Undefeated Coastal cracks top 10 of both FCS polls

After scoring 50-plus points for the third straight game and starting 5-0 for the first time in school history, the Coastal Carolina football program cracked the nation’s top 10 in both the coaches and media polls for the first time since Nov. 14, 2005.

The Chanticleers are ranked a program-high sixth in the FCS Coaches Poll and ninth in The Sports Network poll, equaling the program’s previous best rank by the national media.

Coastal’s previous high in the coaches poll was eighth, which the team attained twice in the 2005 season (Oct. 31 and Nov. 14). Coastal was ranked as high as ninth in The Sports Network poll for three consecutive weeks in 2005 (Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14). Coastal was 7-1 on Oct. 31, 2005 when it first entered the nation’s top 10 – eighth by the coaches and ninth by the media. Coastal finished the 3005 season 9-2 and ranked 24th.

Coastal Carolina will be off this weekend (Oct. 5) and return to action Oct. 12 to host #25 Gardner-Webb at 6 p.m.

Coastal currently ranks in the top 10 of several FCS statistical categories, including:

* 2nd in FCS, 1st in Big South in 3rd down conversions (56.1 percent)

* 3rd in FCS, 1st in Big South in first downs (133)

* 4th in FCS, 1st in Big South in scoring offense (43.2 ppg)

* 5th in FCS, 1st in Big South in rushing offense (282.6 ypg)

* 6th in FCS, 1st in Big South in red zone offense (96.6 percent)

* 8th in FCS, 1st in Big South in total offense (507.6 ypg)

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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