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South Carolina State not taking Morgan State lightly

Here’s what the numbers tell us about South Carolina State at Morgan State.

Yardage (and points) may be hard to come by in Saturday afternoon’s matchup between Morgan State and South Carolina State. So far this year, neither team is averaging over 306 yards of total offense per game. For Morgan State, a win would mark a rebound from its recent loss to Delaware. On the other side, a win for South Carolina State would continue to build on the promise the team showed in their last game against North Carolina Central.

Morgan State (2-5 Overall, 0-2 in MEAC)

The Bears enter with a 2-5 record on the season. They are scoring an average of 21 points per contest, with a total of 20 touchdowns on the year. On the other side of the ball, the Bears’ defense allows 33 points per game on average.

Tailback Alfonzo Graham will be leading Morgan State in this one. Graham has rushed for 625 yards this season, scoring five touchdowns on the ground. SC State head coach Buddy Pough says both he and Jabriel Johnson are concerns for his defense.

“They run like scalding dogs, both of them,” Pough said on Monday. “They just doggone hauling’ — you know what — all over the place.”

Morgan State, Alfonzo Graham
Morgan State running back Alfonzo Graham looks to pick up a fumble against North Carolina Central.

Morgan State’s offense is constantly looking to get their star receiver involved. Andre Crawley has collected 25 percent of the team’s receiving yardage this season.

Morgan State has lost 4 straight matchups against South Carolina State since Oct 06, 2017.

South Carolina State (3-4 Overall, 1-0 in MEAC)

The Bulldogs will enter this match-up with a 3-4 campaign so far. They’re putting up an average of three touchdowns and 22 points per contest. On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs’ defense is giving up an average of 29 points per game.

Wideout Shaquan Davis will be leading the way for South Carolina State. Davis has accumulated 23 receptions for 508 yards and six touchdowns thus far this season. He was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after catching six passes for 116 yards and two scores against NCCU.

Shaquan Davis SC State
Shaquan Davis has had a monster season so far.

South Carolina State relies on a committee rushing offense. No single player claims more than 31 percent of rush attempts.

SCSU is 1-3 on the road so far this year, averaging 20 points per game in those games, however two of those were against FBS opponents. South Carolina State is 2-2 in Division I HBCU games, averaging 25 points per game in those games.

This content was produced using Artificial Intelligence technology before being approved and published by HBCU Gameday. Sam Quick is a moniker for our AI technology and is not an actual person.

South Carolina State not taking Morgan State lightly
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