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Short-handed Morgan State aims for season-opening upset at Air Force

Morgan State football coach Lee Hull, left, talks with quarterback Moses Skillon, right, during his team's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter against South Carolina Stateon Nov. 15, 2014.
Morgan State football coach Lee Hull, left, talks with quarterback Moses Skillon, right, during his team's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter against South Carolina Stateon Nov. 15, 2014. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

MORGAN STATE (0-0) @ Air Force (0-0)

When: Today, 3:30 p.m.

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Site: Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Audio: WEAA 88.9 FM

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Series: First meeting

WHAT'S AT STAKE

For the third straight year and the fourth time in five seasons, the Bears open on the road, and are seeking their first victory away from home against an opponent not from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference since Sept. 26, 2009, when that squad edged Towson, 12-9. The challenge is even greater considering that more than a dozen players were ruled academically ineligible earlier in the week for not being properly certified by the university. History does not appear to be on Morgan State's side as the program has never defeated a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, and the Falcons have not lost to a Football Championship Subdivision opponent in 19 games. Air Force is 15-3 against non-conference foes at Falcon Stadium and 8-0 in season openers at home under coach Troy Calhoun.

KEY MATCHUP

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The Falcons' passing attack will be led by wide receiver Jalen Robinette. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior caught 43 passes for 806 yards last season, the seventh-most receiving yards in school history, and four touchdowns. Morgan State can counter with redshirt junior cornerback Delonta Hall, who tied for second on the team last season in interceptions (two) and made 56 tackles. But the 5-8, 165-pound Hall has been hampered by a pulled right hamstring for much of camp, and senior DeShaun Summers (two interceptions, 40 tackles) might be the safer play.

PLAYER TO WATCH

With Morgan State will be forced to play without junior Herb Walker Jr., who rushed for a school-record 1,408 yards and 15 total touchdowns (13 rushing) but was ruled academically ineligible Friday, the burden to lead the offense will be on quarterback Moses Skillon. The 6-5, 230-pound senior led the Bears in almost every passing category in 2014, including completions (115), attempts (204), yards (1,392) and touchdowns (11), and will need to be just as accurate against Air Force.

— Edward Lee

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