The Chanticleers had an opportunity to host next week’s conference championship game with a win at James Madison on Saturday, but without leader Grayson McCall the Chants were dominated in a 47-7 loss at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
If CCU beats James Madison, the East Division champion Chanticleers will almost assuredly host the Hercules Tires Sun Belt Conference Championship Game at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday.
The Panthers will advance to a second-round game at Goose Creek.
Coastal took a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter, and a 47-yard Grayson McCall pass to Jared Brown on third-and-11 at the CCU 24 inside the final three minutes allowed the Chants to hold on for a 35-28 win over Appalachian State.
As is becoming the norm when CCU and Appalachian State meet, first place in the conference’s East Division is on the line tonight at Brooks Stadium in a game that will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN.
After being dominated by Old Dominion to suffer their first loss of the season on Oct. 15, the Chanticleers raced out to a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter Saturday night against Marshall and held on for a 24-13 win in Huntington, West Virginia.
The Chiefs won 20-14 against Myrtle Beach.
The Chanticleers travel to Marshall for a night game that will be televised on NFL Network on Saturday.
The Chants (6-1) allowed 525 yards to the Monarchs, including 324 rushing, which is an ODU school record against an FBS opponent, to drop their first game of the season 49-21.