State's strength is its pass defense, which leads the MEC in interceptions with 14 with 13 of those coming from the back end, while the other is from freshman linebacker Justin Carr. Sophomore defensive back Romell Haley leads the team with five interceptions, picking off one pass in all but two games.
Senior DB Dominique Matthews has four, which includes three against W.Va. Wesleyan, and sophomore DB William Merritt has four, two of which came against Concord.
"It comes down to those guys have some talent and they've really taken to coach (Nick) Benedetto's coaching," Anderson said. "He has their eyes in the right spot and their technique under control. They were here when we came and they've been coached really well and have been really open to that coaching. Put those things together and we get results."
Wise freshman quarterback Jeremy Eubank led the Cavaliers last week, completing 23-of-41 passes for 250 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Four players have thrown passes for Wise this season.
The Cavaliers have lost eight in a row but, like the Yellow Jackets, have had a tough start in the new NCAA Division II MEC.
"I don't know if this is the right way to put it, but our message is this: we're just as successful as they are," Anderson said. "This is an opportunity for both teams to get that first win. From our standpoint, we're constantly concerned about ourselves and how we'll work to get better each week."
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