Dec. 11, 2013
Football Press Conference (Dec. 11)
#11 Coastal Carolina at #1 seed and #1 North Dakota State
NCAA FCS Championship Quarterfinal Round
Saturday - Dec. 14 - 11 am / Noon (ET)
Fargo, N.D. - Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome
Televised in high definition on ESPN
Chanticleer fans seeking to watch the game at are encouraged to join watch parties at Cleat Chasers next to Coastal Carolina's campus or at Buffalo Wild Wings in Carolina Forest.
Head Coach Joe Moglia
"The win over Montana showed your team can handle adversity. How will that serve you against North Dakota?"
"Well it's not just that game. I think that we've faced adversity all along. As you all know our philosophy is about us giving it our best shot, our guys standing on their own two feet and excepting responsibility for ourselves. We recognize under no circumstances do we quit. That's the way we're going to play against North Dakota. They are without question the best team in the country. They deserve to have won two National Championships and they're clearly a favorite to win a third. We're going to go out there and give them the best game we can."
"What do you know about the Bison?"
"They have a tremendous tradition. They're on a fabulous run. There's only one other team in the history of the FCS that has won three championships in a row and these guys have an opportunity to match Appalachian State. When you look at their offense they are big, strong and fast. It is a well-coached team. They want to come after you. They will run the ball and they have the ability to throw. From a defensive perspective they're big, strong and physical. They'll hit you, they're tough and they get to the ball. On special teams they've good, effective and sound. It's a very, very good football team."
"Where are your advantages and disadvantages going into the matchup?"
"I think one advantage that we have is that we have a real, true understanding of who we are. We know what we do well and what we don't do well. I don't think they're used to playing against our type of offense. They usually see more power football. "
"Talk about the atmosphere of playing inside the Fargodome."
"We have played in loud stadiums before."
Senior LB Mike McClure
"How much confidence are you going to be playing with coming off of the win at Montana?"
"I feel like we still have the same amount of confidence. Anytime you play you have to have confidence. You have to have a certain attitude that you're going to win and come out on top. I feel like the win gave us a little boost but we're going to go out with the same attitude we've had all year."
"What have taken away from this North Dakota offense so far?"
"We understand that they like to run the ball a lot. They're going to try to pound it and have good clock management. It's something that we'll have to try to stop early in the game and maybe they'll come out passing."
Redshirt Freshman RB De'Angelo Henderson
"Have you guys had any time to just sit back and realize how special this ride has been for you?"
"I feel like we just have to get to work and not focus so much on the seed that we're playing but on the team and our game plan and schemes."
"That was a big win last week but what would this one mean?"
"It would mean a lot. Last year after we lost to Old Dominion we said if we had the opportunity to play these guys we could beat them. Now we have the opportunity and we just have to go out there and play."