There was nothing awesome about the Bowie State football team yesterday.
But the Bulldogs played well enough to blitz Morgan State, 34-9, in an intrastate football matchup at Hughes Stadium.
Bowie State (1-1) put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns that gave the Bulldogs a 34-3 cushion with 10 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the contest.
Bowie State senior running back Phil Dyer danced 23 yards for a touchdown with 13:15 remaining to run the lead to 27-3, and Bowie quarterback Richard Thomas scored on a 1-yard plunge a little more than three minutes later to account for the 34-3 margin.
Thomas' touchdown was set up by a 26-yard interception return by Bowie linebacker Edward Gregory to the Morgan 1.
It was the fourth time David Partin, a freshman from Lakewood, Calif., was intercepted by the Bulldogs.
The first Bowie State interception came less than four minutes into the first quarter and gave the visitors a 6-0 lead.
Bowie cornerback Don Janey guessed right on a pass by Partin in the right flat and raced virtually untouched 38 yards for the first score of the game.
Bowie State almost came up with two other interceptions off Partin, who was replaced in the fourth quarter by another freshman, Maurice Chase.
Chase showed a few brief flashes of promise .
Morgan State has lost nine of its past 10 games since getting off to a 3-0-1 start last season.
Morgan coach Ed Wyche said: "When you're playing the inexperienced people like we're playing, you can't expect too much too soon. David [Partin] was misreading the Bowie defense and played like a freshman."
Wyche said he had no immediate answers for turning the sagging Bears' program around.
"To be frank, I don't know what to say," said Wyche. "We have to sit down and think about things. We don't want to bless our players out or get down on them. We need to be patient."
Wyche said he has scheduled a mandatory one-hour workout today in contrast to the usual voluntary Sunday practice sessions.
Bowie State coach Sanders Shiver said: "I sympathize with whatever problems Morgan is having with their football program. Whatever the situation is, they have to look at it and make changes."
Bowie State won easily despite accumulating 163 yards on 14 penalties. Morgan State was penalized 11 times for 140 yards.
Forty-five yards of the Bowie State penalties came on three successive personal foul calls against defensive tackle Tony DiMauro and Gregory with 6:46 left.
DiMauro and Gregory were ejected from the game.
"I guess they were wolfing a bit, and the officials didn't want the game to get out of hand," said Bowie coach Sanders Shiver. "This is a state rivalry, and emotions play a big part. I thought Morgan played hard, but our kids did what they had to do to win. I thought we outplayed Hampton [21-6 loss last week in season opener], but we couldn't put the ball in the end zone. We solved that problem today."
Shiver believes the Bulldogs are in a good position to run off a string of victories, as they prepare for four straight home games.
Morgan State faces four straight road games and only has one more home contest this season (Oct. 20 against Delaware State).