Delaware State Hornets (0-5; 0-3 MEAC) vs.
Howard Bison (2-3; 1-1 MEAC)
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017 Alumni Stadium| Dover, Del.
TV- Delaware 28 (New Castle County, Del.)
Delaware State takes on long-time rival Howard in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest on homecoming Saturday at Alumni Stadium . The Hornets are coming off a 44-3 road loss to MEAC co-leader North Carolina A&T last week. DSU freshman quarterback Jack McDaniels completed 11 of his 15 pass attempts (73.3%) for 83 yards in the contest. Keenan Black (so.) also appeared at quarterback for the Hornets, connecting on 7-of-17 passes for 83 yards, while wide receiver Taronn Selby (jr.) had career-highs of seven catches for 84 yards in the game. NCA&T led 16-0 when Wisdom Nzidee (sr.) nailed a career-best 47-yard field goal early in the second quarter to get the Hornets on the board. Nzidee is perfect on five field goal attempts this season to lead all FCS kickers (1.000 pct). For the season, McDaniels has completed 61-of-115 passes (53.0%) for 674 yards and one touchdown. He ranks ninth in the MEAC in passing average (134.8 ypg) and pass efficiency (96.4 rating). Brycen Alleyne (jr.) is Delaware State’s leading rusher with 150 yards on 39 attempts (3.8 ypc). He’s also fourth in the MEAC in kickoff returns with a 22.3 yard average, highlighted by a long of 56 yards at North Carolina A&T last week. Defensively, cornerback Keyjuan Selby (jr.) is the team leader with 29 total tackles, including 20 solo stops. Selby also has an interception and team-high five pass break-ups. Inside linebacker Brian Cavicante (so.) is second on the Hornets with 28 tackles, including a team-high 3.5 backfield stops. DSU’s Fidel Romo-Martinez (so.) is tops in the MEAC and third among all FCS players with a 46.0 yard punting average. The Hornets have been crippled by injuries this season. Among the long-term injured are RB Mike Waters, LB Malik Harris and OL Cade Pedro, each a preseason All-MEAC Second Team selection.
The Bison have dropped three of four games since opening the season with a stunning 43-40 upset of major college UNLV. Howard is trying to bounce back from a 13-7 loss to MEAC co-leader and defending league champ North Carolina Central last week. The Bison outgained NCCU 400-336 in total yards, but were held to just 72 yards rushing, well below their 243 yard average entering the contest. Howard senior running back Anthony Philyaw, the 2017 MEAC Preseason Offensive Player-of-the-Year, is second in the league in rushing at 81.8 yards per game (409 total) entering this week. Caylin Newton (fr.), brother of Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton, has started each game at quarterback for the Bison this season. Newton, third in the MEAC in passing at 206.6 yards per game, has completed 60 of 120 throws (50.0%) for 1033 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He’s also third in the league in rushing right behind teammate Philyaw at 79.6 yards per game (398 total). Newton’s 286.2 yards in total offense per game rank second among all MEAC players and he’s tied for the conference lead with seven rushing touchdowns this season. Howard is last in the MEAC in total defense (461.0 ypg) and 10th in rushing defense (271.0 ypg), although the numbers are misleading due to games against two FBS opponents (UNLV, Kent State) and FCS nationally-ranked Richmond.
THE HEAD COACHES
Delaware State |Kenny Carter (The Citadel, 90) is in his third season as head coach of the Hornets. This is his first head coaching job. Before signing on at Delaware State, Carter was an assistant coach at Youngstown State University during the 2014 season. From 2010 to 2014, he was an assistant coach under Charlie Strong at the University of Louisville, helping lead the Cardinals to two Big East championships and four bowl appearances. During the 2008 and ’09 seasons, Carter was running backs coach under Urban Meyer at the University of Florida. He helped guide the Gators to the 2009 BCS National Championship. Florida also competed in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl and captured the 2008 Southeast Conference championship during his time on the coaching staff. Carter has also served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, Penn State, Pittsburgh and LSU. Carter is 1-1 vs. Howard.
Howard | Mike London (Richmond, ‘83) is in his first season as head coach of the Bison. He brought impressive credentials to the position. Prior to accepting the Howard job, London served as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland during the 2016 season. The previous six years, he was head coach at the University of Virginia. In 2011, he led the Cavaliers to an 8-5 overall record, a share of second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division and an appearance in the post-season Chik-fil-A Bowl. London was head coach at the University of Richmond in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, he led the Spiders to the first FCS National Championship in school history. The following season, Richmond posted an 11-2 overall record and reached the FCS Playoff quarterfinals. This is his first game against Delaware State.
The Hornets and Bison are meeting for the 60th consecutive year and 74th time overall, making it Delaware State's oldest rivalry. DSU holds a 39-33-1 lead in the all-time series. Howard won last year’s meeting 26-21 in Washington, D.C. Howard’s Anthony Philyaw rushed for 281 yards and two touchdowns to overshadow the performance of Delaware running back Mike Waters, who ran for a DSU freshman record 220 yards and two scores in the contest. The last time the teams met at Delaware State, the Hornets scored the last 13 points to win 32-31 in 2015.