Finally, some actual games to talk about. The Big South scored a couple of impressive non-conference victories in week 1.
1. Liberty 0-1
The Flames once again came up a bit short against an FBS opponent, losing to Kent State 17-10. The Flames looked overmatched in the 1st quarter, but rebounded nicely in the 2nd half against a MAC team that won 11 games a season ago.
Next: vs Monmouth
2. Coastal Carolina 1-0
The Chanticleers scored the only points in the 4th quarter to beat South Carolina State 27-20. Quarterback Alex Ross was 21/33 for 162 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 pick in his first game after replacing Aramis Hillary.
Next: vs Furman
3. Charleston Southern 1-0
Charleston Southern scored an impressive victory on the road against cross town rival the Citadel of the Southern Conference. A very impressive win in head coach Jamey Chadwell’s debut.
Next: vs Shorter
4. Gardner Webb 1-0
New head coach Carroll McCray led the Runnin’ Bulldogs beat Furman of the Southern Conference 28-21. Another solid non-conference win in week 1 for the Big South.
Next: @ Marshall
5. VMI 0-1
The Keydets were embarrassed by former Liberty head coach Danny Rocco and his Richmond Spiders 34-0.
Next: vs Glenville State
6. Presbyterian 0-1
After jumping out to a 7-3 early lead over Wake Forest, Presbyterian was unable to score again as they fell 31-7 to the Demon Deacons.
Next: vs Brevard