Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. Blazers

The Coastal Carolina football team will open up its 2018 home slate Saturday night when the UAB Blazers come to town for a non-conference contest inside Brooks Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Coming off a season-opening loss to South Carolina, Coastal Carolina (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) welcomes UAB (1-0, 0-0 CUSA) while seeking its first win of the season. The Chanticleers opened the season with a 49-15 loss to the Gamecocks last weekend, who checked in at No. 24 in both the AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 this week.

The Chanticleers will host the Blazers for the first-time at Brooks Stadium after the two teams met in Birmingham last year. The Blazers won the first-ever matchup between the two schools, 30-23, on a late touchdown after Coastal scored 18 second-half points.

UAB opened the season last week with a 52-0 victory at home over Savannah State last Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

Coastal is 12-3 in home openers and has won each of its last seven home opening tilts at Brooks Stadium. The Chants have yet to lose a home opener since the arrival of head coach Joe Moglia in 2012. Coastal began its FBS era with a 38-28 home opening win over UMass to start last season.

Coastal Carolina is one of the youngest FBS teams this season, as the Chanticleers have a total of 92 underclassmen (freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores) on their roster. In fact, 76.0 percent of the Coastal roster is comprised of underclassmen, which ranks second in all of FBS football only to Illinois (76.5 percent).

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