Scouting report: Morgan State at Howard football

October 19, 2012|By Chris Trevino | The Baltimore Sun

Morgan State (3-3, 2-1 MEAC) at Howard (4-2, 3-1 MEAC)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Greene Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series: Morgan State leads 40-24-1

What’s at stake: Morgan dropped a homecoming heartbreaker last week, giving up a game winning touchdown with 25.6 seconds left. The 24-20 loss to North Carolina Central was the Bears’ first MEAC defeat. Saturday will mark Howard’s homecoming, and the Bears would love nothing more than to ruin it. But the Bison are also coming off a loss and will be out to get back on track in front of a excited crowd.

Key Matchup: Howard’s defense has been good all year, ranking fifth in total defense in the MEAC. But what sets the Bison apart is their ability to get to the quarterback. Howard has 17 sacks this season, good for third in the conference. Morgan has given up 16 sacks so far this season, so protecting the quarterback will be important if the Bears want to leave D.C. with a win.

Player to Watch: True freshman linebacker Elandon Roberts has been sensational for the Bears. He leads the team with 53 tackles, seventh in the conference, and he’s particularly stout against the run, making seven tackles for a loss. He had eight tackles and half a sack Saturday, and Morgan will need him to be all over the field to pull off the upset.

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