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No. 12 Bethune-Cookman University will meet No. 9 Coastal Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs on Saturday.
The contest will take place inside Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. in Conway, S.C.
B-CU (10-2, 7-1) earned an automatic bid after winning its second consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title, clinching at least a share of the league crown for the third time in the four years under head coach Brian Jenkins following last Saturday’s 29-10 decision over rival Florida A&M.
As for Coastal Carolina, they too earned an automatic bid after clinching the school’s sixth Big South Championship and earning its fourth NCAA playoff berth in the short 11-year history of the program.
“We understand there’s a lot of football left to play,” said Jenkins. “We got some accomplished this year, but we need to accomplish our ultimate goal now of working to win a national championship.”
Third berth in four years
For the Wildcats, this marks the third playoff berth in four years – and the fifth of its kind overall in school history. B-CU has yet to claim a win in playoff history on the Division I level of athletics, falling to opponents from Georgia Southern (2002), Florida Atlantic (2003), New Hampshire (2010) and Coastal Carolina (2012), respectively.
This is the first road playoff game for the Wildcats since traveling to Statesboro, Ga. in 2002. This will be the second consecutive season for the Wildcats and Chanticleers meeting in the postseason.
Last year, Coastal Carolina took a hard-fought 24-14 victory over B-CU at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach in the first round of the playoffs.
This story was compiled from a report at www.bcuathletics. For more information on the Bethune-Cookman University football team, visit the website.