By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun
6:01 PM EDT, October 18, 2013
Morgan State (1-5, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) @ North Carolina Central (3-3, 1-1)
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Site: O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, Durham, N.C.
Radio: 88.9 FM WEAA
Series: Morgan State leads 22-13-2
What's at stake: Morgan State snapped an 11-game losing skid and earned the program its first victory at home since Sept. 1, 2012, by defeating Florida A&M, 34-21, on Oct. 5. The Bears, which are coming off a bye week, are still 2 1/2 games behind South Carolina State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings and in a four-team logjam for eighth place. Morgan State has won seven of the past 10 meetings against North Carolina Central, including the last games in Durham, but the Eagles narrowly won last year, 24-20, when they scored a touchdown with 25.6 seconds left in regulation. North Carolina Central has lost two of its past three games, including a 44-3 rout by South Carolina State on Oct. 10. The Bears are seeking their first win on the road since Oct. 6, 2012, when they blistered Savannah State, 45-6.
Key matchup: North Carolina Central is last in the MEAC against the pass (271 yards per game), which could be an enticing prospect for junior quarterback Seth Higgins (Edgewood) and Morgan State's passing attack. But the Eagles are tied for second in the MEAC with nine interceptions, and freshman cornerback Michael Jones (Milford Mill) is tied for first in the Football Championship Subdivision with four interceptions.
Player to watch: The Eagles are first in the league in kick returns and second in punt returns, and much of the credit goes to Adrian Wilkins. The sophomore ranks third in the MEAC in kick return average (25.2 yards) and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in a 40-13 win against Charlotte on Sept. 14. He also returned a punt 89 yards for a score in a 37-28 victory over Howard on Oct. 5.
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