the fourth straight year and have won 15 of their last 19 league games. In its five-plus year history, Coastal Carolina is 15-7 (.682) overall, the best record among all league schools in that time period. Liberty is 14-8, while Gardner-Webb is now 12-9. Charleston Southern is 8-13 and VMI is 5-16.
New Faces On the Schedule: Tonight’s opponent Stony Brook is the seventh and final new foe for Coastal Carolina in the 2008 slate. All six non-conference games were against unfamiliar teams, with the Chanticleers posting a 4-2 mark in those games. The slate also has had a distinct Northeast flavor to it, as four of the six non-conference squads, along with Stony Brook, are from that region of the country.
When Its Natural: Coastal Carolina has played 54 of its 64 games in its history on natural grass. The Chanticleers are 39-15 (.722) on natural grass, including 25-8 at Brooks Stadium, while going just 4-6 on the fake stuff. This year, the Chants are playing 11 of their 12 games on natural grass, with the only exception in Week Three as Coastal Carolina got a 26-7 victory on Field Turf at Monmouth.
Winning When Scoring First:Coaches say a good start is essential and the Chanticleers have proven that in their history. Coastal Carolina has been a stellar team when scoring first, holding a 29-4 (.879) mark in five-plus seasons of play.
The Magic Number is 200: The magic answer to the question for Coastal Carolina is 200, as the Chanticleers are now 29-4 (.879) lifetime when rushing for 200 yards or more in a game. The only losses came in 2005’s finale at Charleston Southern and last year’s losses to Georgia Southern, against Presbyterian and at Liberty.
Rushing Defense Steps Up: The Coastal Carolina rushing defense stepped up to the task against North Carolina Central, Oct. 18. The Chanticleers limited the visiting Eagles to just 39 yards rushing, the lowest opponent rushing total this season and the third time in 2008 they have held the opposition to under 100 yards on the ground.
Winning at Halftime: The Chanticleers are impressive when leading at the half with a 31-6 (.838) mark. Coastal Carolina is now 17-2 at home when taking a lead into the intermission, while posting a 14-4 mark when leading at the half on the road. The only losses have occurred in 2003 at Liberty, 2005’s double-overtime thriller at Charleston Southern, last season's losses at Furman and in overtime to Presbyterian, this year's home opener to Colgate and this year's game at VMI.
Friendly Confines Describes Brooks Stadium:In the brief history of the program, the Chanticleers are 25-8 (.758) in the friendly confines of Brooks Stadium. Coastal Carolina is playing six home games again this year and has won 23 of its last 28 games at Brooks Stadium/Benton Field. The Chants have also won eight of their last nine Big South games at home, dating back to the 2003 season.
The Streak Continues: In its brief history of 64 games, the Chanticleers have yet to be shutout on the scoreboard, the longest current streak in the Big South Conference. In fact, Coastal Carolina's lowest single game point total was in 2005 at Appalachian State, with just a lone field goal.
I Love the Nightlife: Out of 64 games in its history, Coastal Carolina has played 33 in the night time hours. The Chanticleers are 23-10 in evening tilts, including 15-6 at Brooks Stadium.
Last Time Out For the Chanticleers: Quarterback Zach MacDowall passed for three touchdowns to lead the Coastal Carolina University football team past North Carolina Central 35-10 Saturday, Oct. 18 at Brooks Stadium.
Coastal Carolina scored on four of its first six possessions of the game, all of them touchdowns. Among the scoring receptions was Jamar Anderson's 61-yard end zone trot, Kenny Jones' 8-yard reception and Brandon Whitley's 12-yard score to give the Chanticleers a 28-3 halftime lead they would never relinquish.
Coastal Carolina amassed 373 yards of total offense while holding NCCU to just 215. The Chanticleers rushed for 215 yards, marking the 29th win in 33 times that Coastal Carolina has gone over the 200-yard rushing mark in a game. NCCU managed only 39 yards on the ground on 26 carries.
