RALEIGH, N.C. – Coming off their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) conference victory over Elizabeth City State University, 23-17 last Saturday, the Shaw University football team will look to carry its winning momentum to Fayetteville, N.C. when the Bears clash with Fayetteville State University in a CIAA contest and Southern Division opener on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Live coverage will feature video and live stats on www.shawbears.com. The game will be broadcasted live on WSHA 88.9 FM with Corey Hodges providing play-by-play commentary and Michael Rochelle as the color analyst. Shaw football radio can be found here or fans can visit http://www.shawu.edu/WSHA/home/default.aspx. Gamenotes are available here. Fans can also follow live tweets on Twitter @ShawBears.
The Series / Last Meeting:
Saturday's contest will be the 35th meeting between Shaw and Fayetteville State as the Broncos lead the all-time series with an overall record of 17-11-5. The last time these two teams met was on Oct. 6, 2016 in Durham, N.C. where the Bears suffered a 7-6 setback in a rain soaked game.
Statistic-wise, FSU made more plays than the Bears down the stretch. Shaw tallied just 198 total offense, including 115 on the ground and 83 yards through the air, while the Broncos accounted for 207 total offense (149 rushing, 58 passing).
The Bears played its most complete game of the season thus far against the Vikings to earn the 23-17 win last Saturday. Shaw offense was sparked by junior running back Uriah Bethea (Upper Marlboro, MD) and quarterback Darron Downing, Jr. (Portsmouth, VA). Bethea finished with 95-yards on 12 carries and a game-high two touchdowns while Downing, Jr. threw for 93 yards (6-9-0) and one touchdown. The defense also did its part, forcing two fumbles and six sacks. The victory snapped the team's two-game losing streak and improved its record to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the CIAA.
FSU fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league games following a 64-31 loss to #19 Bowie State. The Broncos rushed for 297 yards against the Bulldogs vaunted defense. Devin Knudsen recorded 131 passing yards on 14 completions in 30 attempts and two interceptions. Donshel Jetton rushed 20 times for 94 yards and touchdown while Stevie Green finished with 59 yards on 15 carries and a score.
Despite their record, the Broncos have been the most competitive in their running game. They average 5.0 yards per carry, having score 14 touchdowns (leagues' second-best) on the ground so far on the season for an average of 202.8 per game. Currently, FSU ranks fourth in the league in rushing.
Shaw returns home to host Livingstone College in a division contest on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
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