Do the Chants have a chance against the Gamecocks?

Coaches say anything can happen when good teams meet

jkendall@thestate.comNovember 21, 2013 

Can Coastal Carolina beat South Carolina?

Sure, says Chanticleers coach Joe Moglia, but it’s going to take a long list of breaks.

The No. 12 Gamecocks “are going to have to make some mistakes,” Moglia said. “They are going to have to have some critical penalties. They are going to have to have a couple turnovers. They are going to have to make a couple mistakes in their coverage. If those things happen, it’ll be an interesting game in the fourth quarter.”

The No. 7 Chanticleers (10-1 in the Football Championship Subdivision’s Big South Conference) will have to use the opposite script, their coach said. Coastal Carolina is a 34.5-point underdog.

“From an offensive perspective, we can’t have any turnovers. We can’t have any stupid penalties. We can’t give up a big play on special teams, and we can’t give up big plays on defense,” he said. “We understand they are going to move the ball against us, but we can’t give up big plays. When they score, if they score, they need to work for that.”

In the past 10 years, Coastal Carolina has played four games against BCS conference schools. The Chanticleers lost those games by a combined score of 205-13. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier probably will point often this week to the Gamecocks’ 24-7 win against Wofford last season, a game that was tied entering the fourth quarter, to offset that statistic in the minds of his players.

“We’ll have our hands full (this week),” Spurrier said. “We’ll need to play well.”

The Chanticleers are led by running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who is averaging 133.3 yards per game.

“They run the ball very well,” Spurrier said. “This running back they’ve got is about 230 pounds, and he’s been running through everybody, so we’re going to have to toughen up and stop the run like we did the second half (against Florida) and try to get them off the field.”

Cornerback Victor Hampton insists the Gamecocks are taking the Chanticleers seriously.

“We try to take every week the same,” Hampton said. “Coach Spurrier always tells us the next game is the most important game of our life and that’s how we’re going to approach Coastal. It’s an instate team. We don’t want them to have bragging rights on us going back to Myrtle Beach.”

The Chanticleers shouldn’t expect a David vs. Goliath pep talk from Moglia.

“We don’t have any rules inside our program other than the ones of the university and the NCAA, but we have a standard that is not easy to live up to. Stand on your own two feet, accept responsibility for yourself and recognize that a man is going to live with the consequences of his actions,” he said. “Whatever the results that day are going to be, we can handle.”

COASTAL CAROLINA VS. THE BIG BOYS

In the past 10 years, Coastal Carolina has played four games against teams from BCS conferences. They lost those games by a combined score of 205-13. Below are the results.

2011: Georgia 59, Coastal Carolina 0

2010: West Virginia 31, Coastal Carolina 0

2009: Clemson 49, Coastal Carolina 3

2008: Penn State 66, Coastal Carolina 10

SOUTH CAROLINA VS. INSTATE FOES

In each of the past seven seasons, the Gamecocks have played one in-state school in addition to their annual rivalry with Clemson. While some of those games have been close, the Gamecocks are 7-0.

2012: South Carolina 24, Wofford 7

2011: South Carolina 41, The Citadel 20

2010: South Carolina 38, Furman 19

2009: South Carolina 38, S.C. State 14

2008: South Carolina 23, Wofford 13

2007: South Carolina 38, S.C. State 3

2006: South Carolina 27, Wofford 20

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