ABOUT THE GAME
Currently the second most successful season under Head Coach Brian Jenkins, the 9-2 Wildcats have now
made it to the FCS Playoffs two of the last three seasons.
In Saturday’s game, they face another conference Champion in the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (7-4). This is the second consecutive appearance in which the Wildcats will host, and third overall. The Wildcats continue as the third MEAC school to host multiple times. The Wildcats will be tested with one of the most balanced offenses they’ve faced this year (200 Rushing YPG, 233 Passing YPG), which has a solid scoring output (433 YPG, 21st FCS).
The Wildcats look to do the program and
conference proud, seeking the first Playoffs win for a MEAC team since 1999. Coastal is making its third appearance
and is 0-2 in the Playoffs
DURING THE GAME
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ABOUT THE CHANTICLEERS
Beginning football in 2003, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have quickly established themselves as a force on the FCS level of completion. As champions of the Big South Conference, Coastal Carolina is under the direction of first-year head coach Joe Moglia. Along with B-CU head coach Brian Jenkins, Moglia has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award presented to the FCS coach of the Year by The Sports Network.
CCU finished the regular season with a record of 7-4 (5-1 Big South), defeating Charleston Southern in its last contest. They enter working on a five-game win streak dating back to a 34-7 decision over VMI on October 20.
The Chanticleers are paced by the second-best scoring offense in the Big South at 35.2 points per game, while allowing opponents to score at a 26.5 points per game clip. As an offense, the Chanticleers average 433.5 yards per contest – second-highest in the league behind Stony Brook.
Coastal Carolina utilizes a very balanced offensive attack behind the play-calling ability of quarterback Aramis Hillary with 186 passes completed on 289 attempts, striking for 2,133 yards (213.3 per game) and a league second-best 17 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 484 yards and another three scores on the ground. His receivers include DeMario Bennett (535 yds / six TDs) and Matt Hazel (615 yds / 5 TDs).
The running game starts with Jeremy Height who has rushed for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 68.5 yards per game on the campaign.
Quinn Backus anchors the CCU defense with a league-leading 123 tackles (56 solo / 67 assisted) as a sophomore from his linebacker position. Fellow linebacker Mike McClure owns 74 tackles and combines with Backus for the team lead in tackles-for-loss, each having collected eight stops behind the line on the year. Defensive back Dontavais Johnson is one of the best in the Big South, securing four interceptions on the year to go along with five breakups, a forced fumble, a blocked kick and 44 stops.
EIGHT THINGS TO LOOK FOR ON GAME DAY
1) B-CU’s last appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs was 2010; the Wildcats hosted, falling to New Hampshire, 45-20, while playing without starting quarterback, now quarterbacks coach, Matt Johnson
2) B-CU is now in its first 9-2 start since Jenkins took the helm, and its fifth in program history. A win takes B-CU to a 10-2 start just the second time, the first coming in the Jenkins first year, 2010. A win would also mark just the fourth season in the program with 10 or more wins, also in 1947, 2002, 2010.
3) A win for the Wildcats would also mark the first FCS/I-AA Playoffs win for the program, and the first HBCU win since Florida A&M and North Carolina A&T both won in 1999.
4) Jenkins 27 wins as B-CU head coach puts him in a tie with Charles Wesley Moore for fifth on the All-Time Coaching Victories list. The next mark for him to hit would be matching NFL Hall of Fame Tackle Larry Little at 41.
5) B-CU has rushed for over 200 yards for the last five games. The Wildcats rushing attack will be tested and the Chanticleers hold their own, but rank 84th in the FCS in rushing defense (181.64 YPG)
6) Eddie Poole’s impressive reception streak continues, now having caught a pass in all 34 games of his Bethune-Cookman career.