South Carolina State shut down Delonte Williams — sacking the the freshman Morgan State quarterback a startling eight times — then they ran over the Bears’ overmatched defense, finishing with 336 total yards.
Morgan State (4-6, 3-4) finished with minus-17 yards rushing on 34 attempts, and just 154 overall. Result: The Bears fell 31-10, in a nationally broadcast game on ESPNU.
The truth is, it wasn’t even that close. South Carolina State is an impressive 13-0-1 since 1974 in the city of Baltimore.
“Our defense has been that way all year,” Bulldogs coach Buddy Pough said after the game. “We wanted to try to make some sort of a statement. We had a bunch of big plays. I guarantee you that if you have enough big plays, you’re going to score.”
Malcolm Long completed 17 of 31 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns for South Carolina State (8-2, 6-1). Asheton Jordan rushed for 88 yards and another score.
Early on, Morgan State cut the lead to 10-7, but Long returned to throw his second touchdown pass of the night to Thomas Williams, a 37-yarder with 10:27 left in the first half. South Carolina State kicker Blake Erickson also nailed a 20-yarder to start the first quarter, then field goals of 32- and 36-yards in the third. The Bears never threatened again.
“It’s a real good feeling to know you’ve got a great defense on the other side of the ball as a quarterback,” said Long, the Bulldogs’ passer. “I feel very comfortable going into every game with those guys stopping them.”
That’s the third straight loss for Morgan State (4-6, 3-4), which was marking Donald Hill-Eley‘s 100th game as coach. Now in his ninth year, Hill-Eley is 46-54 — making him the school’s third-winningest coach, behind only Eddie P. Hurt and Earl C. Banks.