Moments after his winless Morgan State football team was defeated, 28-7, by Delaware State on homecoming day at Hughes Stadium yesterday, coach Edmund Wyche's wife, Mary, stepped on a can while leaving her seat in the stands and fell headfirst down the concrete steps.
She suffered a large bruise on her head and a bruised leg, and was taken to the emergency room at Union Memorial Hospital.
What else can go wrong?
"They say the Lord won't give you more than you can bear," said Wyche, who stayed at the stadium a few minutes to talk about the loss by Morgan State (0-8) before 17,750, some of whom directed catcalls toward Wyche and his players.
"Overall, I can't complain about our performance," he said. "If you take away the three turnovers that set up touchdowns, it's a 7-7 game. We lost a football game as far as the scoreboard goes, but we played a heck of a game in terms of heart and never quitting when we were down by four touchdowns in the fourth quarter."
Delaware State (5-2) had more depth, experience and talent than Morgan State, but the heavily favored Hornets might have had to fight for a victory if the Bears hadn't gift-wrapped three touchdowns for them on two fumbles and one interception.
Delaware State, the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion, didn't seem inspired for the Bears, who had minus-8 yards rushing.
Hornets defensive backs dropped several balls that should have been interceptions, and the offense sputtered much of the afternoon.
"I don't know what it is about Morgan State, but we never play well against them," Delaware State coach Bill Collick said. "We never execute well. You would figure we would be farther along than this at this time of the season. If we're going to make a run at the conference title, we'll have to play better than this."
Asked to assess the Morgan State program, Collick said: "Their program has been down and might always be down. Depth is a problem for them. But I think Coach Wyche is getting a little more out of his personnel each year."
Morgan's ground game, which required the first five games tget out of the negative net-rushing total, was ineffective again.
That forced Wyche to let freshman quarterback David Partin throw the ball on almost every play after replacing starter Orlando Persell late in the first quarter.
Partin threw the ball a school-record 48 times, completing 21 for 222 yards and one touchdown. Daryl Jackson had set the previous record of 46 attempts against Florida A&M last season.
Three of Partin's passes were intercepted, including one that seup Delaware State's second touchdown for a 14-0 lead with 4 minutes, 36 seconds left before halftime.
Morgan State has lost 14 of 15 since getting off to a 3-0-1 starlast season.
Things started to go wrong for Morgan when Persell fumbled athe Bears' 21 and linebacker James Redding recovered for Delaware State.
Three plays later, the Hornets scored on a 12-yard run by halfback Doug Reed, and Matt Stehman added his first of four extra points for a 7-0 lead with 6:17 left in the first quarter.
Morgan State failed to convert several opportunities during the next 15 minutes.
A 38-yard field-goal attempt by Morgan's Michael Andrews was partially blocked with 44 seconds left in the first quarter. The Bears wasted a roughing-the-kicker penalty against the Hornets that gave Morgan a first down at the Delaware State 34 with 11 minutes left in the first half, and they squandered an interception by Eddie Hill in the end zone because a defensive lineman jumped offside.