MacDowall steered the Chanticleers’ victory, going 13-for-22 for 158 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Arthur Sitton had six carries for 100 rushing yards and a touchdown, the first career 100-yard rushing game. Linebacker Desmond Steward made an impressive first career start, posting a team-leading 11 tackles. Linebacker Chris Walls was steady on defense, as he picked off Johnson in the first quarter and recorded six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, as well.
NCCU was guided by the arm of Michael Johnson as the Eagle was 14-for-26 for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Wayne Blackwell had six receptions for 89 yards and one score. (Complete recap on Page 18.)
Ground Warfare Successful for the Chants: After not breaking the 200-yard barrier in rushing over the first three games, Coastal Carolina has surpassed that mark in two of last four games, earning victories in both instances. Against Towson, the Chanticleers posted a season-high 302 yards on just 38 attempts and followed it up with 243 yards on 43 carries in the rain at North Carolina A&T. However, Coastal Carolina failed to reach the 200-yard benchmark in the losses to Liberty and VMI, but got back on track with 215 rushing yards in the win against North Carolina Central, Oct. 18. In the program’s history, the Chants are now 29-4 when posting at least 200 rushing yards.
Going Long and Far: Coastal Carolina was not afraid to chew up the yardage en route to putting points on the scoreboard in 2007. Of the 43 scoring drives, 29 were 60 yards or more with 23 of them going seven plays or longer.
In 2008, of the 34 scoring drives, 21 of them have been 60 yards or more, while 20 of them were seven plays or longer. The most plays in a drive was 17 against Liberty, Oct. 4, with the longest drive also occurring against the Flames, a 91-yard march in the fourth quarter.
Game Lengths Shorter In Time Only: In comparison from the 2007 timing rules to this year, the biggest difference has been that Coastal Carolina's games have been shorter in duration, but not fewer in plays. In non-televised games in 2007, the average length was just under three hours at 2:57 with the two teams combining for 132.7 plays on average. This season, the length has dropped to 2:35 with just a reduction to 131.2 plays a contest. The major changes in timing first occurred during the 2006 season and the game times decreased to 2:44 a contest. The number of plays also shrunk from the 2005 season by more than 11 snaps a contest, on average, though some of the difference for the Chants can be attributed to playing six overtimes during the 2005 slate.
Sitton Posts A Career-Best Night To Help The Effort: Senior running back Arthur Sitton posted the best game of his Coastal Carolina career in the win over North Carolina Central, Oct. 18. In the victory, the four-year letterwinner had just six carries to post his first career 100-yard rushing game, going for exactly 100 yards and a touchdown. His 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, the second longest of his career, sealed the win for the Chanticleers. He currently leads the Chants with 376 rushing yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
Steward Makes His First Career Start A Memorable One: Redshirt freshman linebacker Desmond Steward had his first career start in the win over North Carolina Central, Oct. 18, and made the most of it. Steward recorded a game-high 11 tackles in the win and now has 25 on the year.
Getting a Foot (Or 50 Yards) On the Ball: Sophomore punter Ben Erdman had one of the best games in Coastal Carolina history for his position. Erdman averaged 43.0 yards per punt at Penn State, Aug. 30, the second-best single-game average in program history. In addition, he became the first Chanticleer to have two punts of 50 yards or more in a single game, hitting 54- and 50-yard punts in the first half. The 54-yarder tied for the fifth longest punt in school history while the 50-yard boot tied for 10th.
Currently, Erdman is averaging 38.7 yards per punt on the season, which leads the Big South Conference and is more than three yards a punt better than during his freshman campaign. Of his 31 punts, nine have finished inside the 20.
Usher Making All the Grabs: Redshirt senior Trent Usher has asserted himself as one of primary receivers for the Chanticleers this season. Usher has team highs of 23 catches for 313 yards and two touchdowns on the year. In the win at Monmouth, Sept. 13, Usher posted career bests of five receptions for 80 yards. This is solid for a player who has shown his “team first” attitude by playing three positions (also defensive back and quarterback) in his time at Coastal Carolina.
