Morgan State (4-7, 4-3) @ Delaware State (5-5, 5-2)
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Site: Alumni Stadium, Dover, Del.
Radio: 88.9 FM WEAA
Series: Morgan State leads, 31-24
What's at stake: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship is no longer a possibility for Morgan State, but the Bears can clinch their first winning record in the league since 2008 if they can beat Delaware State. To do that, the Bears are going to have to win on the road, where they are just 1-6 this season. And history in regular-season finales has not been kind, as has not won its last game of the year since 2009. Delaware State has an outside shot at a share of the conference title. The Hornets need a win, and Bethune-Cookman (9-2, 6-1) and South Carolina State (8-3, 6-1) must lose for that to occur. The Hornets have won four of their past five games and are 2-1 at home. The Bears have won three of the past five meetings in this series, but they fell 28-23 last year.
Key matchup: The Hornets are paced offensively by senior quarterback Cory Murphy, who leads the MEAC in passing (192.8 yards per game). He has thrown for 10 touchdowns but also has 12 interceptions. That could bode well for a Morgan State defense that ranks fifth in the league in interceptions (13). Junior strong safety Paul Eatman and sophomore cornerback DeShaun Summers lead the unit with three interceptions each. Morgan's pass defense is fourth in the league, surrendering just 159.9 yards per game.
Player to watch: Bears coach Donald Hill-Eley has said that the team is not in a position to sit starters in the final game of the season just to evaluate younger players. But if junior quarterbacks Robert Council and Seth Higgins (Edgewood) stumble, would Hill-Eley be inclined to change his mind and see what freshman Moses Skillon can do?Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun