USC Gamecocks Football

Scouting the Gamecocks’ next opponent: Coastal Carolina

Lorenzo Taliaferro
Lorenzo Taliaferro

WHEN: 1 p.m., Saturday

RECORD: 10-1

RANKING: No. 9 in FCS poll

SERIES: First meeting

COACH: Joe Moglia. In his two seasons as coach at Coastal, he has an 18-6 record. That included a bid to the FCS playoffs last season, when his team was co-Big South champion and earned the program’s first postseason win on the way to a final No. 24 ranking. A former assistant coach at Lafayette and Dartmouth, he was a successful businessman at Merrill Lynch and TD Ameritrade before returning to the sidelines with the Chanticleers.

QUICK TAKE: SEC schools such as South Carolina generally schedule an FCS opponent as a sure win, but this high-powered Coastal team — which has one loss (Charleston Southern) — should provide a stiffer challenge. Since this is the first time the football programs have played, the Chanticleers almost certainly will ride some emotion into the game as well.

BIRD BITS: This season marks the second time CCU has reached double-digit victories. After defeating Presbyterian 46-13, the Chanticleers set the Big South record for points scored with 501. They average 45.5 points per game. CCU has surpassed 600 yards of offense in four games this season. The Chants have lost all six of their games against FBS teams: Penn State (2008), Kent State (2009), Clemson (2009), West Virginia (2010), Georgia (2011) and Toledo (2012).


RB LORENZO TALIAFERRO: The senior has rushed 220 times for 1,466 yards and a Big South record 23 touchdowns, while catching 15 passes for 98 yards and another score.

QB ALEX ROSS: The sophomore has completed 175-of-268 passes for 2,282 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also has 365 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

WR MATT HAZEL: The senior has caught 49 passes for 734 yards (15 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. He holds the school record with 162 career catches.

LB QUINN BACKUS: The junior leads the team with 108 tackles (seven for loss), three interceptions and six pass breakups.

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