No. 13 Bethune-Cookman travels to Howard University this weekend for a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) contest with the Bison at Greene Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
No. 16/13 Bethune-Cookman travels to Howard this weekend, looking to extend its 14-game MEAC winning streak. The Wildcats have not played at Howard since 2009, which ended in a 21-10 victory for B-CU in Alvin Wyatt’s last season at the helm. B-CU earned a hard-fought 21-7 win in its last contest at Delaware State, while Howard suffered a 37-28 setback at home against North Carolina Central.
Bethune-Cookman leads the all-time series between the two schools by a count of 17-13-2. In fact, the Cats have won the last four meetings against the Bison. The first meeting occurred back in 1929 with the two teams playing to a 0-0 stalemate. This will be the 17th game played inside William H. Greene Stadium, as B-CU leads the series in the Nation’s Capital by a count of 9-5-2.
The game will be carried live by 1380 WELE Radio and the CatEye Network (online) with Joe LaBarbera (play-by-play) and Larry Wesley (analyst). Terrance Gatling will provide sideline coverage.
Head coach Brian Jenkins is in his fourth season as a collegiate head coach with all four years coming at Bethune-Cookman. He holds a 31-9 overall record. His overall record against Howard is 1-0, with the only previous game coming in his first season back in 2010.
Projected weather on game day: Washington, D.C. – 65/61 (60% chance of rain). Daytona Beach – 83/64.
Wildcats in the Polls
Bethune-Cookman enters the game ranked No. 16 in The Sports Network poll, and No. 13 in the FCS Coaches poll.
1. First meeting between B-CU and HU since Nov. 13, 2010.
2. Despite a quick scoring offense, Bethune-Cookman has led in time of possession three-of-five games this year.
3. Bethune-Cookman already has 15 sacks through five games, while amassing a total of 22 all last season.
4. The Wildcats have allowed just three points in the second half this year against FCS opponents. In the second half, the Cats are outscoring opponents, 74-30 – with 21 of those points against coming at Florida State.
5. The Wildcats defense has forced a turnover in 24 of the last 25 games. The only game without a turnover dating back to 2011 is at Tennessee State in the 2013 season-opener.
A WIN OVER HOWARD WOULD…
• Push Bethune-Cookman’s MEAC winning streak to 15 games.
• Give the Wildcats their fifth consecutive win over Howard.
• Improve Brian Jenkins’ MEAC record to 23-3.
• Improve Brian Jenkins’ Bethune-Cookman record to 32-9 overall.
• Raise the Wildcats’ MEAC road winning streak to eight games.
• Push Bethune-Cookman’s FCS winning streak to 10 games.
Through five games, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats have tallied 15 sacks by 10 different players. Bethune-Cookman ranks third in the MEAC and 17th nationally with 3.0 sacks per game. Last season, the Wildcats recorded 22 sacks by 11 different players in 12 games
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
• The Bethune-Cookman defense has allowed just three (3) second half points against FCS opponents this year.
• In second half play dating back to Hampton in 2011 (a stretch of 331 total minutes of second half action), the Cats are outscoring opponents at a 186-59 clip. That includes 21 points given up at ACC opponent Florida State this season.
• The Wildcats’ secondary appears to be a rectangle (or WRECKTANGLE) for opposing offenses as one of the best defensive backfields in the nation through the first five games. The four defensive backfield mates of Nick Addison, Tim Burke, Thomas Finnie and Dion Hanks is causing havoc for opposing defenses under the guise of defensive coordinator Charles “Yogi” Jones.
• Not only do the Wildcats have three quality quarterbacks, but they have FOUR running backs in this year’s backfield. The quartet of Drexler Dixon, Isidore Jackson, Anthony Jordan and Cary White may be inserted at any time during the game — each possibly getting the ball at any time.
• Against Delaware State, the Cats had all four running backs average 5.7 yards or more, as well as each amassing 40 or more yards.