MSU (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) vs. Hampton (3-5, 3-1 MEAC)
“Military Appreciation Day”
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET
Hughes Stadium (10,000)
The Bears (2-6, 2-2) will host the Hampton Pirates in a Mid-Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday (Nov. 2) in Baltimore (Md.). Head coach Donovan Rose leads the Pirates. Hampton (3-5, 3-1) extended to a 3-game winning streak after a commanding 30-7 victory against Delaware State last Saturday. The Bears had its two-game win streak snapped after dropping a 28-14 decision at Howard during the Bison Homecoming.Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears. Game time at Hughes Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
THE BEARS-PIRATES MATCHUP
• The Bears and Pirates will meet for the 63rd time … Morgan State leads the series 36-24-2.
• Last time against the Pirates (Nov. 17, 2012) … Jeremiah Schwartz and Hampton capped the 2012 season with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Morgan State. Schwartz, the MEAC’s leading rusher, had a workmanlike effort for the Pirates by gaining a game-high 113 yards on 29 carries, including a pair of touchdowns. Morgan State recorded a season-high eight sacks and racked up three interceptions, while holding the HU’s quarterback duo of Travis Champion and Brian Swain to a combined 4 of 18 passing for just 42 yards.
• The last time the Bears defeated Hampton was on Nov. 11, 2009 … With 1:54 remaining in the game, the Pirates got the ball on Morgan State’s 42-yard line for what would be the final drive of the game at Armstrong Stadium. On this final drive, the Pirates committed three penalties and lost a total of 51 yards, which ended in a 44-yard field goal attempt by freshman Jordan Stovall that came up short, giving the Bears a 16-13 win on Hampton’s Senior Day.
• Since 2002, the Morgan State vs. Hampton game has been decided by 7 or less points five out of the last 12 games … and has gone into overtime twice (2003 & ’07).
• Hampton has won the last three meetings against the Bears, and had a string of 6 consecutive wins against Morgan State (2003-2008) before the Bears pulled out a 16-13 win in 2009.
ABOUT THE PIRATES
• Donovan Rose (Hampton, 1979) Petty enters his fifth campaign as head football coach of the Hampton Pirates and his 23rd as a member of the program.
Since Rose’s return to Hampton in 1991, the Pirates have won 14 championships, graduated over 225 student-athletes and placed over 50 players in professional leagues. His most notable recruits have been Cordell Taylor, second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998, and Kendall Langford, third-round pick and starting defensive end for the Miami Dolphins in 2008.
• Hampton returns 61 lettermen, including 15 starters from last year’s team.
• In 2012, Hampton finished with a 3-7 overall record and 3-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• Freshman QB Bryan Bailey (6-2, 190) made his first start of the season on Oct. 12 against North Carolina A&T, completing 14 of 26 passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns. He’s currently completing 57 percent (43 of 75) of his passes and has thrown a total of five touchdowns and five interceptions.
• Through the first eight games, RB Jorrian Washington (5-9, 180) has been the Pirate’s leading ground gainer. The junior from Los Angeles, Calif. has recorded 51 carries for 331 yards (4.2 avg), including two TDs.
• MSU’s defense will have to also account for standout RB Antwon Chisholm. The Florida product may not have the statistics that made him the MEAC’s Rookie of the Year three year’s ago, but he’s still a very dangerous back. He leads the Pirates with 31 receptions out of the backfield for 284 yards and four TDs (5th in MEAC).
• MSU’s offense will have to account for the Pirate’s linebacker Delbert Tyler. The 5-11, 225 pound senior currently leads the league with 94 tackles (41 solo). He has recorded double-digit tackles in six of Hampton’s first eight games – including a season-high 17 stops on Sept. 21 at Coastal Carolina – he had 16 tackles and an interception during last Saturday’s win against Delaware State.
• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown III, Herb Walker Jr., Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• Morgan State ranks No. 2 in the MEAC in running the ball … The Bears are averaging 181.8 yards per game on 361 carries and have scored 10 TDs on the ground.
• Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and led the MEAC with five picks in 2012.
• Morgan State rank 5th in MEAC total offense by averaging 298 yards per game (4.8 per play).
• Morgan State ranks 4th in MEAC pass efficiency (112.2).
• Tight end Nathan Ingram recorded four receptions last week to bring his season total to 13. Ingram has 18 catches in his career at Morgan State.
TIME IS ON OUR SIDE … The Bears have notched four games with a time of possession of more than 40 minutes. The Bears held a season-high 41:01 – 28:48 advantage in the win at NCCU. The Bears currently rank among the league leaders ranked No. 4 in the MEAC in time of possession (31:14 avg/g).
FINISHING TOUCHES … Morgan State has been pretty good this season when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Through the first eight games, the Bears have scored 19-of-25 (76%) times inside its opponent’s 20 yardline. MSU ranks No. 6 in the MEAC in red zone scoring.
GETTING DEFENSIVE … The Morgan State defense has eight players with at least 25 tackles so far this season.
• Junior linebacker Cody Acker leads the way with 65 stops (T-12th in MEAC), including a season-high 14 tackles against Norfolk State (Sept. 28).
• The next highest is senior Darien Irby who has posted 41 tackles from his starting strong safety position.
NO SACKS FOR YOU … Since allowing 6.0 sacks against Robert Morris, the Morgan State offensive line has allowed just three sacks over the next six games and had a stretch of three games without allowing sack before giving up a sack. The Bears currently rank No. 3 in the MEAC by limiting opponents to 12 sacks in eight games.
COLLECTING INTERCEPTIONS … The Bears have recorded 10 interceptions through eight games. CB Joe Rankin and S Paul Eatman have a pair of picks, while SS Peterson Janvier, CB DeShaun Summers, and LBs Bill Hill and Cody Acker each have an interception to their credit. MSU currently ranks No. 22 in the FCS in interceptions (No. 4 in the MEAC) and ranks No. 4 in pass defense by limiting opponents to 146.4 yards per game.