Virginia Union at No. 25/23 Bethune-Cookman
Sept. 7, 2013 | 4 p.m.
Municipal Stadium | Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Series: Virginia Union leads, 1-0
Last meeting: Dec. 6, 1953. Bethune-Cookman lost, 13-0 in the Tropical Bowl
Bethune-Cookman 1-0 (0-0 MEAC)
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The 25th-ranked Bethune-Cookman Wildcats play host to Division II opponent Virginia Union this weekend, welcoming the Panthers to Daytona Beach in a 4 p.m. kickoff. The Wildcats are coming off an emotional victory at Tennessee State last weekend, a 12-9 takedown of the Tigers in the annual John Merritt Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
Virginia Union won the only previous meeting between the Panthers and Wildcats, a 13-0 decision in the 1953 Tropical Bowl. The game took place on Dec. 6, 1953 in Jacksonville, Fla., seeing the Panthers top a Bunky Matthews coached squad.
Catch the game on CatEye Network Network with a live video stream.
The game will also be carried live by 1380 WELE Radio 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 head coach with all four years coming at Bethune-Cookman. He has a 28-8 overall record.
Projected temperatures on game day: Daytona Beach - 87/74. Richmond - 82/63.
Wildcats in the Polls
Bethune-Cookman enters the game ranked No. 25 in The Sports Network poll, and No. 23 in the FCS Coaches poll. This is a drop by two spots in both polls from a week ago, despite a 1-0 record and a season-opening win over Tennessee State.
Senior running back Isidore Jackson is heading up the walls of the B-CU record books at a fast pace. He enters the season needing just 393 yards to put himself atop the all-time list for career rushing yards in B-CU history. Additionally, he needs just three touchdowns to match Jimmie Russell (2004-07) at fourth place all-time for career rushing scores in school history.
Jenkins at Municipal Stadium
Head coach Brian Jenkins made his sideline debut at Municipal Stadium Sept. 4, 2010 (W, 70-10 vs. Edward Waters) after spending the prior season calling plays from the booth high above as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator. Since Jenkins’ arrival in 2010, the Wildcats are 14-4 at Municipal Stadium, averaging 40.6 points per game at home. Of the four losses at Municipal Stadium under Jenkins, two were post-season contests in the FCS Playoffs (2010 — vs. New Hampshire; 2012 — vs. Coastal Carolina).
Every week on the MEAC Coaches Teleconference, Brian Jenkins is asked about who will start at quarterback. The answer has, and always will be, that the Wildcats have a “three-headed monster” behind center in the form of three capable signal callers. B-CU has SR Brodrick Waters, JR Quentin Williams and SR Jackie Wilson all with unique skills, and Jenkins has each of them ready to go at any given moment to take over the reigns of the offense in a contest.
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 non-conference loss for the Cats since 2010 came last season to Tennessee State in Daytona Beach, Fla. on the heels of a 21-14 setback.