UMass Exits Bye With Coastal Carolina Bound For Amherst

Coastal Carolina and UMass are both looking to get off the mat and break two-game losing streaks this week when the Chanticleers make the trip north to Amherst, Mass.

Who: Coastal Carolina (3-3) at Massachusetts (2-5)

When: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 PM ET

Where: McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, Mass.

Watch: Watch LIVE on FloFootball

It has been an up-and-down year for the Minutemen, who have followed resounding wins over Duquesne and Charlotte with multi-game losing streaks.

Two weeks ago, with undefeated South Florida in town, UMass hung tough until a 28-point third quarter for the Bulls—and Jordan Cronkite’s AAC record 302 rushing yards—did them in.

Coastal Carolina has played a deceivingly tough schedule thus far, with losses to South Carolina and Troy bookending three straight wins—including an impressive 47-24 victory over UAB that is still the Blazers only loss of the season.

A week ago’s setback against Louisiana-Monroe was respectable, but disappointing. It wasn’t so much that they lost to ULM, but how they lost, falling behind by 14 early, battling back to within four, only to be outscored 31-10 down the stretch.

Road Warriors

Not only has the competition been stiff thus far, Coastal Carolina has only enjoyed a home field advantage twice this season. The road trip to UMass will be Coastal’s fifth time this season as the away team.

What’s more, Hurricane Florence forced players and staff to evacuate the campus and their homes for a total of 17 days from Sept. 11-29. Over that span, the team stayed in hotels across North Carolina, Florida and Louisiana.

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