Fordham Hits the 1,000-Yard Milestone: After receiving a waiver from the NCAA that reinstated his eligibility, redshirt senior Jamie Fordham has made the most of it. In the game against Towson Sept. 20, Fordham became the fifth player at Coastal Carolina and 20th in Big South Conference history to eclipse the 1,000-yard career rushing mark, entering this week's action with 1,227 yards. He currently ranks 18th in Big South annals, just 24 yards behind Robert Adams of Charleston Southern
Fordham returned to the field for his first action of the year at Monmouth. In his first drive of the season, which started the third quarter, Fordham had six of the 10 touches on the drive, rushing four times for 28 yards, including the touchdown, and grabbing two catches for 10 yards. He finished the game with six carries for 39 yards and the score on the ground, along with his two receptions. He currently has 49 carries for 300 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
MacDowall Sets New Standards: Quarterback Zach MacDowall put his name in the Coastal Carolina record books with his performance against Liberty, Oct. 4. Against the Flames, MacDowall threw for school records of 44 times for 382 yards and tied the school mark with 24 completions. The previous records were all held by current Kansas City Chief quarterback Tyler Thigpen as he had 24 completions and 351 yards in the Division I Playoff game at Appalachian State in 2006 and 43 pass attempts in the season opener that year at Elon.
MacDowall currently ranks second in the Big South (37th in the nation) in passing efficiency with a 134.2 rating and is second in the league at 179.7 passing yards per game.
Willis Breaks Out On The Wide Side: Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Marquel Willis had a break out game against defending Big South champion Liberty, Oct. 4. In the game, Willis had career-highs of seven catches, 145 yards and two touchdowns against the Flames. The 145 yards ties for the fourth-best single game in school history, while his seven receptions ties for fifth on the single-game chart. It was also the 15th time that a Chanticleer has posted two touchdown receptions in a game.
Bennett Hits The Century Mark: Head Coach David Bennett isn’t one to keep an eye on his statistics, but he just reached a major coaching milestone. With the 42-35 win against VMI, Oct. 27, 2007, Bennett picked up his membership in the illustrious career 100-win club. For his 12-year career, he is now 106-38 (.736) as a head coach.
The Leader of the Pack: Coastal Carolina Head Coach David Bennett has continued where he left off at Catawba with his winning ways now at Coastal Carolina. Bennett had gone 34-5 his final three seasons at Catawba, making him now 77-26 (74.8 percent) in his last 103 games as a head coach.
This Week's Injury Report: On this week's injury report for the game against Stony Brook, Jamie Childers (shoulder), Seth Smalls (ankle) and Trent Usher (foot) and Marquel Willis (concussion) are probable. Chase Howe (hamstring strain), Ronnie Mason (shoulder), Eric O'Neal (ankle) and Vince Starr (ankle) are questionable while Tommy Fraser (right hamstring) and Marrio Norman (ankle) out for the game. Dominique Davenport (right elbow), Myron Rogers (left knee) and Dominique Whiteside (left foot) are out for the year.
Four in the Show: With just three graduating classes in two years, the Chanticleers have shown they have some quality talent, with four players on 53-man National Football League rosters for Opening Day. Quarterback Tyler Thigpen was the first-ever draft pick out of the Big South Conference by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, and got his first career start in week three for the Kansas City Chiefs. Defensive back Quinton Teal is starting his second year with the Carolina Panthers after playing in 15 games as a rookie. Wide receiver Jerome Simpson was a second-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2008 NFL Draft while fullback Mike Tolbert was a free agent signee of the San Diego Chargers this past offseason and started five of his first seven professional games so far.
Returning This Season: The Chanticleers return 53 letterwinners and 21 starters (eight offense, eight defense, five special teams) to the squad this year. Of the returners, one significant group could be the offensive line as the entire starting unit, along with two other significant players from last season, has returned for the 2008 campaign.
