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Coastal Carolina at Texas State
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2020
Where: Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, Texas

The season couldn't be going better for No. 16 Coastal Carolina after a monumental victory last week.

But the Chanticleers' next opponent is coming off a much-awaited outcome and is trying to create a final good memory for the 2020 season.

Coastal Carolina visits Texas State for Saturday afternoon's Sun Belt Conference game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas.

"For us to be 8-0, one step closer to clinching the Eastern Division," said Chanticleers coach Jamey Chadwell. "At the beginning of the season nobody would believe that. I'm proud of our young men and our fight."

Coastal Carolina (8-0, 6-0 Sun Belt) is the first team in conference history to hold an 8-0 record. In its latest game, a come-from-behind effort against Appalachian State gave Coastal a 34-23 win.

"When we needed to make some plays, we found a way to make them," Chadwell said.

By toppling Appalachian State, the Chanticleers beat the team that had ruled the league. But the success can't stop there if they're going to meet more of their goals.

"Hopefully, this is not the top moment of the year," Chadwell said. "Hopefully, we've got more. Hopefully, our guys continue to earn the respect that we have and an opportunity to build a great program here in the Sun Belt."

Texas State (2-9, 2-5) hasn't had nearly that success this season. By defeating Arkansas State 47-45 last week, the Bobcats notched their first victory since Sept. 19.

"The thing that I've always talked about is that our kids fight," Texas State coach Jake Spavital said. "They compete. They just compete. They keep showing up and they keep doing the right thing. They keep fighting."

The Bobcats followed their Sept. 19 victory with a near-upset at Boston College the following week. They also were blowout losers to then-No. 12 Brigham Young, the most recent ranked foe they faced.

Sophomore quarterback Brady McBride of Texas State was the Offensive Player of the Week in the Sun Belt after his first start in three weeks produced 443 passing yards and five touchdowns without an interception in the Arkansas State game.

"There's so much improvement with where he is at," Spavital said. "I think that's just the maturity of this system. He still has got a lot of things to go through. ... Now you can kind of say he got over the hump a little bit."

Texas State receiver/return specialist Jeremiah Haydel had 193 yards of total offense and a touchdown for the Bobcats in their latest victory.

Coastal Carolina had the conference's top defensive player last week in C.J. Brewer, who had 14 tackles.

This will be the final game of the season for Texas State.

"There's still a lot that we can clean up. There's a lot of good and bad you go through," Spavital said. "We've got one week left as a program for this year, and let's see if we can put it together. ... You're not getting the results that you want. We're all in this together as a family. You're counting on everybody."

Coastal Carolina has more ahead. The Chanticleers are pleased they've overcome any glitches that arose en route to their perfect record.

"You get adversity, you keep striking," Chadwell said. "(Our players) are tough-minded. You're playing for a common purpose. Things aren't always going to go your way, but they won't waver if they believe ... in each other."

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Coastal Carolina 8-0 W8 37.4 17.1 5-0 3-0 5-0 2-0 6-0
Texas State 2-9 W1 28.9 37.2 1-4 1-5 1-3 0-1 2-5
Last Meeting
Coastal Carolina Texas State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/30/19 TXST 21 CCU 24 380 223 157 329 36 293
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Coastal Carolina B. Carpenter 90.9 114 1 0
Texas State T. Vitt 69.7 285 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Coastal Carolina C. Marable 25 121 4.8 1
Texas State R. Brown Jr. 6 24 4.0 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Coastal Carolina I. Likely 6 107 17.8 1
Texas State M. Hays 5 117 23.4 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Coastal Carolina S. Bell 1
Texas State M. Hays 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Coastal Carolina G. McCall 67.9 1593 18 1
Texas State B. McBride 59.8 1723 16 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Coastal Carolina C. Marable 103 435 4.2 5
Texas State B. Sturges 107 521 4.9 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Coastal Carolina J. Heiligh 38 647 17.0 6
Texas State M. Barbee 38 540 14.2 10
Touchdowns Player TD
Coastal Carolina C. Marable 11
Texas State M. Barbee 10
Quickchart Matchup
Coastal Carolina Coastal Carolina Off vs  Texas State Texas State Def
Coastal Carolina 432.9 yards
Texas State 490.3 yards
Coastal Carolina 4.8 yards/rush
Texas State 4.9 yards/rush
Coastal Carolina 9.8 yards/attempt
Texas State 7.8 yards/attempt
Texas State Texas State Off vs  Coastal Carolina Coastal Carolina Def
Texas State 375.1 yards
Coastal Carolina 322.8 yards
Texas State 4.2 yards/rush
Coastal Carolina 4 yards/rush
Texas State 7 yards/attempt
Coastal Carolina 6.4 yards/attempt