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DELAWARE STATE “HORNETS” (1-1/0-0 MEAC)   VS.                                                                                                                                 
HOWARD “BISON”  (0-3/0-0 MEAC)
SAT., SEP. 21, 2019 (2:00 p.m.)   
Live Video  - ESPN3                                                                                                                                                                             
Live Audio - (DSU broadcast)

Delaware State and Howard kick off the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule in the Hornets’ annual homecoming contest. DSU (1-1; 0-0 MEAC) is coming off a 58-12 thrashing of Lincoln (Pa.) last Saturday. The Hornets scored touchdowns on each of their first quarter possessions to build a 28-0 lead and were never threatened to post their fourth straight home win. Howard (0-3; 0-0) is trying to bounce back from a 41-20 loss to Hampton in a game played at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Bison won the total yardage battle 396-349, but were plagued by two turnovers and 12 penalties for 109 yards in the game.   

Freshman quarterback Tylik Bethea, making his first collegiate start, completed 16-of-28 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Kwannah Kollie (jr.) had nine catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns, each a career-high, to lead the Hornet offense in the Lincoln contest. Defensively, Delaware State held Lincoln to -24 yards rushing and 175 total offensive yards. The Lions did not record a first down until the opening drive of the third quarter. On special teams, Keenan Black (sr.), a former quarterback now playing on defense, returned three punts for 88 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown; and added a 61-yard kickoff return.  The reigning MEAC Rookie-of-the-Week, Bethea has completed 26-of-46 passes (56.5%) for 318 yards (long 36) and three touchdowns without an interception this season. Through three weeks of the 2019 MEAC season, Bethea ranks fourth in the league in passing average (159.0 ypg) and passing efficiency (136.1 rating); fifth in total offense (152.0 ypg) and tied for third in touchdown passes. Kollie is tops in the MEAC in receiving yards at 89.0 per game (178 total) and second in the league in receptions at 6.5 per contest (13 total). Defensively, free safety Jahad Neibauer (sr.), a Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, is tops on the team with 16 tackles, while linebacker Brooks Parker (so.) has 12. Defensive end Christian Johnson (gr.) is tied for third in the MEAC with two sacks, while fellow lineman Brandon Carswell (gr.) is tied for fifth in the league with 3.5 tackles for loss. 


Howard, led by 2019 Preseason MEAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year Caylin Newton, has been picked to finish fourth in this year’s conference race. After three weeks of the season, Newton is No. 1 in the MEAC in passing yards at 191.0 per game (573 total) and ninth in passing efficiency (108.0 eff. rating). He has thrown four touchdowns and three interceptions this year.  Wide receiver Kyle Anthony leads the MEAC in receptions at 7.7 per game (23 total) and  is fourth in receiving yards at 79.3 pg (238). Howard’s Dedrick Parson is third in the MEAC in rushing at 49.7 ypg.  Defensively, the Bison are allowing 527.3 yards per  game, due in large part to a 623-yard output by FBS opponent Maryland in the season opener. 


THE SERIES (Tied 37-37-1 )
The Hornets and Bison are meeting for the 62nd consecutive year and 76th time overall, making it Delaware State’s oldest rivalry.
Howard has won the last three meetings to tie the all-time series at 37-37. The Bison won last year’s battle 55-13 in Washington, D.C. Caylin Newton threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns, including three to Jequez Ezzard to lead the Bison. Ezzard had four catches for 191 yards to go along with the three scores. The last time the teams met at Delaware State, Howard posted a 52-23 win. Hornet wide receiver Trey Gross caught seven passes for a game-high 154 yards and two touchdowns in the 2017 DSU/Howard meeting. His receiving yardage total was the most by a DSU freshman since 1997.  

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