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Football Hosts Morehead State in Red Out Saturday

by | Oct 13, 2022

Quarterback Jayden Waddell after scoring a touchdown against Butler.


Date: October 15, 2022
Kickoff: 1:00 PM
Stadium: Richardson Stadium
Location: Davidson, N.C.
Promotion: Red Out Richardson

2022 Record: 4-2 (2-1 PFL)
2021 Record: 8-3 (7-1 PFL)
Head Coach: Scott Abell
Davidson Record: 30-17, 5th year
Career Record: 69-40, 11th year

2022 Record: 2-3 (1-1 PFL)
2021 Record: 7-4 (6-2 PFL)
Head Coach: Rob Tenyer
MSU Record: 43-60, 10th year
Career Record: Same

Meetings: 23
Series Record: Morehead State leads, 13-10
First Meeting: Morehead St. W, 40-0 (9/2/99)
Last Meeting: Davidson W, 29-22 (10/30/21)
Streak: W3
In Davidson: Davidson leads, 6-4
In Morehead: Morehead leads, 9-4
Abell vs. Morehead State: 3-1

1ST AND 10
·       Davidson looks to bounce back Saturday afternoon when it hosts Pioneer Football League opponent Morehead State inside Richardson Stadium.
·       The Wildcats, who are 3-0 at home this season, enter 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play following a 27-16 setback at St. Thomas.
·       Davidson is one of just two (Jackson State) FCS programs ranked in the Top-10 nationally in both total offense (9th) and total defense (9th).
·       The Wildcats have gained over 600 yards total offense in two of their last three contests.
·       Senior Dylan Sparks enters just 19 rushing yards shy of 2,000 for his career, while backfield mate Coy Williams is just 59 away from the milestone.
·       Sparks and Williams rank fifth and sixth on Davidson’s all-time rushing list, respectively.
·       The Wildcats have won three straight against Morehead State, but trail the all-time series 13-10.

·       Coming off its second BYE of the 2022 season, Morehead State enters 2-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
·       The Eagles, who were predicted to finish fifth in the preseason poll, edged Presbyterian, 14-10, in their last contest.
·       Morehead State comes in with a balanced offensive attack, rushing for 133.2 yards per game, while averaging 175.2 in the air.
·       Defensively, the Eagles are allowing 462.8 yards and 37.0 points per game.
·       Kick returner Gunnison Bloodgood ranks sixth in the FCS in return yards, averaging more than 30 yards per return.
·       Safety Cooper Krezek ranks eighth in the PFL and leads Morehead State, averaging nearly 8 tackles per game. He also leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss.

·       In addition to leading the country in rushing offense (363.7 ypg), Davidson ranks among FCS leaders in total offense (469.8/9th) and scoring offense (35.5/18th).
·       Three different Wildcats have rushed for over 300 yards on the season — Coy Williams (420), Jayden Waddell (377) and Dylan Sparks (369).
·       Williams leads the team with six rushing touchdowns.
·       Sparks enters just 19 rushing yards shy of 2,000 for his career, while Williams is just 59 away from the milestone.
·       Sparks and Williams rank fifth and sixth on Davidson’s all-time rushing list, respectively.
·       Mark McCurdy is Davidson’s top receiver with 12 catches for 159 yards and three touchdowns. The junior slot receiver also has 183 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown.
·       Quarterback Jayden Waddell has completed 57.8 percent of his passing attempts, thrown five touchdown passes and rushed for three more.
·       In all, nine different players have scored offensive touchdowns for Davidson through six contests.

·       Davidson has been just as impressive on the defensive side of the ball, ranking among FCS leaders in total defense (285.0/9th), passing yards allowed (145.5/5th) and scoring defense (18.2/16th).
·       The Wildcats have recorded nine interceptions this season, including two each from Jordan Burrell and John Tessmann.
·       Daniel Carter leads the way in tackles with 33, while Julian Rawlins has a team-high 1.5 sacks and three tackles for a loss.
·       Kaedon Jenkins also has three tackles for a loss and a team-high seven pass break ups.

·       Highlighted by a pair of TJ Magee kickoff returns for a touchdown, Davidson is fourth nationally in kickoff returns (30.0).
·       Caden Bonoffski is a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts and 27-of-29 on extra point tries.
·       Aaron Maione is averaging 12.60 yards per punt return.

·       Davidson Football took part in College Football Mental Health Week, an initiative in conjunction with Hilinski’s Hope – an organization that strives to prioritize the mental health of collegiate student-athletes.
·       Student-athletes will be wearing green ribbon stickers on their helmets as well as wristbands throughout the month of October.
·       The team will also be highlighting its work with the Peavey Project on campus at the Morehead State game.

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