Going north to take on the herd

The 6-1 Coastal Carolina University Chanticleer football team will head to West Virginia to take on the 4-3 Marshall University Thundering Herd in their first ever matchup.  

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.  

This is the Chants’ first game following their off week. In their previous game, the team lost 49-21 to Old Dominion University for their first loss of the season. Marshall is coming off a 26-12 win against James Madison University and gained their first Sun Belt Conference win.  

The Chanticleers are still first in Sun Belt Group A with a 3-1 conference record. Additionally, the Thundering Herd are currently the sixth in Group A with a 1-2 conference record. This game is the beginning of a tough stretch for Coastal where they will soon face against Appalachian State, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Virginia and James Madison University to finish off the year.  

Marshall has a dominant rushing attack led by senior running back Khalan Laborn. Laborn has 1002 yards on 188 attempts with 12 touchdowns in his first Division I season since 2019. Marshall’s key to winning this year has been a suffocating defense, combined with a lethal rushing attack to keep the ball out of the opponent’s hands.  

The Chanticleer football team will need to focus on their passing game, which has a significant advantage over the Thundering Herd’s. On the season, standout quarterback Grayson McCall has a 1,000 passing yard advantage over Marshall quarterback Henry Colombi. McCall will be expected to rely on redshirt senior Sam Pinckney and breakout redshirt freshman Jared Brown to get over the top of the Marshall defense.