The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team will play the Eastern Kentucky Colonels out of the Ohio Valley Conference on Saturday, September 14 in a battle of Top 25 FCS teams.
Eastern Kentucky dominated the line of scrimmage one year ago against CCU, rushing for 217 yards in a 35-17 win at Brooks Stadium in Conway.
The Colonels are currently ranked 8th in the nation among FCS teams in rushing defense. Coastal Carolina left guard Jamey Cheatwood says, "This is the best defensive front I've played. They're the most physical. They're the most gap-sound defense I've played."
On offense, Eastern Kentucky is led by quarterback Jared McLain, who leads the team in both rushing and passing yards. McLain has an excellent quarterback efficiency rating of 153.12, and he has completed more than 70 percent of his passes over the first two games this season.
Eastern Kentucky has a proud football history. They have won two national championships and 21 Ohio Valley Conference titles.
Coastal Carolina (2-0) is coming off a 35-28 victory over Furman, thanks in part to a remarkable performance by All-American linebacker Quinn Backus, who had 15 tackles and a sack. Eastern Kentucky will try to rebound off a 44-7 loss to #7 Louisville.
Kickoff for the CCU at Eastern Kentucky game at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond, Kentucky is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.