CCU prepares for 1st round of FCS Playoffs

Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is 2nd in the nation in FCS rushing touchdowns with 23.

The 11th ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team will play the #12 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in the first round of the FCS Playoffs on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Coastal beat Bethune-Cookman 24-14 in the opening round of the playoffs last season. The Chanticleers are 16-1 lifetime against teams from the MEAC, and they have yet to lose at home this season. A CCU win on Saturday would tie the school record of seven home wins in a season, last accomplished in 2004.

Coastal Carolina is 1-3 in playoff games. Bethune-Cookman is 0-5 all-time.

The Wildcats enter the contest ranked second in the nation in FCS total defense. On offense, running back Isidore Jackson is the all-time rushing leader at Bethune-Cookman with 3,143 yards.

Coastal's offense has scored 26 or more points in every game this season with the exception of last week. CCU running back Lorenzo Taliaferro won the Big South Conference rushing title with 1,487 yards.

Both Coastal Carolina and Bethune-Cookman have 10-2 records.

The Chanticleers are coming off a 70-10 loss at South Carolina. CCU head coach Joe Moglia said he does not think last week's loss will affect the Chanticleers heading into the playoffs, "We just got whipped badly. We just got embarrassed. We understand that. We don't make believe that didn't happen, but it is over with. It is over with. It is a football game, we lost it. That's it. Look at the opportunity we have ahead of us. "