Nov. 18, 2013
CONWAY - After securing a share of the 2013 Big South title and sixth league championship in 11 years of football, the Coastal Carolina football jumped two spots to seventh in the FCS Coaches Poll, while remaining 11th in The Sports Network after a 46-13 victory over Presbyterian this past Saturday.
The Chanticleers will conclude the regular season this Saturday (Nov. 23) at #11/12 South Carolina - CCU's first meeting with the Gamecocks in football and seventh versus an NCAA FBS program. Kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium is set for 1 pm and the game will be telecast on a pay-per-view basis.
Coastal has now been among the nation's top 10 in the FCS Coaches Poll for eight consecutive weeks and this marks the first time in program history Coastal has been ranked in every poll since the preseason. Coastal was also ranked in the final poll of 2012, giving the Chants a current streak of 14 weeks ranked among the nation's top 25. CCU's previous best streak was 10 weeks - the final nine weeks of 2005 and preseason poll of 2006.
The Chanticleers are 10-1, winning 10 games for just the second time in school history. Coastal was 10-1 in 2004 - the program's second year of existence and first league team to win 10 games in a season - and won the program's first Big South title. Since then, three other Big South teams have won 10 games in a season: Liberty was 10-2 in 2008, Stony Brook was 10-3 in 2012 and Charleston Southern is 10-2 this season.
Coastal has clinched a share of the 2013 Big South Championship, thanks to Charleston Southern's loss at Gardner-Webb last Saturday. Currently, Coastal, Liberty and Charleston Southern each have one league loss. The Chants' have completed league play with a4-1 record. Liberty (3-1) and Charleston Southern (3-1) play this weekend in Charleston. The result this week between Liberty at Charleston Southern will determine who will earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Playoffs. A Liberty win at Charleston Southern will give Coastal Carolina the league's automatic berth to the playoffs. A Charleston Southern win will give the Buccaneers the automatic berth and CCU will need to rely on an at-large berth. By clinching a share of the 2013 Big South Championship:
• Coastal wins its second Big South title in this head coach Joe Moglia's second season.
• Coastal has won a Big South title in three of the last four seasons.
• Coastal has won six Big South titles in 11 years of sponsoring football (2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013).
With one regular-season game left to play, the Coastal Carolina offense has already several school and Big South record.
With 289 first downs in 11 games this season, Coastal has broken the Big South record for first downs with the previous mark being 288 set by CCU in 13 games last season.
With 46 points and six touchdowns scored Saturday versus Presbyterian, Coastal has now:
• scored 510 points, setting a Big South record. The previous mark was 494 by Stony Brook in 2011.
• scored 68 touchdowns, setting a Big South record. The previous mark was 66 by Stony Brook in 2011.
• is averaging 45.5 points per game and is on pace to set a Big South record. Current mark is 42.6 ppg by Liberty in 2007
• scored 65 offensive touchdowns, setting a Big South record. The previous mark was 61 by Stony Brook in 2011
• scored 41 rushing touchdowns, setting a Big South record. The previous mark was 41 by Stony Brook in 2011
• scored 40-plus points in eight games, setting a big South record. The previous mark was seven by Stony Brook in 2011
Coastal is on pace to set Big South records for:
• 3rd Down Conversions. CCU is at 54.6% and the current league mark is 51.0% by Liberty in 2008
• 4th Down Conversions. CCU is at 87.5% and the current league mark is 73.3 by VMI in 2008
• Red Zone Offense. CCU is scoring 94.0% of the time and the current league mark is 92.2% by Liberty in 2009.
Head Coach Joe Moglia joins Layne Harris and Joe Cashion in recapping the Presbyterian game and preview CCU's game at South Carolina this weekend at the weekly Chanticleer Call-In, held each Monday from 6-7 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings in Carolina Forest. The public is welcome to interact with Coach Moglia and participate in the show at the restaurant. For those unable to attend, the show is broadcast live locally on The Team 100.3 FM as well as online as part of the Chanticleer Sports Network. Questions may be phoned in at 843-652-3776, submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeted @Chants365 by using the hashtag #ccucallin.