Coaching Staff Continuity: The Coastal Carolina football coaching staff is a rarity in the world of college football. In the seven years as a program, the coaching staff has not had a single full-time coach leave the program and has added two over the years in the process of building to a full staff, with the addition of Co-Offensive Coordinator Gary Smallen in 2006 and Linebackers Coach Grant Cain in 2007. Four of them (Head Coach David Bennett, Co-Offensive Coordinator Jamie Snider, Defensive Coordinator Curtis Walker and Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Kevin Brown) have been together for the last 11 years dating back to their time at Division II Catawba.
Davenport Among the League Leaders:Junior safety Dominique Davenport was named The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision National and Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Colgate, Sept. 7. Davenport currently ranks second in the league in tackles per game at 9.8 (39 total), including a school-record 20 tackles against Colgate and 10 tackles at Penn State. However, the junior suffered a season-ending elbow injury in the home win over Towson, Sept. 20.
Against Ranked Opponents: Coastal Carolina is 3-4 against FCS ranked opponents in its brief history, but 2-1 at Brooks Stadium. In 2005, the Chanticleers burst on the national scene when they upset No. 1 and defending national champion James Madison, 31-27. The Chants then followed it up with a dramatic 24-23 win at No. 24 South Carolina State the same season. In 2006, Coastal Carolina took on two more ranked squads, losing at No. 24 Georgia Southern, 38-21, before returning home to knock off No. 3 Furman, 29-27, with the difference a blocked point after attempt returned for two points. Then in the 2006 Playoffs, the Chants fell at No. 1 and eventual national champion Appalachian State, 45-28. In 2007, Coastal Carolina was handled 45-10 by No. 8 James Madison, while the most recent was a 43-38 loss to No. 20 Liberty Oct. 4.
Coastal Carolina Football On TV:Coastal Carolina's football team will have three appearances on television this year. The Chanticleers were on the Big Ten Network to start the season when they played nationally-renowned Penn State, Aug. 30. The other two televised contests are part of the Big South Conference package, as the home contest against defending champion Liberty that was played Oct. 4 and the upcoming road contest at Gardner-Webb Nov. 8 are slated for the tube. The game with the Bulldogs has been moved to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate television and will be tape delayed on SportSouth at 7 p.m. In its five-plus year history, Coastal Carolina is a solid 13-8 in television appearances all-time, including 8-3 at Brooks Stadium.
Pair of Players Picks Up Big South Honors In Week Four: Coastal Carolina quarterback Zach MacDowall and linebacker D.J. Rice were named the Big South football Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week and New Balance Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for games played in week four of the 2008 season, it was announced Sept. 22 by the Conference office.
MacDowall amassed 197 yards of total offense (40 rush, 157 pass) and was responsible for three of the Chanticleers’ four touchdowns in Coastal Carolina’s 31-3 win over Towson. He scored on a 9-yard touchdown run with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter to give the Chanticleers a 7-3 lead. He also threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter, including a 63-yarder to Brandon Whitley, to help put the game away. MacDowall directed the Coastal Carolina offense to a season-high 459 yards on just 56 plays – an average of 8.2 yards per play.
Rice totaled a career-high 11 tackles – his first career double-digit tackle game, and had one tackle for loss in the Chanticleers’ 31-3 win over Towson. He helped lead the Chanticleer defense in holding the Tigers to more than 130 yards below their season average on offense, including 120 yards fewer through the air for a quarterback with more than 9,000 career passing yards. The defense also held Towson to 44 rushing yards and to 11 fewer points than No. 2 Richmond the week before.
Week Three Jinx Ends This Year: Not only did Coastal Carolina snap its two-game losing skid to start the season with the victory at Monmouth, it ended the Week Three jinx it had in the first five years. In the previous five years, the Chanticleers had not won their third game of the season in any of them. The closest was during the inaugural season, when the Chants dropped a 14-9 decision at Jacksonville. Of the Week Three games in history, five of the six have been played on the road.
MacDowall Gets It Done: Redshirt sophomore Zach MacDowall earned his first Big South Conference Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week honors for his play at Monmouth. MacDowall was solid in his second career start, leading the Chanticleers to a win at Monmouth. MacDowall was 17-for-26 for 233 yards, one touchdown and one interception through the air and added seven rushes for 21 yards on the ground.
