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Bethune-Cookman (0-0) at Tennessee State (0-0)
2013 John Merritt Classic

L.P. Field - Nashville, Tenn. (68,798, Natural Tifsport Bermuda Grass) | September 1 | 8 p.m. EST
Televised on ESPN3: Watch Online | Radio: CatEye Network on WELE 1380: Listen Online (Free)
Live Stats: Tennessee State | Game Sponsors: Ritchey Cadillac Buick GMC, Vince Carter's Restaurant

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

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ABOUT THE GAME
The Wildcats look to avenge a tough 21-14 loss to Tennesee State at home in a major Classic, at an NFL stadium, before a national viewing audience. The Wildcats are facing a tough Tigers squad, but are primed and ready to go and show out for the 2013 campaign.

DURING THE GAME
Keep updated with the latest information and tweets with the mobile edition of the BCUathletics.com web site – or download the app for iPhone in the iTunes store or Android Google Play Market, plus B-CU Athletic Communications will be heavy on the updates on Twitter through the official accounts, @BCUathletics and @BCUGridiron.

You can follow live stats at the link listed above, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 for eligible cable providers and XBOX Live. As always, view our postgame coverage online approximately one hour after the game’s conclusion, with new additions to give fans the most complete postgame information possible.

GAME DAY HASHTAGS
For all of our followers on Twitter, this week's official game day hashtags include the following...
#HailWildcats
#BeatTNST
#BCUvsTNST
#JohnMerrittClassic
#NeverSatisfied

JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM
While joining the Wildcats in Nashville or celebrating with your fellow fans, be sure to tag @BCUathletics in your Twitter and Instagram posts, along with #HailWildcats and any of the game day hashtags, to show the world who you represent on game day!

BETHUNE-COOKMAN QUICK HITS
TOP CATS
Senior RB Isidore Jackson and Junior LB Jarkevis Fields were each named Preseason MEAC Players of the Year. Jackson was voted Co-Offensive POTY, while Fields was Defensive POTY.

RETURN MEN
The 2013 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats return 50 letterwinners, including 13 players who were starters last season – six on offense and seven on defense. B-CU also welcomes back long snapper Andrew Ferris, after losing place kicker Sven Hurd and punter Kory Kowalski.

ROAD WARRIORS
Bethune-Cookman has won six straight MEAC games on the road, which leads the league – Hampton and North Carolina A&T are second with just one. The Wildcats’ last road loss occurred on Oct. 8, 2011, at North Carolina A&T (22-3) — the only conference setback in Brian Jenkins’ three-year head coaching career.

LIGHTNING STRIKES
Of Bethune-Cookman’s 43 drives resulting in touchdowns last season, 25 lasted less than three minutes and 17 lasted two minutes or less. In fact, seven of B-CU’s drives last 53 seconds or less.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
Since 2010, Bethune-Cookman is 6-3 in regular season, out-of-conference contests, earning notable victories against the likes of Alabama State and Prairie View A&M in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge (2011, 2012). Two of the three losses have come against FBS opponent Miami (Fla.) out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Thus, the lone FCS non-conference, regulars season loss for the Cats since 2010 came last season to Tennessee State in Daytona Beach, Fla., a 21-14 setback.

FOUR-PUNCH COMBO
Bethune-Cookman produced 39 touchdowns last season – running back Isidore Jackson (12), wide receiver Eddie Poole (5), quarterback Brodrick Waters (5) and fellow QB Quentin Williams (3) combined for 64 percent of them.

QUICK NOTES ABOUT THE TENNESSEE STATE TIGERS
Tennessee State leads the all-time series against Bethune-Cookman by a 6-1 advantage. The Tigers claimed a hard-fought 21-14 decision a year ago in Daytona Beach, with both teams unable to connect on the scoreboard in the second half. B-CU’s only win came in a 16-13 victory, Nov. 7, 1987, in Nashville. Saturday’s match up marks the first meeting between the two schools at this site, L.P. Field.

Quarterback Michael German will not make the starting lineup this time around, after connecting on 9-of-17 passes for 157 yards in Daytona Beach, setting up the Tigers' run game with him performance. German will be suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season, and Tennessee State lists freshman Ronald Butler as the starting quarterback for the opener.

Edgewater native Telvin Hooks returns in the backfield, rushing for 67 of his 475 yards in 2012 against the Wildcats. Last season, the Tigers went to the tight significantly, and TE A.C. Leonard returns this season, logging a team-high 101 yards against B-CU last year and a team-leading 744 receving yards on the season.

SEVEN THINGS TO CONSIDER ON GAME DAY
1) Bethune-Cookman is 3-0 in season openers under Jenkins and 12-1 since 2000

2) B-CU hasn’t opened a season outside of Florida since 2004, when it beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 27-14
3) B-CU’s lone victory in the series was a 16-13 decision IN NASHVILLE back in 1987
4) A win moves Jenkins past Charles Wesley Moore into fourth place for All-Time Coaching Victories with 28
5) Look for the ‘Cats to score; B-CU has only been held without a touchdown once in the 35-game Jenkins era
6) Eddie Poole has a pass catching streak running at 35 games
7) Isidore Jackson has scored a TD in 8 straight games

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