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Previewing Morgan State's football game at Hampton

MORGAN STATE (4-4, 3-1) @ HAMPTON (2-6, 1-3)

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

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Site: Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, Va.

Audio: 88.9 FM

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Series: Morgan State leads, 37-24-2

What's at stake: Saturday's 48-28 non-conference loss at No. 4 Villanova may have stung temporarily, but it did not impede the Bears' bid for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title. Morgan sits in a five-way tie for second place in the MEAC standings and trails North Carolina A&T (7-2, 4-1) by a half-game. Hampton had lost three consecutive games to conference opponents before beating Delaware State, 23-0, last week. The Pirates have won nine of the past 12 meetings in this series.

Key matchup: Hampton's record masks a passing offense that ranks second in the conference with 225.1 yards per game and is tied for second in passing touchdowns with 11. Even though they've used four quarterbacks — including freshman Jerrell Antoine, who threw for 143 yards and a touchdown in his first career start in the win at Delaware State — the Pirates pose a threat to a Morgan State defense that has allowed an average of 150.2 passing yards and just five passing touchdowns.

Player to watch: Morgan State running back Herb Walker Jr. sat out the loss to Villanova, but the redshirt sophomore is expected to be available against Hampton. Walker, who ranks ninth among Football Championship Subdivision running backs in rushing (982 yards) and has scored nine touchdowns, is poised to become the program's first 1,000-yard rusher since Devan James finished the 2008 season with 1,337 yards. Hampton has allowed 17 rushing touchdowns and an average of 167.8 rushing yards per game.

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