Delaware State takes on the top team in the Football Championship Subdivision, North Dakota State, winner of the last two FCS championships. The Bison have been ranked No. 1 in the SportsNetwork poll of Top 25 FCS teams since the season began. The game will be nationally streamed and televised (ESPN3 & ESPN Game Plan). In addition, ESPN’s popular College GameDay program will be in Fargo, N.D., this Saturday (9:00 p.m. ET).
North Dakota State is Delaware State’s highest ranked opponent since the Hornets hosted No. 1 Southern Illinois in 2004.
DSU (0-2) is coming of a 49-7 loss to No. 4 Towson last week.
Towson scored the first 49 points of the game en route to its third victory in three games this season. The Tigers racked up 408 yards of total offense, 209 by the pass and 199 rushing.
For the second straight week, Delaware State tallied more passing yards than the opponent but failed to muster much of a running game.
Hornet quarterback Corey Murphy connected on 26-of-53 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown. Murphy has 536 yards passing in the first two games this season.
DSU netted just 15 yards on the ground. The Hornets had 42 positive rushing yards, but lost 17, including 16 on five Towson sacks.
Hornet receiver Milton Williams surpassed the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. Williams led all players with nine catches for 105 yards and the Hornets’ lone touchdown on a six-yard pass from Murphy with 4:27 left in the third quarter. He has 19 catches for 217 yards in the Hornets’ two games.
Delaware State was plagued by four turnovers, two interceptions and two lost fumbles.
Defensive back Joe Boyd led the Hornets with 10 tackles, including five solo stops. Free safety Davon Moore had nine tackles (eight unassisted), a forced fumble and a pass break-up.
North Dakota State (2-0) has been idle since a 56-10 win over Ferris State on Sep. 7. The Bison opened the season with a 24-21 last-minute win over FBS Kansas State, the defending Big 12 champ.
NDSU defeated Sam Houston State in each of the last two FCS championship games.
THE SERIES (First meeting)
This is the first meeting between the Hornets and Bison. Delaware State is 1-7 all-time vs. current members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. DSU’s last contest against a MVC opponent was a 49-0 loss to then FCS No. 1 Southern Illinois in 2004. New York Giants running back Bandon Jacobs was a member of the 2004 Southern Illinois squad.
DSU vs. Missouri Valley Football Conference teams (1-7)