DELAWARE STATE HORNETS” (2-7; 2-4 MEAC)
MORGAN STATE “BEARS” (2-7; 1–4 MEAC)
SAT., NOV. 10, 2018 (1:05 p.m.)
HUGHES STADIUM (10,000) - BALTIMORE, MD.
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Delaware State is on the road for the final time this season, visiting long-time rival Morgan State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest. The Hornets have won back-to-back games for the first time since 2013 after a 25-6 victory over Savannah State in their last outing. The DSU defense held SSU to 167 total yards in the contest, the lowest by a Hornet opponent since 2010. Delaware State is seeking its first three-game win streak since taking four in a row in 2012. Morgan State has dropped its last three games, including a 30-28 home loss to Bethune-Cookman last Saturday. The Bears attempted a potential go-ahead field goal from 37 yards out with 1:30 left to play, but the kick was blocked.
In addition to holding an opponent to its lowest yardage to in eight years, the Hornet defense also allowed season-lows in first downs (8), rushing yardage (112), pass yards (55) and yards per play (3.0) last week. DSU also held a 35:17-to-24:43 edge in time of possession. The “D” forced two turnovers for the second straight game and contributed to the scoring with a third quarter safety vs. Savannah State. For the season, the Hornets have climbed to sixth in the MEAC in total defense, allowing 381.1 yards per game. Linebacker Brian Cavicante (jr.) is tops in the MEAC in tackles per game (8.6) and total tackles (77). Safety Jahad Neibauer (jr.) is second on the team and 11th in the league in tackles at 6.2 per game (66 total). Neibauer shared MEAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors after recording a sack in the end zone for a safety, an interception and 30-yard return and five solo tackles vs. Savannah State last week. Offensively, Delaware State has jumped to second in the MEAC in rushing at 188.4 yards per game. Brycen Alleyne (sr.) is fifth in the conference in rushing at 60.9 yards per game (487 total). Mike Waters (jr.) is second on the Hornets with 338 yards rushing despite missing the last four games. Bryant Dallas (jr.) has run for 255 yards and Michael Chris-Ike (fr.) has tallied 239 in just three games. Jack McDaniels (so.) has started at quarterback the last three games. For the season, he has completed 63-of-128 passes (49.2%) for 628 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. Taronn Selby (sr.) is DSU’s leading receiver with 29 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown, while Trey Gross (so.) has 27 catches for 444 yards and three scores.
Morgan State has dropped four of its last five games since shocking then-FCS No. 4 North Carolina A&T 16-13 on Sep. 22. The Bears feature one of the MEAC’s tougher defenses. MSU is second in the league with 23 sacks this season. In addition, Morgan State is fourth in the conference in rushing defense (175.8 ypg) and passing defense (188.7 ypg). Linebacker Damare Whitaker (fr.) is second to DSU’s Brian Cavicante in the MEAC in tackles at 8.3 per game (75). Whitaker has a league-high 52 solo tackles this season. Fellow linebacker Ian McBorruough (fr.) is sixth in the MEAC at 7.2 tackles per game (65). Offensively, MSU is eighth in the MEAC in total yardage at 294.4 yards per game. Last week, quarterback D.J. Golatt, Jr. completed 19 of 39 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
THE SERIES (MSU LEADS 36-25)
This is the 62nd meeting between the Hornets and Bears. It is Delaware State‘s second oldest rivalry (74 games vs. Howard). DSU snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with a 33-30 victory last season at Alumni Stadium. The Hornets overcame a 21-point second-quarter deficit in the contest, and scored the winning points on a three-yard pass from Keenan Black to Trey Gross with 8.9 seconds left to play. The last time the teams played at Morgan State, the Bears posted a 20-17 win in 2016.