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Morgan State hopes to keep the pressure on Richmond in Saturday's game

Morgan State's Christopher Robinson.
Morgan State's Christopher Robinson. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun)

Paced by redshirt senior outside linebacker Christopher Robinson's single-season-record 15 sacks, Morgan State has generated a relentless pass rush this season.

The Bears (7-5), who will travel to No. 18 Richmond (8-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a first-round playoff game, are tied for 17th in the Football Championship Subdivision with 32 sacks overall.

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But the Spiders have allowed their redshirt senior quarterback tandem of Michael Strauss and Michael Rocco to be sacked just 12 times this fall, which is the 14th-lowest number in the country.

"Their O-line does a great job of protecting the quarterback and also in the run game," Morgan State coach Lee Hull said Tuesday during his weekly conference call organized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. "They're a big offensive line, they're physical.

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"So we're just going to have to do some things to try to free up Chris and [senior outside linebacker] Donyae [Olton] and [senior inside linebacker] Cody [Acker] and our guys who make plays for us. But that's not an easy task with their O-line."

The Bears usually can get enough pressure with Robinson (Dunbar) and their defensive front of redshirt sophomore Andrew Mitchell, redshirt senior defensive tackle Micale Allen and senior nose tackle Bradley Sanchez. But Olton's four sacks and Acker's three sacks suggest that they like to blitz, too.

Asked if the defensive game plan might call for a high number of blitzes, Hull said: "We've just got to come up and find out what we think is best. If it's more blitzing that we need to do, then we'll do that. That's what we're doing right now, game-planning and trying to find the best package to make our guys successful."

While Richmond has kept its quarterbacks from being sacked, the Spiders also have thrown 18 interceptions, which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation. Richmond coach Danny Rocco said the number of sacks and interceptions may be linked.

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"Our guys deliver the ball on timing," he said Monday. "Now the irony is the amount of interceptions. There have been a number of situations where we were pressured, but got the ball out and the pressure did affect the throw.

"But we do throw on timing, and I think that's a big part of us not having a big number of sacks this season for as much as we have thrown the football."

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