Coastal Carolina’s 30-27 loss on a last-second field goal at Appalachian State last Wednesday night ended its 18-game regular-season winning streak, which was the longest in the nation. The Chanticleers went from No. 14/16 in the AP Top 25 and USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll to 24th in both, marking CCU’s inclusion in both polls for each’s 20th consecutive publication.
How will the CCU react to his loss?
Opponent: Troy Trojans
Troy (4-3, 2-1) won two close games after losing 29-16 at Louisiana-Monroe in its Sun Belt Conference opener and 23-14 at South Carolina. The Trojans beat Georgia Southern 27-24 at home and Texas State 31-28 on the road before enjoying a bye week last weekend, giving them more time to prepare for the Chants. “We were able to rest a lot and get some guys healthy. We’re in pretty good shape health-wise overall,” Troy coach Chip Lindsey said.
Trojans statistically have the most disruptive defense in the land. They rank first nationally in sacks per game (4.43) and tackles for loss per game (9), third nationally in interceptions with 12, and lead the Sun Belt and rank seventh nationally. in total defense with 287 yards allowed per game.
All-Sun Belt performer Carlton Martial leads the Trojan defense again this season with 64 total tackles, including 7 tackles for loss. Outside linebackers Javon Solomon and Richard Jibunor combined for 13 sacks and CCU allowed eight tackles for loss, including four sacks last week.
“They’re very aggressive, they’re physical, so our offensive line knows the challenge and our offensive line knows we didn’t play our best game last week and we’re playing a better defensive front this week,” said the CCU coach, Jamey. Chadwell said. “We’re going to have to play well and be more consistent to have a chance to move the ball and score points.”
Gunnar Watson (51 of 70 passes with 521 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions) took over as starting quarterback and took every shot of the sprawling shotgun offense over the past two weeks, and protected the ball. Now back-up QB Taylor Powell is 119-178-5, 1,171 yards and 7 TDs. A trio of running backs split the carries, and Tez Johnson leads the receivers with 45 receptions for 418 yards and 2 touchdowns. Troy’s offense is 99th in the nation with less than 355 yards per game.
“Taylor fought well in South Carolina and obviously we felt the turnovers were holding us back from having the opportunity to win this game,” Lindsey said. “Taylor couldn’t go the following week and Gunnar played and played well and played well the last two times. We both feel really good. It’s always good to have two guys who have already played Right now we’re leaving with Gunnar.
The last two games between the teams have been breathtaking.
Last December, Troy scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes to shock Coastal and take a three-point lead, only for Grayson McCall to lead the Chants 75 yards in 45 seconds without a timeout and throw the game-winning touchdown pass from 23 yards. to Jaivon Heiligh with 35 seconds remaining. The win preserved CCU’s undefeated regular season.
In 2019, CCU’s CJ Marable scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run with 30 seconds left and converted a two-run conversion run to give the Chants a 36-35 victory that ended a streak of seven straight conference losses. Oh, how things have changed in two years.
Carolina Coastal Team Notes
This week will be the first time since Nov. 30, 2019 that the Chants will play a game following a loss in the same season.
In addition to its 18-game regular-season winning streak, the Chants had also won 11 straight Sun Belt Conference games and seven straight road games.
“Some of these young guys on the team haven’t really been through anything like that,” CCU super senior linebacker Silas Kelly said. “A lot of guys on our team have only known winning at Coastal, and that’s something we’re really proud of, but at the same time, those guys don’t really understand how to bounce back from something like that, after that. We’ve missed a game. So all it takes is a few leaders… picking up the guys. It’s not the end of the world. It’s a game and we’ll get over it. We’ve got a ton of football left.
Coastal still has a winning streak. He’s aiming for his 12th straight win at home, one shy of the program record of 13 from 2012-14. This is Coastal’s fifth non-Saturday game of the season.
“Every time you get beat up, it’s like you’re dirty, you have a stench all over you and you want to take a shower. And the only way to shower is to get out there and play well in your next game,” Chadwell said. “. . . You have to move on to your next one. It’s a long season and this league is too difficult to allow a loss to lead to two, three or four, and that’s what we shared with them is not to let a loss derail this what you are trying to accomplish. I think we had good energy. I think they had a good concentration.
Although the offense is coming off its worst game with 346 total yards, McCall still leads the nation in passing efficiency (225.8), completion percentage (77.3) and yards per attempt (13.4) and is second in yards per completion (17.34).
