SAT., NOV. 9, 2019 (2:00 p.m.)   
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Delaware State takes on MEAC co-leader Bethune-Cookman in the first of three straight home games to end the 2019 season. The Hornets have dropped their last seven games to fall to 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the MEAC. DSU is coming off a 52-30 loss to nationally-ranked Florida A&M last Saturday. The Hornets cut an early 31-point deficit to 15 in the second half, but could get no closer. Among the bright spots for DSU in the contest was the running of redshirt freshman Thomas Bertrand-Hudon, who rushed for career-highs of 120 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Also, freshman wideout Bizzett Woodley had two touchdown catches in the game for the Hornets. Bethune-Cookman, tied with North Carolina A&T for first in the MEAC standings at 4-1 entering this weekend’s game, has idle since a 27-19 MEAC loss to South Carolina State on Oct. 26. The loss was the first in conference play for the Wildcats, and snapped an overall five-game win streak for the club.   

Delaware State is averaging 18.9 points and 287.2 total yards per game. The Hornets are sixth in the MEAC is rushing at 120.6 yards per game and eighth in passing at 166.6 yards per contest. Defensively, DSU is faring better, allowing 350.8 yards per game to rank fourth in the MEAC. Freshman quarterback Tylik Bethea has started the last seven games. Bethea enters the weekend ranked sixth  in the MEAC in passing average at 150.4 yards per game. For the season, the rookie signal-caller has completed 103-of-219 passes (47.0%) for 1203 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He was selected as the MEAC Rookie-of-the-Week after completing 16-of-28 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the Hornets’ 58-12 win over Lincoln (Pa.) on Sep. 8. Bryant Dallas (sr..) is the team rushing leader with 402 yards to rank ninth in the MEAC at 50.2 yards per game.  Dallas also has a team-high four rushing touchdowns. Kwannah Kollie (jr.) is one of the MEAC’s top pass catchers this season. Kollie is sixth in the league in receptions at 3.9 pg (35 total), ninth in receiving yards (51.2 ypg) and tied for fourth in touchdown catches (4). First-year receiver Bizzett Woodley had seven catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns, each a career-high, at North Carolina Central last week. For the season, Woodley has 18 receptions for 258 yards (14.3 ypc) and is tied with Kollie for the team lead with four TD catches. On defense, the Hornets are led by linebacker Brooks Parker (so.), who is tops on the team and tied for 187th in the MEAC in tackles at 5.8 per game (46 total). On the front line, Brandon Carswell (gr.)  has 28 tackles and ranks among the league leaders in tackles for loss (10) and sacks (4). Defensive back Jahad Niebauer (sr.), a Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, is 22nd in the league  in tackles at 5.5 per game (44 total). Hornet cornerback D’Andre Blue-Eli (so.) is tied for third in the MEAC with two interceptions. 

Bethune-Cookman features one of the MEAC’s better running games. The Wildcats are second in the league in rushing at 169.8 yards per game. Quarterback Akevious Williams is fourth in the MEAC in rushing at 57.4 yards per game (459 total). As a passer, he’s completed 100-of-184 throws (54.3%) for 1248 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.  BCU tailback Isaac Washington is third in the conference in rushing at  61.1 yards per game (489 total).  Jimmie Robinson is the Wildcats’ top receiver with 29 catches for 402 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, BCU ranks sixth in the MEAC in yards allowed at 412.2 per game. Senior linebacker Marquis Hendrix is third in the league at 8.9 tackles per game (71 total). Defensive end Marques Ford is third in the MEAC with 5.5 sacks,

THE SERIES (BCU leads 20-19)
This is the first meeting between the Hornets and Wildcats in three years, and 40th meeting all time. Bethune-Cookman has won the last six contests to open up a 20-19 series lead.  The Wildcats won 41-10 the last time the teams met in 2016 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Delaware State’s last win in the series was in 2008 by a 26-20 score at BCU. The last time the Hornets  defeated the Wildcats at Alumni Stadium was in 2007 (24-10).  

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