Howard at Savannah State

September 30, 2011

7 p.m. at Theodore A. Wright Stadium, Savannah, Ga. Records: Bison 1-3, 0-2 MEAC; Tigers 1-3, 1-0.

MEAC woes continue: Last week’s 14-9 loss to Morgan State extended Howard’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference losing streak to 29 games. History suggests the Bison could end the drought Saturday. They are 4-0 all-time against the Tigers and have scored an average of 47.3 points per game in those victories.

Getting defensive: After surrendering 50 or more points five times last season, Howard’s defense has shown signs of improvement under coordinator Ray Petty. Led by linebacker Keith Pough, the Bison lead the MEAC in third-down defense (25 percent), rank third in red-zone effectiveness and have six interceptions, just three fewer than the unit produced all last season. Pough has a team-best 22 solo tackles, including 51 / 2 for loss.

One to watch: Howard freshman quarterback Greg McGhee was named this week to the watch list for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award, which will be awarded annually to the most outstanding freshman in FCS. McGhee, a two-time rookie of the week in the MEAC, has passed for 697 yards (75 for 128) and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Pittsburgh native also has thrown four interceptions and been sacked 10 times.

— Tarik El-Bashir

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