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DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY “HORNETS” (0-5; 0-2 MEAC)                                                                             
HOWARD “BISON”  (1-3; 1–1 MEAC)
SAT., OCT. 13, 2018 (1:05 p.m.)   
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Delaware State is on the road for the fifth time in six games to take on Howard in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest. The Hornets (0-5; 0-1) are coming off a 34-6 loss in their home opener to defending MEAC champ North Carolina A&T last weekend. Howard is also trying to bounce back from a loss. The Bison gave up the winning touchdown with 24 seconds left in a 40-35 MEAC loss to North Carolina Central on the road last Saturday. This week’s contest marks the 2018 home opener for Howard. The Bison were scheduled to host Savannah State on Sep. 15, but the contest was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.     

The Hornets are seventh in the MEAC in total defense (400.2 ypg) and eighth in total offense (259.0 ypg). DSU is eighth in the league in scoring (11.6 ppg) and 10th in points allowed (49.8 ppg). Individually, tailback Mike Waters (jr.) is second in the MEAC in rushing  at 67.6 yards per game (338 total). Hornet quarterback Keenan Black (jr.) has completed 38-of-78 passes (48.7%) for 432 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Black is ninth in the MEAC in passing average at 86.4 yards per game. Trey Gross (so.) is Delaware State’s top receiver with 18 catches for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Gross is fourth in the MEAC in receiving yards at 52.8 per game and tied for eighth in receptions at 3.6 per contest entering this weekend’s games. Hornet linebacker Brian Cavicante (jr.), a preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, is tops in the league in tackles at 10.0 per game (50 total). DSU cornerback Keyjuan Selby (sr.), also a preseason All-MEAC First Team pick, is fourth in the conference in tackles at 7.4 per game (37 total) and tied for fifth in passes defended (1.25 per game). 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 31.9 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 25.3 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 126.0 per game.  

Howard has the MEAC’s most potent offense, averaging 509.8 yards per game this season, more than 114 yards per game better than No. 2 Bethune-Cookman. The Bison are second in the league in scoring at 30.5 points per game. Howard is also No. 1 in the MEAC in passing with a 342.8 yard-per-game average. Howard quarterback Caylin Newton (so.), brother of NFL star Cam Newton, is the league’s top passer, averaging 320.0 yards per contest. Newton has completed 81-of-148 passes (54.7%) for 1,280 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ranks third in the MEAC in rushing at 62.8 yards per game and is the conference leader in total offense (382.8 ypg). Howard’s Jequez Ezzard is the MEAC leader in receiving yards at 136.5 per game. He’s also tied for the league lead with five touchdown catches. Defensively, Howard is ninth out of 10 MEAC teams in yards allowed at 469.5 per game. Defensive back Bryan Cook (so.) is tops on the team and eighth in the MEAC in tackles at 6.5 per game.    

The Hornets and Bison are meeting for the 61st consecutive year and 75th time overall, making it Delaware State’s oldest rivalry. Howard has won the last two meetings, although Delaware State holds a 37-36-1 lead in the all-times series. The Bison won last year’s battle 52-23 at DSU’s Alumni Stadium.. Howard racked up 628 yards in the contest. Bison quarterback Caylin Newton completed 16 of 21 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for a team-high 81 yards in the game. Delaware State tallied a season-high 510 yards in the 2017 contest, including 401 yards passing, the third highest total in modern team history. Hornet wide receiver Trey Gross caught seven passes for a game-high 154 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s Howard contest. His receiving yardage total was the most by a DSU freshman since 1997. The last time the teams met at Howard, the Bison posted a 26-21 win in 2016. Hornet running back Mike Waters rushed for a Delaware State freshman record 220 yards in the game.     

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