Sacred Heart Pioneers (3-5, 1-2 NEC) at Bryant Bulldogs (3-5, 1-2 NEC)
Saturday, Nov. 4 – 12 PM
Beirne Stadium – Smithfield, R.I.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – SHU Football looks to get back in the win column Saturday when it travels to Bryant for a 12 p.m. showdown on ESPN3.
Last Time Out
The Pioneers moved to 1-2 in the NEC last week after a 37-21 loss to Duquesne at Campus Field. After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, SHU tied the game 6-6 on a one-yard Kevin Duke touchdown run with 13:45 left in the second. The Dukes responded with 28 unanswered points to take a 34-6 lead. Duke had a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, and finished the game with 195 yards. Nate Chavious rushed for 94 yards. Linebacker CJ Parvelus had a career-high 16 tackles.
- SHU has won each of its last two visits to Bryant.
- Linebacker CJ Parvelus leads the NEC in tackles at 10.4 per game. He is also 12th in FCS in tackles per game. He has had double-digit stops in five straight games.
- Wide Receiver Andrew O'Neill has had a reception in each of the last 20 games. Last week, he became the ninth Pioneer to program history to have 100 career catches.
- SHU has averaged over five yards per play on offense in three of the last four games.
SHU vs. Bryant
The Series: Sacred Heart and Bryant meet on the gridiron for the 11th time Saturday. The Pioneers have won six of the first 10 meetings.
Last Meeting: The Pioneers' attempt to rally from an 11-point halftime deficit came up eight points short in a 42-34 loss to Bryant at Campus Field in the final game of the 2016 season. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Pioneers in the series. Kevin Duke was 19-for-29 passing for 227 yards and two touchdowns in relief of RJ Noel. Bryant's Dalton Easton was 22-of-36 for 391 yards and four touchdowns. Matt Sewall caught eight passes for 136 yards and two scores. SHU led Bryant 14-0 just over three minutes into the game, but was outscored 28-3 for the remainder of the first half.
Scouting the Bulldogs: Picked sixth in the NEC Preseason Poll, Bryant moved to 1-2 in the NEC with a 31-16 win at Wagner last week. A Jean Constant 100-yard kick return broke a 3-3 tie early in the second quarter. He finished the game with three touchdowns, catching two scoring strikes from Price Wilson. Wilson threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas Costigan led all players with 11 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks. Bryant leads the NEC in total offense (417.1 ypg) and passing offense (306.8 ypg).