CCU football reaches new heights with No. 3 ranking

ccufoot-10tdAfter a 48-3 win at Florida A&M to start the season 4-0, the Coastal Carolina football program moved up two spots to third in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls – the highest th Chanticleers have ever been ranked.

Coastal Carolina has started 4-0 for the second straight season – also the only two times it has happened in program history. The Chanticleers began last season 9-0 and climbed to #3 in FCS Coaches poll and the previous high of #5 in The Sports Network.

With last week’s victory at Florida A&M, Coastal Carolina, the Chants improved to 19-1 over its last 20 regular-season games versus FCS opponents, 22-3 over its last 25 overall games versus FCS opponents (including playoffs) and 22-4 over its last 26 total games (including a game versus FBS South Carolina).

Coastal won its 10th straight regular-season game versus a non-conference FCS opponent, and is one of 11 teams in the NCAA FCS that remains unbeaten. Coastal joins Eastern Kentucky as the only schools that are 3-0 on the road to start 2014. (Also of note, Coastal and Eastern Kentucky open 2014 by playing five of their first seven games on the road.)

Other Coastal Carolina opponents making an appearance in this week’s Sports Network poll include: #22 Liberty, #29 Furman, #35 Charleston Southern, #39 North Carolina A&T, #42 South Carolina State, #45 Presbyterian and #50 Gardner-Webb.

The Chanticleers will be at home this Saturday as they host Elon. Kickoff is set for 7 pm and the game will be televised on the American Sports Network. (ASN content airs primarily on Sinclair-owned or operated stations that are affiliated with The CW and MyNetworkTV. Please check your local listings for availability.) Coastal owns the Big South’s best active home winning streak at 10 games (final two home games of 2012, all seven home games in 2013 and one game this season). In program history, Coastal is 48-16 (.750) when playing in Brooks Stadium.

The last time Coastal Carolina played at home, a record crowd of 10,124 cheered the Chanticleers to a 30-3 victory versus South Carolina State. Tickets for this Saturday’s game versus Elon are still available, as well as a pro-rated, four-game home season ticket package.

In addition, this Saturday is Youth Day at Brooks Stadium. Seats for fans 18-and-under can be purchased at a discounted rate by visiting www.GoCCUSports.com/tickets and entering the code CCU4YOUTH with the first 500 youths to enter the stadium Saturday receiving a free Russell draw string bag. To purchase tickets or for more information, fans can visit the CCU Athletics Department website (www.GoCCUSportsw.com/tickets) or call 843-347-8499.

As many fans did for the first game, which made the home opener a success, Coastal Carolina is encouraging those that cannot attend the Elon contest to share your tickets. You can simply give family and friends your tickets, either physically or by using your online account to transfer them, or donate them back to the Athletics Department for later dispersal by emailing tickets@coastal.edu along with the game, section, row and seats you are donating back.

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