Game of The Week: Shaw at Bowie State

By Tony McClean, BASN Editor In Chief
Updated: September 25, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BASN) — Just four games into the season, it appears that once again the road to the CIAA Championship leads through Shaw University. Ranked fifth in the latest BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Media Poll, the defending CIAA champs (4-0) have been dominate on both sides of the ball.

The Bears are averaging 42.5 points per contest and the defense is giving up a mere 15.5. This season, Darrell Asberry’s defense has claimed 25 turnovers, while the offense has committed 11.

The +14 turnover ratio is currently the best in all of Division II. The 25 turnovers consists of 13 fumble recoveries and 12 interceptions. In contrast, the Bears have given up four interceptions and seven fumbles.

Saturday, the Bears will travel to Maryland and open their league schedule to face Bowie State (2-2, 1-0). Since the reinstatement of football at Shaw in 2003, the Bears have been 4-2 against the Bulldogs including last year’s 41-10 victory.

The Bears had an easy time against Lincoln (68-6) last week as did BSU against Livingstone in a 51-0 romp. The Bulldogs are led by the league’s leading rusher, Rodney Webb (112 ypg).

Webb and redshirt freshman Ramono Flowers each ran for over 100 rushing yards in last week’s shutout. BSU rolled up a season-high 594 yards in total offense, setting a new school record.

The 2 p.m. ET game can be heard on the Internet at www.HSRN.com.

OTHER KEY GAMES

WINSTON-SALEM STATE (0-3) at NO. 1 S.C. STATE (2-0)

Following a bye week, the Bulldogs are seeking a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2005 campaign when Coach Buddy Pough’s team finished 9-2. SCSU leads the all-time series 6-1 and has won the last four meetings, including a 43-17 triumph last season at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. The Rams’ only win in the series came in 2000, when WSSU prevailed 39-28 at Orangeburg.

NO. 2 FLORIDA A&M (3-0) vs. TENNESSEE STATE (1-2)

In the Atlanta Football Classic at the Georgia Dome, the Tigers are looking to rebound from last week’s loss at Southern. As from the Rattlers, they lead the MEAC in rushing and total offense, total defense, and pass efficiency. Leroy Vann has posted four punt returns for touchdowns and currently leads the nation with 28 ypr. FAMU holds the all-time series edge, 25-23, winning the last seven meetings, including a 28-21 win in 2008. The 2:30 p.m. ET game can be seen on Versus and heard on the Internet at www.classicsportsradio.com.

NO. 7 ALABAMA STATE (3-0) vs. MISS. VALLEY STATE (0-2, 0-1)

In their SWAC opener, the unbeaten Hornets travel to the Windy City to play the Delta Devils in the 10th Chicago Classic at Soldier Field. ASU is off to its best start since opening the 2007 campaign with a 4-0 mark in coach Reggie Barlow ‘s debut campaign. MVSU has been outscored 88-7 so far this season.

DELAWARE STATE (0-2, 0-1) at NO. 10 HAMPTON (2-1, 1-0)

The Pirates are off a tough 24-14 win on the road against North Carolina A&T, while the Hornets are coming off a 27-17 loss to the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware. The rivalry dates back to 1945, when DSU defeated the Pirates 14-0. Following that contest, the series was back-and-forth for 19 years, rekindling in 1995 after the Pirates made a bid to join the MEAC. That year, Hampton defeated DSU 51-21. Since then, Hampton has a 12-2 lead in the series, which includes the Pirates’ nine-year winning streak.