A Game With Firsts: The win at Monmouth had several firsts for the Chanticleers, beyond their first game in New Jersey. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brandon Whitley had his first collegiate touchdown reception, while running back Jamie Fordham and fullback Vince Starr posted their first rushing touchdowns of the year.
The Chanticleers Picked to Finish Second in Big South: Coastal Carolina was picked to finish second at the Big South Conference’s Annual Football Media Day in Charlotte, N.C., as voted on by the league’s coaches and media members. Liberty was picked to repeat as Big South champions, with Gardner-Webb, Stony Brook, Charleston Southern and VMI following Coastal Carolina in the poll.
Daytime Can Be the Right Time: Coastal Carolina is 19-11 in day games in its five-plus years of play. However, the numbers go down on the road, as the Chanticleers are just 10-9 in day games away from Conway.
A Good Road Squad: The Chants have proven to be a good road squad in their first five-plus seasons of play. Overall, Coastal Carolina has a 18-13 road mark, but posted its first road losing record last year, going just 1-4 away from Brooks Stadium with its only road win in the season finale at in-state rival Charleston Southern. This season, the Chanticleers are 2-2 on the road with wins at Monmouth and North Carolina A&T and losses at then FBS No. 22 Penn State and VMI.
Davenport Earns National, Conference Weekly Awards:Junior safety Dominique Davenport was named The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Colgate, Sept. 7, the publication announced. Davenport had been earlier named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Defensive Player of the Week. He is the first Chanticleer to earn a weekly league honor this season and the first Coastal Carolina player to earn a national award since defensive back Marrio Norman garnered the Sports Network Defensive Player of the Week award for his play in the regular season finale against Charleston Southern in 2006.
In earning his first-ever weekly league or national award, Davenport set a school record with 20 tackles Sunday against Colgate (breaking the old record by five), with 11 solo shots against the Raiders. He had two drive-ending stops in the game, as well as one tackle-for-loss. His 20 tackles ties for the fourth-most in a single game in Big South history and second-most ever by a defensive back. Davenport’s 11 solo tackles were also a school record for a single game.
O'Neal Hits the Century Mark: Sophomore running back Eric O’Neal posted his best game as a Chanticleer Sept. 6 vs. Colgate, as he rushed 17 times for a career-best 115 yards and one touchdown. It was his first career 100-yard rushing game. He also tied his career high in carries and posted the 21st 100-yard rushing game in Coastal Carolina history, with his 115 yards ranking 13th all-time.
Making the Grab a Historic One: Coastal Carolina's first points of the 2008 season were ones that senior wide receiver Trent Usher will remember. Usher took a short slant route over the middle and sprinted to the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown at Penn State, Aug. 30. The touchdown was the second of Usher's collegiate career and his first on the receiving end. He also became the first Coastal Carolina player in his career to score a touchdown as both a receiver and a quarterback, as he got in the end zone as a quarterback off the bench in a home win over Savannah State in 2006.
The Playoff System Opens Up: In 2010, the NCAA Football Division I Championships will expand from 16 to 20 teams, with the Big South Conference (Coastal Carolina's league) and the Northeast Conference slated to get automatic bids for their champions. For the next two years (2008 and 2009), a guaranteed at-large position shall be awarded in which a conference champion team representing a non-automatic qualifying conference meets all of the following conditions:
1). Team wins a minimum of eight (8) Division I games during the season;
2). Team wins a minimum of two (2) non-conference games against Division I teams representing a conference that has earned an automatic qualifying bid (AQ) in that year; and
3). Team finishes the season ranked 16th or higher in an average of the last regular season media, coaches and/or computer polls (which will be determined by the committee on an annual basis).
This criteria is not intended to be a permanent solution for interested and eligible conferences without an AQ. Rather, the criteria should only be used to bridge the time between such conferences applying for an AQ and the time needed to formally approve and fund necessary bracket expansion – not more than two years. The committee believes it important to continuing adhering to Cabinet policy limiting the number of AQ conferences to not more than 50% of the championship bracket.
