Courtesy: MVSU Sports Information

The Series
Mississippi Valley State’s football matchup against Alcorn State this Saturday in Itta Bena will be the 56th meeting between the two schools. Alcorn State leads the series with a record of 39-15-1.

  • Last 10 contests – Alcorn State won 8 of last 10
  • Last five games – Alcorn State won 5 of last 5
  • Longest Miss. Valley State win streak – Three (3) from 1956-58
  • Longest Alcorn State win streak – Ten (10) from 1965-74
  • Largest Margin of MVSU Victory – 28 points in 1983
  • Largest Margin of MVSU Defeat – 48 points in 1968

STAFFORD RANKED THIRD IN ALL-PURPOSE
Sophomore receiver Julian Stafford ranks sixth in the SWAC in all-purpose yards per game (89.1).

STANSELL RANKS THIRD IN SWAC IN RUSHING
Mississippi Valley State running back Brandon Stansell ranks third in the SWAC in rushing with 65.2 yards per game. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in three games this season, including 102 last week at UAPB.

MVSU “D” RANKED 3RD in FCS
MVSU’s defense is ranked third in the nation in FCS. The Delta Devils defense is allowing only 279.63 yards per game.

MVSU DEFENSE RANKED HIGH IN SWAC
MVSU’s defense is ranked in the top five in the SWAC in multiple categories.

  • Scoring Defense (4th) – 21.8 ppg
  • Total Defense (1st) – 279.6 ypg
  • Rushing Defense (6th) – 133.4 ypg
  • Pass Defense (2nd) – 153.5 ypg

JACKSON TAKES OVER OFFENSE
Alex Jackson, who has served as MVSU’s offensive line coach, was promoted to offensive coordinator, taking over for Ramon Flanigan.

SIMPSON RANKS FIRST IN NATION IN TACKLES FOR LOSS
MVSU junior defensive tackle Robert Simpson ranks first in FCS in tackles for loss per game with 2.00. He has racked up 16 tackles for loss this season.

DELTA DEVILS RETURN TOP RUSHERS
One of the biggest positives of the Delta Devils’ 2012 season is the return of their top two rushers from the 2011 season. Junior college transfers Trey Bateaste and Brandon Stansell both return for their season year as a Delta Devil. The two combined to rush for nearly 1,000 yards last season. Bateaste, who was named preseason Second Team All-SWAC, rushed for 543 yards and three touchdowns while Stansell added 406 yards on the ground. Bateaste and Stansell are expected to again be an integral part of the Delta Devils’ offensive scheme in 2012.

MONZON TAKING OVER KICKING DUTIES
Kevin Monzon, a Marietta College transfer, will take over the field goal and extra point duties for Carlos Sanchez, who will handle the punting and kickoff responsibilities. Monzon made an extra point, but missed a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter against Alabama State last week.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • MVSU defensive tackle Robert Simpson ranks first in the nation in FCS in tackles for loss. He has 16 on the season.
  • MVSU’s defense is ranked third in the nation in FCS in total defense, giving up only 279.63 yards per game.
  • MVSU linebacker Keven Woods is ranked seventh in the SWAC in tackles per game (7.9)
  • MVSU’s Carlos Sanchez is ranked second in the SWAC in punting average with 41.7.
  • MVSU senior running back Brandon Stansell ranks third in the SWAC in rushing yards per game with 65.2.
  • MVSU sophomore receiver Julian Staffod is ranks sixth in the SWAC in All-Purpose yards with 89.1 per game.


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