MORGAN STATE (0-3) @ WESTERN KENTUCKY (1-2)
When: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Site: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Ky.
TV: ESPN3.com (streaming)
Radio: 88.9 FM
Series: First meeting
What's at stake: Morgan State, which is looking to avoid its first 0-4 start since 2001, the year before coach Donald Hill-Eley was hired, has dropped its past nine games dating to last season. On both sides of the ball, the Bears have limped through the season's start. The offense is averaging just 12 points per game and has yet to score more than 14 points. Morgan is averaging just 13.3 first downs, which means shorter possessions for the offense and greater wear and tear on the defense. The defense is allowing 32.3 points per game, and all three Bears opponents have scored at least 28 points. Western Kentucky opened the year with a 35-26 win against Kentucky but has lost to Tennessee, 52-20, and South Alabama, 31-24, in successive weeks. The Hilltoppers have struck a balance on offense, recording 35 first downs via the pass and 30 from the run. Former Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is in his first year in charge of Western Kentucky.
Key matchup: Western Kentucky's offense is anchored by senior running back Anthony Andrews, who is averaging 6.9 yards per carry (332 yards on 48 carries) and has scored one touchdown. With 122 rushing yards in the loss to South Alabama last Saturday, Andrews — who posted a school-record 3,161 all-purpose yards last season — has broken the 100-yard mark in 12 of his past 14 games. The Bears run defense has allowed an average of 271.7 yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry.
Player to watch: Morgan State's carousel at the quarterback position will continue to be a source of scrutiny until a full-time starter emerges. Redshirt freshman Moses Skillon started in last Saturday's 38-10 loss to Liberty, but mixed a 3-for-11, 28-yard passing performance with a 90-yard rushing effort. That might have opened the door for a new quarterback competition with juniors Robert Council and Seth Higgins (Edgewood).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun