"We've got to make sure we're disciplined,'' the UC coach said. "There's a lot of excitement surrounding [playing UNC Pembroke] and players have a tendency to want to go out and make a great play all the time.
"I need them to go out there and just make the play each time. Our scheme is based on discipline. That's what we've got to continue to do. We're going to have to play our best game.''
West Virginia State and Glenville State are both looking to get back on track.
The Yellow Jackets (2-4 overall, 1-2 WVC) travel to Glenville (2-4, 2-1) for a 1 p.m. WVC matchup.
After ending its 20-game road losing streak, State fell to West Liberty 52-19 last week at home. The Yellow Jackets had several defensive starters out and quarterback Ricky Phillips didn't practice in the week leading up to the game because of a leg injury.
Phillips threw for 210 yards and a score versus West Liberty despite his limitations while running back Aubura Taylor turned in 101 yards and a score.
The Pioneers are also coming off a loss, dropping a 14-9 decision at defending conference champion Concord last weekend. Darold Hughes passed for 101 yards while Rahmann Lee had 105 yards on the ground.
Glenville has won the last four meetings with State, including last year's 30-23 overtime triumph.
"They're big and athletic as usual,'' State coach Earl Monroe said of the Pioneers. "A lot of formations and routes. The quarterback is really good with a quick release. We're expecting a dogfight again this year. We've simplified the defense as best we can so [our players] have fewer adjustments and checks to make.''
In other WVC games today, Concord (3-3, 2-2) visits Seton Hill (0-6, 0-4), West Liberty (3-3, 2-2) hosts No. 24 and WVC-leading Shepherd (5-1, 4-0) and West Virginia Wesleyan (2-4, 1-2) visits Fairmont State (1-4, 1-2).