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Morgan State football comes out of bye trying to slow Bethune-Cookman

Morgan State football coach Lee Hull leads his team in practice in preparation on Nov. 24, 2014.
Morgan State football coach Lee Hull leads his team in practice in preparation on Nov. 24, 2014. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

MORGAN STATE (3-4) @ BETHUNE-COOKMAN (7-2)

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

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Site: Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series: Bethune-Cookman leads 19-8

What's at stake: A bye gave the Bears a free weekend, but with a 3-2 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, they still find themselves trailing four programs in the standings. One of those teams is Saturday's opponent, the Wildcats. Since a surprising 24-14 loss to North Carolina A&T on Oct. 17, Bethune-Cookman (5-1 in the conference) has won two straight and is in the hunt for either a share of the league title or the outright championship for the fourth consecutive year. Although the Wildcats have won the last three games in this series, today's meeting will be the first between the programs since Nov. 3, 2012 when Bethune-Cookman scored a 24-13 victory at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore. Morgan State is looking to avoid its first three-game skid in the MEAC during coach Lee Hull's two-year tenure.

Key matchup: The Wildcats boast the MEAC's most prolific passing attack, averaging 248.8 yards through the air, registering a 164.3 in efficiency and throwing for 19 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Quentin Williams has completed 101 of 158 throws for 1,688 yards and 15 scores and has been intercepted just six times. On the flipside, the Bears rank second in the league against the pass, allowing just 154.1 yards per game and eight touchdowns. Opponents have posted conference worsts in total completions (75) and completion percentage (47.5) against Morgan State.

Player to watch: Senior quarterback Moses Skillon was replaced by redshirt senior Seth Higgins in the first quarter of an eventual 20-17 loss at North Carolina Central on Oct. 24, but Hull insisted that Skillon would remain the starter. But with Higgins setting team season highs in passing yards (226) and completion percentage (65.4 percent) in that setback, the onus is on Skillon (48.4 completion percentage, 877 yards, four touchdowns) to run the Bears offense effectively.

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