CHEYNEY, Pa. -- James Dozier blocked Mark Williams' punt early in the fourth quarter yesterday, and the ball went out of the end zone for a safety, giving Morgan State a 2-0 victory over Cheyney State in a muddy battle of winless teams.
"I said to myself, 'I'm going to block this one,' " said Dozier, who also recovered four fumbles. "I figured if I blocked it, it was either a touchdown or what we got."
What Morgan (1-10) got was its first victory since beating Cheyney last season. Cheyney (0-11) has lost 14 straight.
The offenses combined for 20 fumbles, 16 by Cheyney, and one complete pass on a rainy afternoon. Cheyney used three quarterbacks, and most of its fumbles came on bad snaps and handoffs; the Wolves lost eight. Morgan lost all four of its fumbles. Each team was intercepted once. Morgan gained 58 yards, Cheyney 45.
"I don't care how we got it," said Bears coach Ed Wyche. "We got it. It's a win.
"But I do think we earned it. I told our kids the only thing we could do was make the least mistakes we could and hope that was less than Cheyney. We couldn't throw the football, couldn't cut or run. But we got through to get the two points. We figured with any kind of a score we had a chance to win the football game."
Morgan didn't earn a first down (it was awarded one on a penalty) until late in the third quarter and finished with just four. Cheyney had seven first downs, four on penalties, three of which were roughing the kicker. The Bears punted 10 times and didn't complete a pass. And twice Morgan came up empty after recovering Cheyney fumbles inside the 15, once when kicker Michael Andrews was wide left on a 27-yard field-goal attempt on third down.
Morgan threatened in the third quarter after recovering a fumble at Cheyney's 15, but running back Nathan Ayers fumbled after a hit by 6-foot-9, 320-pound Jim Williams.
"I was scared," said Dozier. "I knew they could get a field goal and beat us. We saids to ourselves: 'We've got to step forward and stop them. We're not going to lose."
On third-and-10, the Wolves inserted quarterback Charles Cole, their best passer. He mishandled dthe snap. Dozier pounced on the ball, and Morgan was pretty much home free from there