No. 16 Coastal Carolina gets stiff road test at Buffalo

With a growing reputation as a winner capable of moving up in class, No. 16 Coastal Carolina takes its show on the road for the first time this season.The Chanticleers (2-0) face off with Buffalo (1-1) in a nonconference matchup Saturday afternoon at Buffalo, N.Y. The team is embracing the opportunity to extend its proving ground.Coastal Carolina is nationally ranked for the 14th consecutive polling week dating to last season. Last week’s 49-22 victory against visiting Kansas didn’t hurt matters.”We know we can get better,” Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said. “Especially on defense. I would have liked to see us be better.”This will be the first-ever meeting between Buffalo and Coastal Carolina, as the Chanticleers aim for their eighth consecutive victory in a regular-season nonconference game.Buffalo opened the season by winning at home against Wagner before last week’s 28-3 loss at Nebraska. The Bulls have only two losses in their last 18 home games.”We have to go back to the systematic approach that we carry with us every single week to fix what we have to fix,” first-year Buffalo head coach Maurice Linguist said. “Build on the positives from the (Nebraska) game and prepare ourselves for a very good Coastal team.”In defeating Kansas on Friday, Coastal Carolina made quick work of Jayhawks coach Lance Leipold, who was Buffalo’s previous coach. Now they face the program Leipold left behind with his move to the Big 12.In each of its first two games, opponents had more snaps from scrimmage than Coastal Carolina. That translated to more possession time for those foes.”We need to make sure we get back to milking some of the clock a little bit,” Chadwell said.Buffalo has shown it can stay on the field and manage drives, taking 83 snaps last week compared to Nebraska’s 61. Now it must finish those drives and prevent big plays from opponents. Coastal Carolina is keen on preventing Buffalo from making progress.”I know our defense will get us playing better,” Chadwell said.The performance of Chanticleers defensive end Josaiah Stewart was notable last week as the freshman posted a school-record 3.5 sacks in the Kansas game in just his second collegiate outing.

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