Sunday, July 10, 2016

Morgan State Bears to face Howard University Bison under the lights in Beltway Showdown

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- It's official!

Morgan State's football program will not only have its first home night game since 2010, but it will also mark the Bears first home matchup against the Howard Bison in seven years.

The Bears will open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play when they host Beltway rival on Sept. 24 at Hughes Stadium. The actual kickoff time is set for 7 p.m.

Morgan State defeated the Bison in their last outing during a 21-13 victory at the 18th annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field. Redshirt senior quarterback Moses Skillon threw two touchdowns and MSU's offense compiled 419 yards against the Bison to help post the Bears first win of the 2015 season.

Lamont Brown III was named the Chicago Football Classic MVP. The redshirt junior led the Bears on the ground with 11 carries for 75 yards (6.8 avg).

The Bears lead the series against Howard with an overall record of 40-33-3. Morgan State has won 9 of the last 11 meetings against the Bison since 2005, including a stretch of 7-straight from 2005 to 2011.

The last time the Bears hosted Howard at Hughes Stadium was on October 15, 2009 in an ESPNU televised contest. Morgan State put its defense on display for the country as the Bears knocked off Howard 14-7. Devan James led the Bears on the ground with 103 yards on 22 carries and Carlton Jackson completed 10-of-28 passes for 150 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes.

Morgan State opens its 2016 season with a home-opener against
Holy Cross on Sept. 3 before traveling to take on Marshall on Sept. 10. The Bears 2016 schedule features five home games in Hughes Stadium, including a meeting with MEAC co-champion Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 5 in Baltimore.

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