Chants and Runnin’ Bulldogs renew rivalry on Saturday night


CONWAY, South Carolina – The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (1-0) host an old foe at “Surf Turf” and Brooks Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 10, as CCU host the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-0) for a no-show conference at 6 p.m. ET.

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• Coastal Carolina celebrates the 20th season of the football program this year, having kicked off the inaugural season in 2003.

• In 1999 football was approved to be added to Coastal in 2003.

• Nearly 8,000 fans packed Brooks Stadium on September 6, 2003 for the Chanticleer NCAA I-AA football team’s inaugural game, as CCU used a 97-yard drive to score with seven seconds remaining to defeat Newberry 21-14.


• Coastal Carolina received two votes in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches pre-season poll (August 8).

• Coastal was ranked in the top 25 in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches poll and the Associated Press Top 25 poll for 11 consecutive weeks last season.


• Coastal kicked off the program’s 20th season in a VERY BIG way in the season opener against Army (September 3), as 21,165 fans packed Brooks Stadium to see the Songs win!

• The 21,165 fans in attendance shattered the previous mark of 18,674 set last year against ULM (2 Oct. 2021) during Family Weekend.


• With the victory over Army West Point (September 3) last week, CCU recorded the 150th victory in the program’s 19-year history.

• Interestingly enough, many of the program’s standout wins have all come at home at Brooks Stadium.

The Milestone program wins

1st victory Newberry (09/06/03) F, 21-14
50th victory Presbyterian (11/14/09) F, 41-37
100th victory Alabama A&M (3/10/15) F, 55-0
150th victory West Point Army (09/03/22) F, 38-28


• Gardner-Webb University enters the competition with an overall record of 1-0 this season with a 56-21 home win over Limestone (NCAA DII) in the season opener on 1 September.

• The Dawgs are 7-9 under third-year head coach Tre Lamb, 2-2 in the abbreviated COVID-19 2020 spring season and 4-7 overall in the year last.

• Gardner-Webb was chosen to finish third in the 2022 Big South Conference Football Poll and was one of five Big South teams to receive a vote for first place in the poll.

• GWU returned 61 winning letters from last season, including an impressive 24 starters. Six of GWU’s returning offensive linemen have starting experience and will pave the way for All-America candidate Narii Gaither – who was just shy of his first 1,000-yard rushing season in 2021 and led the Deep South in the rushing yards in each of the past two years.

• Gaither was named Big South Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year and was joined on the All-Big South Pre-Season Offensive Team by linemen Gabriel Thompson and Clayton Frady, receiver Justin Franklin and quarterback -back Bailey Fisher.

• Ty French paced the Dawgs’ contingent on the All-Big South preseason defensive squad and was also an All-America contender heading into the 2022 season. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior has led GWU in tackles for loss and sack each of the past two seasons.

• French was joined on the pre-season All-Big South defensive team by linebacker William McRainey and safety Jamari Brown.

• In a 56-21 win over Limestone (September 1), The Webb tied a school record with eight rushing touchdowns. GWU has rushed for 412 yards on 57 carries – its most rushing yards since moving to NCAA Division I in 2000.

• Redshirt freshman Janiero Crankfield carried the ball nine times for 89 yards and three touchdowns to be named Big South Freshman of the Week and FedEx Stats Perform National Freshman of the Week Honorable Mention.

• Defensively, GWU has seen the field for only 59 games. Limestone had 216 of 347 offensive yards after halftime, as Gardner-Webb went to a heavy dose of reserves in the final 30 minutes. The Saints had just 76 rushing yards on 23 carries for the game.


• Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb have met a total of 14 times on the grid with CCU holding a 12-2 advantage.

• The 14 meetings are tied for the second most meetings between the Chanticleers and a single team, as CCU have also played Charleston Southern 14 times. Coastal has played Liberty 15 times in program history.

• Going into Saturday’s game, the Chants have won five straight against the Runnin’ Bulldogs, with the last meeting coming in 2016 in Boiling Springs, NC.

04/10/03 in Coastal L, 17-38
10/30/04 at GWU F, 31-19
10/15/05 in Coastal F, 34-31 (OT)
11/11/06 at GWU F, 52-24
10/11/07 in Coastal F, 17-14
08/11/08 at GWU F, 23-18
07/11/09 in Coastal F, 26-21
10/30/10 at GWU F, 30-27 (OT)
10/22/11 in Coastal L, 24-26
03/11/12 at GWU F, 55-33
12/10/13 in Coastal F, 42-7
01/11/14 at GWU F, 38-14
07/11/15 in Coastal W, 46-0
10/15/16 at GWU F, 17-7


• Coastal and Gardner-Webb have several ties between the two programs before the second week meeting on September 10th.

• GWU All-Big South center Gabriel Thompson is the younger brother of former Coastal Carolina center Sam Thompson. Young Thompson is president of GWU’s SAAC and a student government senator.

• Former Chanticleer safety Dominique Davenport is in his third season as running backs coach at Gardner-Webb. Davenport played for CCU from 2006-2010 and was a first-team All-Big South selection in 2010. In Coastal’s 30-27 overtime win over GWU in 2010, he had a pick six against the Runnin’ Bulldogs to help light the road win.

• Coastal defensive backs coach Bryant Foster graduated from Gardner-Webb, where he was a starter for the Runnin’ Bulldogs for three years at cornerback, safety and outside linebacker. In 1998, Foster won the Bulldog Award, given to the most improved and dedicated player.

• Foster also spent four seasons as an assistant coach with his alma mater Gardner-Webb from 2007 to 2010.


• Coastal is 12-2 against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in program history.

• The 12 wins over the Runnin’ Bulldogs are the most the Chanticleers have won against a single opponent in program history.

Gardner Webb 12 12-2
Presbyterian 9 9-1
VMI 9 9-2
South Charleston 8 8-6
Furman seven 7-1
Freedom seven 7-8
monmouth 5 5-0
North Carolina A&T 5 5-0
state of south carolina 5 5-0


• Coastal Carolina posted an all-time 110-47 (.701) overall record against opponents in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) or NCAA Division I-AA.

• The Chanticleers were an FCS program from 2003-2016, going 106-46 against FCS opponents in that span. Since arriving in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2017, the Chants have gone 4-1 against opponents FCS.


• With CCU’s non-conference win over Army West Point (September 3) last week in the season opener, the Chants are on an 11-game non-conference regular-season winning streak.

• The Chanticleers’ last regular season non-conference loss came to Eastern Michigan (30-23) in the 2019 season opener on August 31, 2019.

Regular season non-conference winning streak

07/09/19 in Kansas F, 12-7
09/14/19 Norfolk State W, 46-7
09/21/19 at UMass F, 62-28
12/09/20 in Kansas F, 38-23
09/18/20 Campbell F, 43-21
05/12/20 #8 BYU F, 22-17
02/09/21 The Citadel F, 52-14
10/09/21 Kansas W, 49-22
09/18/21 to Buffalo F, 28-25
09/25/21 UMasse W, 53-3
03/09/22 Army West Point F, 38-28

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