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Spartan football caps non-conference play with CAA tussle at William & Mary

The NSU football team (1-1) concludes its 2016 non-conference schedule at No. 13 ranked William & Mary (1-1) on Saturday in the newly-renovated Zable Stadium in Williamsburg.

The NSU football team (1-1) concludes its 2016 non-conference schedule at No. 13 ranked William & Mary (1-1) on Saturday in the newly-renovated Zable Stadium in Williamsburg.

NORFOLK, Va. – The NSU football team (1-1) concludes its 2016 non-conference schedule at No. 13 ranked William & Mary (1-1) on Saturday in the newly-renovated Zable Stadium in Williamsburg. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. in what will be the Spartans’ second straight game against a nationally-ranked CAA opponent.

Game 3: NSU (1-1) at No. 13 William & Mary (1-1)
Saturday, Sept. 17 • 6 p.m. • Zable Stadium (12,400)
•    Radio: WGH Star 1310 AM, WNSB 91.1 FM (Pre-game – 5:30 p.m.) – Play-by-Play: Ross Gordon; Color: Maguell Davis
•    Series History: 6th meeting – W&M leads 5-0
•    First Meeting: W&M 27-13 (Sept. 3, 1977)
•    Last Meeting: W&M 29-14 (Sept. 13, 2014)

1st and 10
1. The Spartans are looking to get back into the win column after a 34-0 shutout loss at No. 2 Richmond last Saturday. NSU was shut out for the first time in two years and was limited to 122 yards of total offense against the Spiders.
2. This will be the sixth meeting between Norfolk State and William & Mary and fourth meeting since 2008.
3. William & Mary is 4-0 all-time vs. NSU in Williamsburg, with wins in 1977 (27-13), 1985 (28-15), 2008 (42-12) and 2014 (29-14). Only one prior meeting was played in Norfolk, a 27-15 Tribe win in 2009. The teams meet in Norfolk on Sept. 9, 2017 to complete their current home-and-home agreement.
4. This is the second of two straight games NSU will play against nationally-ranked CAA football teams. The Spartans, who are 0-10 all-time against teams currently in the CAA, lost 34-0 to No. 2 Richmond last week.
5. NSU is 3-26 all-time against teams ranked in the Stats FCS Poll (formerly Sports Network Poll), including losses in its last three games against ranked foes, at No. 2 Richmond (last week), and vs. No. 25 Maine (Aug. 30) and No. 16 William & Mary (Sept. 30) in 2014.
6. With a win against the Tribe, NSU would post its first winning non-conference record since 2012.
7. The Tribe is 1-1 and won its first game of the season last week, beating NSU’s MEAC nemesis Hampton, 24-14, in Hampton, Va. Steve Cluley threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns for W&M. Receiver DeVonte Dedmon caught eight passes for 176 yards and a score.
8. William & Mary returns 16 starters from last season’s 9-4 team that reached the second round of the FCS playoffs after earning a share of the CAA regular-season title. Cluley (2,768 yards, 16 TD last season) is in his third year as a starter for the Tribe offense, while Kendell Anderson (1,418 yards) and DeVonte Dedmon (588 yards, 8 TD) return as the Tribe’s leading rusher and receiver, respectively, from 2015.
9. NSU has several connections to the William & Mary football program. NSU cornerbacks coach Christian Parker has two younger brothers on the Tribe football team. Corey Parker is a redshirt freshman starting safety for W&M, while Collin is a true freshman defensive back.
10.  W&M defensive line coach Kevin Lewis served as an assistant defensive line coach under NSU head coach Latrell Scott when Scott was head coach at Richmond in 2010.

Quick Hits from Richmond
Some news and notes from the loss to Richmond last Saturday:
•    NSU dropped to 0-10 all-time against the CAA and 3-26 all-time against ranked teams as a result of the loss at Richmond.
•    CB Sandy Chapman led NSU in tackles with a career-high-tying 10 stops. He also intercepted his first pass of the season and had a tackle for loss.
•    QB Greg Hankerson had just 37 yards passing and 59 yards of total offense, both lows for the signal-caller since transferring to NSU last season.
•    WR Joel Caleb made his first two career catches in a Spartan uniform, netting eight yards on the two grabs.
•    NSU was held to just 122 yards of total offense, fewest in Latrell Scott‘s 13 games as NSU head coach. The last time a Spartan team had a smaller total was on Nov. 6, 2014, with 67 yards vs. Bethune-Cookman.
•    NSU’s last time being shut out also came in 2014, a 17-0 home loss to Liberty on Sept. 6.
•    Playing in his first career game at NSU, LB Damiyan Caldwell notched his first career interception in the second quarter off a deflected pass.
•    NSU’s longest play from scrimmage was a 16-yard Greg Hankerson run in the third quarter.
•    DE Terrell Reid had two of NSU’s three sacks at UR, giving him a MEAC-leading 2.5 through two games.

Originally published at nsuspartans.com