No. 14/13 Bethune-Cookman Hosts S.C. State in Epic Clash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 14th-ranked Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are set for an epic contest on Saturday, Oct. 26, welcoming the South Carolina State Bulldogs to Municipal Stadium for a B-CU Homecoming weekend. The game features the top two teams in the current Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) standings, with kickoff set for 4 p.m.
After a convincing 48-21 victory over Savannah State last weekend, No. 14/13 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are set to host one of the biggest and most highly anticipated contests at Municipal Stadium in more than a decade. For the second time in as many years, a giant “Battle of the Unbeaten” comes to Daytona Beach, with visiting South Carolina State (5-2, 3-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) coming into the contest having won five consecutive games after starting the year with losses at unbeaten Coastal Carolina and FBS opponent Clemson.
South Carolina State leads the all-time series by a 29-19-1 count over Bethune-Cookman. In fact, the “home” team has not won in this series since 2008, when the Bulldogs claimed a 28-19 victory in Charleston, S.C., as part of the Low Country Classic. The two teams have met four times previously for B-CU Homecoming, with the Bulldogs of SCSU claiming all four of those contest wins.
The game will be carried live by 1380 WELE Radio, as well as WSIR 1490 AM across the state of Florida and on the web. In addition, the game will be streamed via 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 33-9 overall record. His overall record against South Carolina State is 2-1.
Projected weather on game day: Daytona Beach, Fla. – 74/56. Orangeburg – 63/40.
Wildcats in the Polls
Bethune-Cookman enters the game ranked No. 14 in The Sports Network poll, and No. 13 in the FCS Coaches poll.
1. The winner of the Bethune-Cookman vs. South Carolina State game has gone on to win five of the last six MEAC championships.
2. Despite a quick scoring offense, Bethune-Cookman has led in time of possession four-of-seven games this year.
3. Bethune-Cookman already has 20 sacks through seven games, while amassing a total of 22 all last season.
4. Bethune-Cookman holds an overall Homecoming record of 42-21-1 dating back to 1946. The Wildcats are 3-0 in Homecoming games under Brian Jenkins.
5. The Wildcats defense has forced a turnover in 26 of the last 27 games.
A WIN OVER SOUTH CAROLINA STATE WOULD...
• Push Bethune-Cookman’s MEAC winning streak to 17 games.
• Give B-CU its fourth consecutive Homecoming victory.
• Improve Brian Jenkins’ MEAC record to 25-3.
• Improve Brian Jenkins’ Bethune-Cookman record to 34-9 overall.
• Raise the Wildcats’ MEAC home winning streak to eight games.
• Push Bethune-Cookman’s FCS regular season winning streak to 12 games.
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 16-4 at Municipal Stadium, averaging 43.1 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).
• Of Bethune-Cookman’s 27 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 14 have lasted less than three minutes, while 11 of those have lasted two minutes or less.
• This season, Bethune-Cookman has scored 30 or more points in three of the seven games played this year.
• In each of its 9 wins a season ago, Bethune-Cookman has scored at least 20 points, including 5 wins when scoring 30+ points – all but one of those games coming in MEAC play.
• The Wildcats have won 22 straight games when scoring 30+ points and are 26-1 in their last 27 games.
• Bethune-Cookman’s last loss when scoring 30+ in a game? Nov. 22, 2008 – a 58-35 loss against Florida A&M in Orlando, Fla.
STAY BEHIND THE LINE
Through the first seven games of the year, Bethune-Cookman has brought tremendous defensive pressure on that side of the ball. The Wildcats have picked up 20 sacks already this season by 10 different players. That combines with 52 tackles for loss by a total of 17 different players.
HOMECOMING AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
Despite the two teams playing earlier in the season over the past few years, this is not the first time
Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State have met for Homecoming in Daytona Beach. In fact, the
Homecoming record against the Bulldogs is heavily dominated by the visitors from Orangeburg...
1997 — S.C. State 17, B-CU 10
1995 — S.C. State 42, B-CU 20
1986 — S.C. State 28, B-CU 14
1968 — S.C. State 27, B-CU 0
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