BATTLE OF THE BAND
The Citadel defeated Princeton 37-24 in Charleston last season, but the real action came off the field before the game when the irreverant Princeton scramble band got into it with cadets, who saw and heard a little too much irreverance when the band was making it way past the "Avenue of Remembrance," which honors the school's war dead. Shouting and pushing ensued, and while it was broken up, it led to the band being booed at halftime. The schools did their best to make amends but it should be interesting to see if all is forgiven when the Bulldogs visit New Jersey.
HOME SWEET HOME
Newberry, after splitting a pair of games on the road to start the season, gets to play first-year coach Todd Knight's home debut at Setzler Field today when it plays host to Cumberland, an NAIA school in Tennessee. Yes, it is the Cumberland famed for losing to Georgia Tech 222-0 in 1916. Newberry is not likely to drop 222 points on the Bulldogs, who are 1-1. But it might be a high-scoring game on both ends with Cumberland averaging 34 points per game and Newberry averaging 27 per game, albeit against much stiffer competition. Senior quarterback Brandon Gantt leads the way by completing 60-of-86 passes for 668 yards and four touchdowns.
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THE LIFE OF RILEY
Benedict's first four games are a study in contrast. The Tigers scored a total of 20 points in losing their first two games to Tuskegee and Morehouse, but they have bounced back to score 89 points in the past two victories against West Virginia State and Miles. Junior quarterback Pat Riley has led the Tigers with a pair of tremendous performances. In the two wins, he has rushed for 364 yards and four touchdowns while passing for 184 yards and another two scores. His standout athletic ability has been highlighted thanks to an offensive line that reached full strength in the third game. Expect Riley to continue to work his magic against Concordia (Ala.) College in the Miami Dade Football Classic.
Coastal Carolina rushed for 207 yards and passed for 203 in defeating Monmouth 24-17. It was the first time since 2006 that the Chanticleers surpassed 200 yards in both categories. Not to be outdone, the Chanticleer defense held Monmouth below 100 yards rushing and passing, the sixth time in school history CCU held its opponent under the century mark in both rushing and passing in the same game. CCU hopes to take the same offense and defense to Towson, which will mark the Chanticleers' first trip to the state of Maryland.
GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT
Charleston Southern, which has been outscored 104-17 in losses to Florida and Wofford, meets FBS school South Florida for the fifth time in the program's history. If the Bucs are looking for relief, it may be hard to find. The Bulls lead the series 4-0, having won in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003. CSU also is playing its second FBS opponent of the season, which it also did last year, when the Bucs opened with Miami (Fla.), followed by Wofford and Miami (Ohio). Comparative scores can be deceiving, but it is worth noting that Wofford defeated CSU 42-14 last week while losing to South Florida 40-7 in the opening week. If the Bucs manage to survive, they can look forward to games against North Greenville and Savannah State on the horizon.