SAT., OCT. 12, 2013 (2:00 P.M.)

Delaware State takes on Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Norfolk State in the annual homecoming contest. The Hornets (1-4 overall; 1-1 MEAC) are coming off a 21-7 loss to defending MEAC champ and FCS No. 21 Bethune-Cookman in their 2013 home opener last week. DSU scored first on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Cory Murphy to Malik Golson in the first quarter. Golson leads the Hornets with four TD catches this season.

Bethune-Cookman tied the game with a second quarter touchdown. The score was 7-7 at the half.

The Wildcats took the lead with a third quarter touchdown and added an insurance score with less than five minutes to play.   

The Hornets were plagued by three turnovers in the contest (two interceptions; one lost fumble), while the Wildcats were turnover free.

Norfolk State (2-3 overall; 2-0 MEAC) brings a two-game win streak into today’s contest. The Spartans are tied with South Carolina State for first place in the MEAC entering this week’s action.  NSU is coming off a 26-24 win over Savannah State last week. The Spartans scored the go-ahead points on Cameron Marouf’s 33-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining and NSU deflected Savannah State’s potential game-winning 49-yard field goal with two seconds left to seal the win. The Spartans had a season-high 367 total yards in the contest.      

Delaware State |
Kermit Blount (Winston-Salem State, 80): Blount is in his third season as head coach of the Hornets. He has a 10-17 overall (7-11 MEAC) at DSU. Now in his 20th year as a collegiate head coach, he has a career record of 101-104-3 (.486). Prior to accepting the DSU post, he was 91-87-3 in 17 years as head coach at Winston-Salem State University. Blount led WSSU to two CIAA championships and three league title game appearances. He was named CIAA Coach-of-the-Year in 1999 & 2000.  Blount is 2-6-1 vs. Norfolk State, including 1-1 since coming to Delaware State. 

Norfolk State | Pete Adrian (West Virginia, ’70): Adrian is in his ninth season as head coach of the Spartans. In 2011, Adrian was named MEAC Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Spartans to a 9-3 overall record and their first MEAC championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. He has an overall record of 49-46 at Norfolk State and an 85-83-1 career mark in more than 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Adrian has won three of his last four games against Delaware State to stand at 3-5 vs. the Hornets.

The Series
The teams are meeting for the 19th consecutive year, and 21st time overall. Delaware State holds a 14-6 lead in the series. The Hornets won last year’s meeting 20-17 in Norfolk, Va., to snap a three-game losing streak to the Spartans. Delaware State forced four turnovers, including a season-high three interceptions, in the 2012 victory over the Spartans. The Hornets scored the game winning touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Nick Elko to Justin Brewton with 10:01 left to play. DSU sealed the win when free safety Davon Moore intercepted a pass from Spartan quarterback Jake Basmagian at the Hornet 11 yard line with 29 seconds left to play. It was Moore's second interception of the game. His first, with 11:53 left in the fourth quarter, led to the Hornets' game-winning score. The last time the teams played at Alumni Stadium, Norfolk State won 38-21 en route to their 2011 MEAC championship. Delaware State won six straight games between the teams from 2003 to ‘08. 

Delaware State has enjoyed a fair amount of success on its homecoming in recent years. Since 1969, the Hornets are 32-12 on homecoming Saturday. DSU had a 10-game homecoming win streak from 1982 to ’91; and a six-game streak from 1975 to ’80.



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