DELAWARE STATE “HORNETS” (0-6; 0-3 MEAC)
vs. So. CAROLINA STATE “BULLDOGS” (1-5; 1-3 MEAC)
SAT. OCT. 20, 2018 – 1:35 p.m.
OLIVER C. DAWSON STADIUM (22,000)-ORANGEBURG, S.C.
LIVE VIDEO: ESPN3
LIVE AUDIO: HSRN.com (DSU broadcast)
Delaware State is on the road for the sixth time in seven games to take on South Carolina State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest. The Hornets (0-6; 0-3) are coming off a 55-13 loss to Howard last Saturday. DSU trailed 23-0 in the first quarter and never recovered. The Hornets rushed for a season-high 235 yards, but also surrendered a season-worst 529 yards in the contest.
South Carolina State (1-5; 1-3 MEAC) is also trying to bounce back from a loss. The Bulldogs fell to visiting Bethune-Cookman 28-26 in the most recent outing last Saturday. SCSU trailed by 19 points in the second quarter, but pulled to within two points after a touchdown with 2:32 left to play. The potential game-tying two-point run after the touchdown came up short.
The Hornets had their second-best offensive output of the season with 379 yards at Howard last week. DSU is seventh in the MEAC in total offense (279.0 ypg) and total defense (421.7 ypg). DSU is ninth in the league in scoring (11.8 ppg) and 10th in points allowed (50.7 ppg). Despite missing last week’s game at Howard, tailback Mike Waters (jr.) is third in the MEAC in rushing at 67.6 yards per game (338 total). Hornet quarterback Keenan Black (jr.) has completed 38-of-84 passes (45.2%) for 432 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Black is 10th in the MEAC in passing average at 72.0 yards per game. However, he was relieved by Jack McDaniels (so.) in the first quarter at Howard last week and did not return. McDaniels completed 14-of-25 passes for 144 yards in the relief appearance. For the season, McDaniels has connected on 29-of-59 passes (49.2%) for 245 yards. He has one interception and has yet to through a touchdown pass. Trey Gross (so.) is Delaware State’s top receiver with 19 catches for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Gross is seventh in the MEAC in receiving yards at 47.7 per game. Hornet linebacker Brian Cavicante (jr.), a preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, is tops in the league in tackles at 9.5 per game (57 total). DSU defensive back David Bowman (fr.), a Milford (Del.) High School product, is sixth in the conference in tackles at 6.8 per game (41 total) entering this week’s games. Hornet cornerback Keyjuan Selby (sr.) is third in the MEAC in passes defended with eight (1 int. + 7 pass breaks-up). Delaware State also holds the 1-2 spots in kickoff returns in the MEAC this season. Brycen Alleyne (sr.) is No. 1 in the conference with a 28.8 yard kickoff return average, highlighted by his second career touchdown on a 95-yard return at Norfolk State on Sep. 29. DSU’s Kwannah Kollie (so.) is second behind Alleyne in the MEAC with a 24.0 yard kickoff return average. Kollie returned a kick 93 yards for a touchdown, also at Norfolk State on Sep. 29. Alleyne is also second in the MEAC in all-purpose yards 129.0 per game.
THE BULLDOGS South Carolina is just ahead of the Hornets are No. 8 in the MEAC in scoring at 12.7 points per game. The Bulldogs rank fifth in the league in scoring defense, allowing an average of 28.2 points a game. SC State is ninth out of the 10 league teams in total offense at 261.8 yards per game, while standing eighth in total defense at 432.8 yards allowed. Bulldog quarterback Nick Tyrece has completed 45-of-99 passes (45.5%) for 654 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Tyrece is 10th in the MEAC with a 104.9 pass efficiency rating. He’s also the team leader and second in the MEAC with 433 yards rushing, and has rushed for four scores. De'Montrez Burroughs leads the team with eight receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Linebacker Chad Gilchrist (so.) is tops on the team and tied for seventh in the MEAC in tackles at 6.6 per game (34 total).
THE SERIES (SCSU LEADS 28-17)
This is the 46th meeting in the series that began when the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference was formed in 1971. South Carolina State has won six of the last eight contests to lead 28-17 in the series, but Delaware State was victorious in the last meeting. The Hornets snapped an overall 17-game losing streak with a 17-14 victory over the Bulldogs in the 2017 contest in Dover, Del. DSU’s Wisdom Nzidee kicked the go-ahead field goal with 10 minutes left to play and the Hornet defense highlighted a strong effort with two fourth quarter interceptions to seal the win. The last time the teams met at South Carolina State, the Bulldogs came out on top 30-3 in the 2016 season.