Chants face stiff challenge in Round 2 of FCS Playoffs
Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:28:16 GMT —
All statistics point to a second round exit for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team in the FCS Playoffs. CCU faces the heavily favored and 3rd ranked Old Dominion Monarchs, out of the Colonial Athletic Association, on Saturday, December 1, at 2 p.m. in Norfolk, Virginia.
Coastal Carolina has a 2-4 lifetime record against teams from the CAA. The Chants are 1-3 this season against ranked opponents, after beating #22 Bethune-Cookman 24-14 last Saturday, in the opening round of the playoffs.
Coming off CCU's first playoff win in school history, head coach Joe Moglia said, "I know we were an underdog by 17 points last week, but I said we could upset these guys, we could upset Old Dominion. But Old Dominion should be favored over us."
CCU (8-4) enters the contest on a six game winning streak. ODU (10-1) earned the No. 4 seed and a bye into the second round. The Monarchs finished atop the CAA with a 7-1 mark in league play.
Monarchs QB Taylor Heinicke was the CAA offensive Player of the Year. He leads the nation in passing yards, total offense, and TD passes.
All-Big South QB Aramis Hillary leads the Chanticleers' offense, throwing for 2,313 yards and 18 touchdowns. Matt Hazel also earned first-team honors catching 52 passes for 644 yards and six touchdowns.
Jeremy Height is the Chants leading rusher, with 832 yards and 10 TD's, while Hillary rushed for 522.
Linebacker Quinn Backus was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year with 131 tackles while Johnny Hartsfield and Quinton Davis earned first-team honors as defensive linemen.
The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.