BALTIMORE, Md. – Morgan State (2-2, 1-0 MEAC) continues Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play with a matchup at Savannah State on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Theodore A. Wright Stadium. The game will mark the fourth consecutive road contest for the Bears.
The Tigers enter the 2012 season under the leadership of second-year head coach Steve Davenport. The Tigers (0-4, 0-2) are coming off a 56-9 loss at Howard. The Bears stunned N.C. A&T with a 21-18 win in a game that was televised live by ESPNU.
THE BEARS-TIGERS MATCHUP
• The Bears and Tigers will meet for the 7th time in history. Morgan State leads the series 6-0 since 2000.
• Savannah State fell 44-17 at Hughes Stadium during Morgan State’s Homecoming last season. Morgan State’s Seth Higgins completed 14-of-24 passes for 239 yards and tossed four touchdowns, while backup redshirt-freshman quarterback Robert Council took his first pass of the day and delivered a 52-yard touchdown strike to tight end Lamont Bryant.
• Last year’s game also marked the first time Donald Hill-Eley coached from the pressbox.
• Morgan State’s win at N.C. A&T snapped a 2-game losing streak and the Bears racked up 373 yards of total offense, including 251 passing yards.
• Travis Davidson currently leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rushing with 389 yards (97.2 avg/g). He also ranks No. 5 the MEAC in scoring (30 Pts/G).
• QBs Seth Higgins and Robert Council have combined for 1,262 passing yards (99-of-159) and four touchdowns.
• Cornerback Joe Rankin registered his 8th interception of his career, picking off N.C. A&T quarterback Lewis Kindle in the 2nd quarter…The pick gives him sole possession of first place in the MEAC in INTs with three in four games.
• The MSU defense has collected seven (7) interceptions (FCS T-12th) through the first four games of 2012.
• The Bears continue to be among the top scoring offenses in the league, entering Saturday’s contest as the MEAC’s No. 5 ranked scoring offense (22.8 avg/g).
• True freshman LB Elandon Roberts recorded a season-high 14 tackles and a tackle for a loss against N.C A&T…he was recently named MEAC Rookie of the Week.
• Redshirt freshman DL Damarco Bisbee posted five tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack at N.C. A&T.
• Punter Earvin Gonzalez registered his longest punt of his career, covering 65 yards.
• Tight end Kristian Johnson had four receptions for 91 yards last week against N.C. A&T, including a 34-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It marked the first touchdown of his career.
• Wide receiver Andrew King caught a career-long 32-yard pass from Robert Council in the final seconds to help the Bears pullout a 21-18 victory at N.C. A&T…King finished the night with three receptions for 55 yards.
A WIN WOULD …
… improve the Bears to 3-2 this season.
… make the Bears 3-2 for the first time during the Donald Hill-Eley era.
… be the Bears second road win of the season, and mark its first back-to-back road wins since beating North Carolina Central on Oct. 15, 2011 and Delaware State on October 24, 2011.
… improve Coach Hill’s record against Savannah State to 4-0 since 2003, and 2-0 at Theodore Wright Stadium.
SAVANNAH STATE THUMBNAILS
• The Tigers have employed the services of both Antonio Bostick and Victorian Hardison at the quarterback position. Bostick has completed 33-of-89 passes for 451 yards with two touchdowns, while Hardison has thrown for 137 yards on 12-of-26 passes with a touchdown. So far this season, Bostick holds a 4-to-2 margin with Hardison in games played.
• Through the first four games, Simon Heyward has been the Tigers go-to receiver on offense. The Savannah product has recorded 14 catches for 267 yards (19.1 avg), including 2 TDs.