Howard (0-3) at Morgan State (0-2)

When: Saturday, 7


Site: Hughes Stadium

TV: SportsFever Television Network, ESPN3

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series: Morgan State leads 40-33, with 3 ties

Morgan State's Fred Farrier coaches his football players on and off the field

Records aside, Morgan State interim football coach Fred T. Farrier is intent on turning out men.

What's at stake: Last place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Fresh off a bye, Morgan State hopes to bounce back from two losses in which it was outscored 113-24. Last time out, the Bears fell 62-0 to a Marshall team that then surrendered 65 points in its next game. Interim coach Fred Farrier seeks his first win against longstanding rival Howard, a team Morgan has beaten in nine of their last 11 meetings. The Bison were thrashed, 52-13, by Maryland and have been outscored 138-34. Howard hasn't won a game since last Halloween. They'll play under the lights for the first time at Hughes Stadium since 2010.

Key matchup: Senior running back Orlando Johnson vs. a porous Howard defense that's allowing more than 300 yards rushing per game. Johnson is averaging five yards a carry and has scored the Bears' only two touchdowns on the ground.

Player to watch: Senior linebacker Greg Gibson, whose 12 tackles against Marshall were a career high and the lone bright spot in that blowout.

—Mike Klingaman

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Years from now, Maryland football fans hope to look back to Saturday’s season opener against Howard as the start of the program’s turnaround under DJ Durkin.

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