CCU Football ready for Big South Opener against Gardner-Webb
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:03:25 GMT —
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (5-0) will host the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (4-2) on Saturday, October 12 at Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Gardner-Webb won 26-24 over CCU the last time they visited Conway. But Coastal has won eight of the last nine meetings, and are 8-2 lifetime against the Runnin' Bulldogs. The Chanticleers won last year's game 55-33 in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
Coastal is coming off a bye week, after scoring 50 or more points in their last three games. The Chants are ranked as high as sixth in the latest FCS Polls.
Gardner-Webb lost a 53-51 shootout last week against Charlotte. Still, the Runnin' Bulldogs have an impressive resume. They have two wins over nationally ranked teams. Gardner-Webb beat Richmond 12-10, and followed with a 3-0 victory over Wofford in Spartanburg.
CCU ranks in the top 20 in 13 different offensive categories among FCS teams. Quarterback Alex Ross has helped Coastal average 43.2 points per game, which is 5th best in the nation. The Chants red zone offense has converted a staggering 96.6 percent of their chances inside the opponent's 20 yard line into points. Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is 4th in the nation in rushing touchdowns.
Gardner-Webb counters with quarterback Lucas Beatty, who has led his squad to back-to-back 50 point games. The Runnin' Bulldogs top weapon is 6'4" wide receiver Kenny Cook, who leads the Big South Conference in receptions with 34 through six games.
A major flaw in Gardner-Webb's two losses this season were turnovers. They rank 113th out of 122 teams in FCS in turnovers lost with 15. Nine fumbles lost this season ranks them 119th of 122 nationally.
Furman is a common opponent. Coastal beat the Paladins 35-28. Gardner-Webb beat them 28-21.
At his weekly news conference, Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia said he has plenty of respect for 26th ranked Gardner-Webb, "I think they are legitimately a nationally ranked type of contender."