McCall was named to The Athletic’s All-America Midseason Second Team, while CCU tight end Isaiah Likely (29 catches, 545 yards, 8 TDs) was named to the All-America Midseason Teams. -season from ESPN, Associated Press and The Athletic.
The Chants are third nationally with 45.7 points per game, first with 8.54 yards per game and seventh with 524.4 yards per game. The CCU defense is 13th in the nation with 17.1 points allowed per game and 24th in yards allowed per game at 322.7, but gave up a season-high 575 yards at App State last week.
“I think that motivates us to push harder,” super senior linebacker Teddy Gallagher said. “Like what happened with them. They lost a game last week, and every time you lose you watch a movie a little harder, you train a little harder, you lift a little harder , you run a little harder in preparation for the game, and that’s what we have to do.”
This may be Coastal’s first game played in bad weather this season, as thunderstorms and winds between 15 and 25 mph are forecast.
Spectators are encouraged to wear black for a “Black Out” promotion. The Chants announced attendances of more than 15,000 at each of the first four home games, including a school record 18,674 on October 2, and the student sections were full for all four games.
Last meeting: Chanticleers vs. Trojans
CCU won 42-38 on December 12, 2020 in Troy, Alabama. (CCU is 2-2 against Troy all-time, with two losses by a combined 49 points in its first two years in the conference in 2017-18).
Coastal vs. Troy betting line
Coastal Carolina is favored by 17 points. The over/under is set at 50 1/2 points.
Coastal Carolina 37, Troy 23: Troy’s defense can keep him in the game for a while, but the Trojans probably won’t be able to score with CCU’s prolific offense, although the weather may limit the score.
Coastal Carolina vs Troy Thursday: Watch, listen
- WHO: No. 24 Coastal Carolina (6-1, 2-1) vs. Troy (4-3, 2-1)
- When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
- Or: Brooks Stadium, Conway, South Carolina
- Occasion: A Blackout. Fans are encouraged to wear black
- TV: ESPN2 (and streaming via www.espn.com/watch)
- TV talent: Clay Matvick (game by game), Rocky Boiman (analyst) and Tiffany Blackmon (Sideline)
- Radio: WRNN 99.5 FM
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 137, XM 201, Online 981
- Tickets: Are available at the stadium box office on game day, at the Chanticleer Athletics box office in Arcadia Hall at 132 Chanticleer Drive West, by calling 843-347-8499 (TIXX) or by emailing [email protected]
- Time: Thunderstorms are expected during the game and temperatures are expected to be in the 60s with winds between 15 and 25 mph. The chance of rain is 90% according to weather.com.
- Live statistics: Via www.Coastal.statbroadcast.com and GameTracker
Sun Belt Conference Expands
The Sun Belt announced Tuesday afternoon that Southern Mississippi will join the conference beginning in the fall of 2023.
The conference currently has 12 members, 10 of whom play football. He is said to be in negotiations with other schools, including Old Dominion, Marshall and FCS football powerhouse James Madison, to potentially expand further.
What is a Chanticleer?
Coastal Carolina has one of the most unique nicknames and mascots in all of sports. The Chanticleer is featured in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and is a rooster that rules the barnyard with cunning and wit. He fights to the end using his brain to emerge victorious.
The Rooster is a play by the University of South Carolina Gamecock, as the CCU was part of the USC system until its independence in 1993. It is pronounced “SHON-ti-cleer” and the school does not dislikes pronunciation errors.
What’s up with CCU’s teal ‘Surf Turf’?
Don’t try to adjust your TV settings, it’s just that color.
After playing on natural grass at Brooks Stadium for the program’s first 12 years, Coastal Carolina installed a teal-colored artificial “Surf Turf” prior to the 2015 season, reflecting one of the school’s primary colors. and its proximity to the beach.
Where is Coastal Carolina?
CCU is in Conway, South Carolina, a neighboring town to the better known Myrtle Beach. The college is east of central Conway and is only about 12 miles from the beach along the Atlantic Ocean.
Conway is a more scenic town with a riverfront along the Waccamaw River compared to the vibrant and bustling tourist businesses of Myrtle Beach with nightlife, shopping, restaurants, beachwear stores, and golf courses miniatures.
This story was originally published October 28, 2021 6:58 a.m.