Nov. 27, 2013
Football Press Conference (Nov. 27)
#11 Coastal Carolina vs #12 Bethune-Cookman
NCAA FCS Championship 1st Round
Saturday - Nov. 30 - 1:00 pm
Conway, S.C. -Brooks Stadium
Saturday's game will be available on ESPN3
Head Coach Joe Moglia
"The fact that we played them last year helps both sides, so that's not a competitive advantage. It helps us understand them a little better but the same is true for them. I think both teams are reasonably similar and I think we are both better teams than we were a year ago. Everyone is aware that they have one of the best defenses in the country. From an offensive perspective, they run a zone read and they run it well. On the special teams they've been successful, they've been athletic and they do a lot of different things that you've got to spend more time preparing for."
What worked in last year's game and is that same strategy applicable for the upcoming game?
"If you look at last year I think for three quarters we did a really good job taking away their run. They had some big plays against us in the fourth quarter because we were playing more conservatively from a defensive perspective. I think this year's team is better than last year's team. Our running game, with Lorenzo leading that, is more powerful and we're more explosive than we were a year ago."
There's only 24 teams left that are still practicing, how fun has this week been so far?
"This week has been an absolute ball. I don't think I've ever had more fun in my life than I have this week. There's 127 teams in the FCS, and 103 of them wish they had this opportunity. It's an honor to be able to make it to the playoffs and represent Coastal Carolina. We're excited about the playoffs and the opportunity."
Walter Payton Award Candidate and Big South Offensive Player of the Year Lorenzo Taliaferro
Bethune-Cookman's defense is ranked second in the country, what makes them so tough?
"They're aggressive. They like to take shots and play aggressive in every area. Their defensive backs are pretty good but if we can capitalize on their mistakes we should be good."
What was the strategy last year and how has that changed, if at all, for this year?
"As long as we stay disciplined and focus on what we need to do we should be good. They like to try to get in your head a lot so we need to keep our composure and we should be alright."
Buck Buchanan Award Candidate and two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year Quinn Backus
Bethune Cookman has five rushers with 300 yards, what have you noticed about their run game?
"They seem to have a good running game. Their running backs can break long runs and the quarterback can scramble and make plays. It can really hurt your defense in certain situations."
Can you draw on anything from last year's game against these guys?
They'll come here and be ready to go. We can't get in a dog fight with them. We'll have to take of business early."