Who: Presbyterian vs. Coastal Carolina
When: Saturday, October 29 – 2 p.m.
Where: Bailey Memorial Stadium – Clinton, S.C.
Watch: Big South Network (Kenn Blankenship, Tyler Shugart)
Listen: Sunny 103.5 FM / Fox Sports 1400 AM / WPCC 1410 AM (Ryan Clary, John Orck)
Live Stats: GoBlueHose.com
Social Media: @BlueHoseFtball (Twitter/Instagram) / @BlueHoseSports
PC Hosts Coastal Carolina to Start Two-Game Homestand
• Presbyterian returns home to start a two-game homestand, hosting Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 2 p.m. for Homecoming.
• The two have met every season since 2007 with the Chanticleers holding an 8-1 advantage in the series. The former Big South member is an FCS Independent this season as they transition to the FBS level.
• Last season, PC gave then No. 1 CCU a scare in Conway before falling 24-17. PC drove down the field on its final drive of the game with a final play to try to tie it but the pass fell incomplete.
• Darrell Bridges rushed for a career-high 186 rushing yards in the contest, while Kaleb Griffin threw for 157 yards. The Blue Hose defense forced a pair of turnovers in the game.
Last Time Out
• Presbyterian suffered its second conference loss of the year, falling to Charleston Southern, 38-3, in North Charleston last Saturday.
• PC struggled to get going on offense, amassing just 102 yards of total offense, the lowest output for the Blue Hose since 2011 when PC was held to just 48 yards against FBS opponent Cal.
• John Walker made his first career start at quarterback, the third PC QB to make a start this season. He was 14-of-22 for 74 yards in the game, finding eight different receivers for a completion.
• Grant Beidel totaled 11 tackles and an interception in the loss. He has reached double-digit tackles in two of his last three games and is the only PC player to total at least 10 in a game this season.
Bridges Set to Reach 2,000-Yard Mark
• Darrell Bridges enters play this week with 1,984 rushing yards for his career, second-most in PC’s Division I era, coming in 26 career games for the Blue Hose.
• Bridges would become just the second player in the program’s Division I history to reach 2,000 career rushing yards. Lance Byrd currently sits atop of the Division I era career list with 2,631 rushing from 2009-12.
• The running back also sits tied for fourth on the career touchdown list with 11. He is just three touchdowns shy of second place. Demarcus Rouse holds the D1 era record with 22 touchdowns.
• For his career, Bridges is averaging 75.3 rushing yards per game for 26 games.
Beidel, Moss Leading Defense
• Linebackers Grant Beidel and Nick Moss sit atop the team lead in tackles with 46 and 42 tackles, respectively, on the year.
• Beidel tied his career high with 11 tackles at Charleston Southern after also totaling 11 at Gardner-Webb on Oct. 8. He is currently the only player on the team with double-digit tackles in a game this season.
• Beidel also recorded his team-leading second interception of the season at CSU
• Moss, a freshman, has totaled a career-high nine tackles on two occasions in his first season with the program. He totaled a team-high nine tackles with a tackle for loss in the win over Monmouth.
Receivers Finding Their Strides
• DaShawn Davis and Daryl Wilson have helped lead a young group of receivers that have allowed PC to nearly double its passing yards per game (158.1) from last season (82.0).
• Davis has caught 31 passes on the year, already the most by a PC receiver since 2014. He has totaled 314 receiving yards on the season, also the most since 2014.
• Wilson put together put together his best game of the year against Monmouth, making five catches for 86 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. He is second on the squad with 17 receptions for 205 receiving yards with one touchdown on the season.
• DarQuez Watson has also established himself as a reliable target for PC, hauling in 18 passes for 194 yards and two scores on the year.
• Freshman Cedric Frazier ranks fourth on the team in receiving, catching 11 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
• Senior Joseph Purter put together his best game of the season receiving at CSU, grabbing a pair of passes for 37 yards. The tight end had just three catches for 14 yards on the year entering the game, after missing the first three with an injury.
Norton Continues Excellent Punting
• Brett Norton has had arguably the best season of any Blue Hose player this season in his first campaign as PC’s punter. Norton is averaging 41.6 yards per punt this year, which would be a PC single-season record if the season ended today.
• The sophomore has averaged at least 40 yards per punt in six of the seven games this season with an average of 42 yards or better in five of the seven.
• Additionally, Norton has had 19 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 12 punts of 50+ yards, while 22 have resulted in a fair catch. The 12 punts of 50+ yards is already a single-season school record for the program’s Division I era.
• Norton made 12 punts for a Division I era school record 526 yards at Chattanooga on September 10, averaging 43.8 yards per punt. His longest of the game, a 64-yarder, is tied for the second longest punt in the program’s D1 era.
• Norton, punting in just his second game in college at the time, also had a school-record six punts downed inside in the 20-yard line and booted four of at least 50 yards against the Mocs.
Norton Makes at Home
• Brett Norton made his fifth field goal of the season at CSU, finding the uprights from 33 yards. The second-year starter is now 5-of-7 on the season and a flawless 4-for-4 on the road.
• The sophomore recorded the first make of his career at home against Monmouth on Oct. 13, connecting from 27 yards to end a streak of six straight misses at Bailey Memorial Stadium.
• In the first game of the season, Norton established a career-long with a 36-yard make at Central Michigan.
• Norton is a perfect 10-for-10 on the road in his career but is only 1-of-7 at home in two seasons.
Burgess Makes Plays at CSU
• Ryan Burgess totaled six tackles, including a tackle for loss, along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery. The forced fumble and recovery led to PC’s only points in the game, a 33-yard field goal by Brett Norton.
• It was the second straight start for Burgess at strong safety. He now has 14 total tackles on the season.