Less than 24 hours after earning a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the first time in 35 years, the Morgan State football team learned it will be facing Richmond in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Bears (7-5) will visit the Spiders (8-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner of that game will play at No. 7-seeded Coastal Carolina on Dec. 6.
Morgan State blew out Delaware State, 69-7, on Saturday to finish with a 6-2 record in the MEAC.
The Bears finished in a five-way tie for first place with Bethune-Cookman, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central and South Carolina State, marking the first time in conference history that five teams earned a share of the title. The Bears earned the conference's lone playoff berth via tiebreaker.
"I'm very happy for our team and our community. It's been a long time since they had a MEAC championship and the first time ever going to the playoffs," first-year Morgan State coach Lee Hull said Saturday. "I'm ecstatic, and I'm happy for the whole program and the university."
The MEAC's representative in the FCS playoffs hasn't won a game in the tournament since 1999.