Four Earn Preseason All-Big South Honors: Coastal Carolina University's football program had four players honored as Preseason All-Big South Conference selections, as announced at the league's annual Football Media Day at the Renaissance Suites in Charlotte, N.C., July 25. The group was voted on by the league's head coaches and selected media members. Selected to the Preseason All-Big South squad on the offensive side was senior offensive lineman Britt Leggett. Picked from the defense were senior defensive back Marrio Norman, senior linebacker D.J. Rice and junior defensive end Phillip Oboh. This is the first time that any of the four have been picked for the preseason accolade.
Weekly Big South Teleconference: Each Tuesday during the 2008 season, all seven Big South head coaches will participate in a teleconference call, beginning at 10:30am ET. Coastal Carolina Head Coach David Bennett is on from 11:20-11:30 a.m. each Tuesday. Each call will be recorded and available for playback beginning Tuesday afternoons on the Conference’s web site, www.Big SouthSports.com. THIS CALL IS OPEN TO MEDIA ONLY. If you would like information to tune in live and ask questions, please contact either John Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Simpson (email@example.com) for the dial-in phone number and code.
Among The National Leaders in Attendance: Coastal Carolina has been one of the standouts in I-AA in attendance based on capacity in its first five seasons. Ranking in the top seven in the nation in each of the first two years, the Chanticleers set a new Brooks Stadium record in the home opening win over No. 1 James Madison, packing 8,533 fans into a stadium that seats 6,408. Coastal finished the season as the top I-AA team in attendance based on capacity at 114.3 percent.
The Chants continued that tradition in 2006, including setting a new Brooks Stadium record with 9,287 fans in the home win over South Carolina State, Sept. 23. The Chanticleers then surpassed it with 10,013 fans in the home win over then No. 3 Furman. The Chanticleers had 8,169 fans in the first contest at Elon and ranked fourth in I-AA in attendance based on percentage of capacity at 112.52 percent. Last season, Coastal Carolina ranked 12th in the nation, again averaging over capacity at 102.65% in six games played. This year, the Chants currently are currently 18th at 95.92% in the first four games.
Stadium Expansion: Sept. 2, 2006 marked the first game with the new seating capacity of Coastal Carolina University's Brooks Stadium. The school added 914 seats to the facility to bring seating capacity up to 7,322 for the 2006 season. Now Coastal Carolina has completed ground work in preparation for full construction to start right after Christmas on the new Adkins Fieldhouse.
It Was The First (But Not the Last) Time: Coastal Carolina made its first appearance in the Division I Football Championship (formerly known as the I-AA playoffs) in its brief five-year history when it took on eventual two-time National Champion Appalachian State in the opening round in 2006. This was the first time that a Big South Conference school earned a berth in the postseason and only the second school from a non-automatic bid conference to earn a berth (Cal Poly - 2005) in the last 10 years.
Back-To-Back-To-Back: The Chanticleers were the first Big South school to capture three league titles in the brief history of the conference. Gardner-Webb won the first two championships, while Coastal Carolina won the 2004 crown, shared the 2005 title with Charleston Southern and won the 2006 title outright with a 4-0 mark.
The Class of 2006's Impact Still Being Felt: Coastal Carolina graduated more players than any Division I football program in the country in 2006, losing 36 seniors, including 31 letterwinners. Among the 36 seniors on the roster, 32 of them were in at least their third year with the program. This group, comprised of the first two football recruiting classes at Coastal Carolina, led the Chanticleers to a 34-11 mark in four years, along with at least a share of three consecutive Big South Conference titles and the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championships. Two of those players in that class, quarterback Tyler Thigpen and safety Quinton Teal, are on National Football League rosters for the second straight year.
Homecoming Record: Coastal Carolina is 3-2 in previous Homecoming contests, with losing last year's to Presbyterian, 41-34 in overtime.