RICHMOND, Va. -- Dermon Spragg blocked three punts recovering one for a touchdown and setting up 10 other points, as Virginia Union defeated Morgan State, 48-15, yesterday.
Virginia Union, ranked No. 8 in Division II, improved to 7-0.
The Bears, who took their seventh loss in as many games, jumped to a 7-0 lead after one period.
Thomas Gibson ended Virginia Union's first possession with an interception in the end zone, and Horace Minnifield stopped the Panthers' second possession with a fumble recovery.
Minnifield plucked a fumble out of the air and returned it 53 yards to the Panthers' 17. Three plays later, Nathan Ayers carried 9 yards for the game's first touchdown.
However, Union bounced back and drove 54 yards in four plays for the tying touchdown on a 13-yard run by quarterback Carl Wright with 14 minutes, 13 seconds left in the first half.
Morgan appeared to regain the lead on a 58-yard run by Ayers, but the play was called back because of a holding penalty. The Bears managed to move for two more first downs on the drive before facing a punting situation.
Spragg broke through for the first of his blocks, giving the Panthers the ball at the Morgan 21. Two plays later, Kurt Greene scored from the 13 to give Virginia Union the lead for good at 14-7.
"That's been happening to us the last two or three games," Morgan coach Ed Wyche said of the blocked punt. "One of the snaps was high, but the kicker [Michael Andrews] just dropped two of them.
"We moved the ball well in the first half. Right now, they [his players] don't how to win. I'm hoping they are going to get better."
The Panthers got the first of two field goals from Robert Timmons, a 32-yarder with 35 seconds left in the second quarter to take a 17-7 halftime lead.