WV State Yellow Jackets (5-5, 2-4)
Head coach: Earl Monroe (5-5, 1st season)
Formations: Offense - Multiple; Defense - Multiple
Rushing - Reginald Robinson (142 for 571 yds, 1 TD)
Passing - Kevin O'Brien (138-282-10, 1764 yds, 8 TDs)
Receptions - Jayson Moore (28 for 439 yds, 0 TD)
Tackles - Mark Stolle (95 TT, 7 TFL)
Schedule/results: Sept. 2 at Bowie State L, 0-38; Sept. 9 vs. Lincoln W, 16-0; Sept. 16 vs. WV Wesleyan L, 14-21; Sept. 23 at Fairmont State L, 0-14; Sept. 30 at Charleston L, 29-42; Oct. 7 vs. Southern Virginia W, 17-14; Oct. 14 vs. Concord W, 22-13; Oct. 21 at WV Wesleyan (nonconference) W, 14-0; Oct. 28 vs. West Liberty State L, 13-16; Nov. 4 at Glenville State W, 23-21; today vs. Shepherd.
Shepherd leads, 26-3.
Last season's game: Shepherd wrapped up an 11-0 regular season with a 51-10 home win. ... The Rams got a pair of Dervon Wallace touchdown rushes. ... Dan Chlebowski completed 13 of 16 passes for 131 yards.
Shepherd has clinched its 10th WVIAC title under head coach Monte Cater, but the Rams are seeking to secure a playoff first-round bye. ... Shepherd is ranked No. 5 in the AFCA Top 25 for a fourth straight week. ... The Rams' current win streaks are up to 27 games in the regular season and 22 games in WVIAC play. ... The WVIAC record is 25 held by Morris Harvey in the 1950s. ... SU has not lost to West Virginia State since a 12-7 Jackets win in 1980, a span of 25 games. ... An upset victory would give West Virginia State its first winning record since going 6-4 in 1992. ... Earl Monroe's first season has produced the most victories for State since a 5-5 mark in 1999. ... Despite allowing 32 points in last week's win over West Liberty State, the Shepherd defense still lead D-II in total defense and scoring defense. ... The Rams are attempting to complete the first back-to-back perfect seasons in league history. ... West Liberty State completed consecutive unbeaten regular seasons with a 9-0-1 mark in 1949 and 9-0 record in 1950. ... Rams quarterback Dan Chlebowski has tossed three touchdown passes in back-to-back games. ... State scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in last week's 23-21 win at Glenville State.