Bethune-Cookman rolls over Morgan TD on last play averts shutout, 38-6

September 15, 1991|By Dan Ryan | Dan Ryan,Special to The Sun

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Morgan State avoided a shutout. Other than that, very little went right for the Bears last night, and Bethune-Cookman could do little wrong.

The result was the Wildcats' 38-6 thrashing of Morgan State before a Memorial Stadium crowd of 5,500. With the victory, Bethune-Cookman (2-1, 2-0) moved into first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Bears (0-3, 0-2) slipped to last place with their 12th consecutive league defeat. Their only touchdown came on a 6-yard run by freshman back Marchell Boston as time expired. His score concluded an 86-yard drive, Morgan's longest of the season.

It was the Bears' worst loss this season. Too slow to contain Bethune-Cookman's speedy receivers, the Bears gave up 248 yards passing to J.D. Hall in the first half.

Too small to stop the Wildcats' defensive line, the Bears mustered only 115 total yards in the first half -- 70 of those coming on two plays.

To make it worse, the Bears couldn't get a break.

A touchdown catch by Glenny Moore was called back because of an inadvertent whistle. The Bears' best drive of the first half ended when Nathan Ayers fumbled in the end zone.

Bethune-Cookman put it away early, scoring on its first four possessions in taking a 30-0 halftime lead.

Morgan State tried man-to-man coverage on Bethune-Cookman's talented receivers, especially attempting to stop Jeff Parker. But Bethune-Cookman simply divided the pass-catching up among five receivers.

Benefiting the most was Troy Grant.

A senior who entered the game with one reception in two games, Grant caught seven passes for 119 yards in the first quarter. Hall, running out of the run-and-shoot offense, threw scoring passes of 13 and 45 yards to him as the Wildcats led, 23-0, after the first 15 minutes.

Bethune-Cookman's other scores came on a 7-yard run by Donnie Hogan and a safety when Walt Simmons sacked Michael Moore in the end zone.

Michael Moore also was running the Bears out of the run-and-shoot, but to little avail. The Wildcats shut down Morgan's deep routes, forcing the Bears to try screen passes. As a result, Moore gained but 19 yards on his first 11 completions.

A 46-yard scramble by Michael Moore -- which accounted for all but four of the Bears' net rushing yards in the first half -- set up a first-and-goal situation. The Bears moved down to the 2 when Ayers fumbled in the end zone and Mark Harrington recovered.

Bad luck continued for the Bears. What would have been Michael Moore's touchdown pass was called back with 2:21 remaining in the first half.

Walter Bland tipped the ball to Glenny Moore, who went untouched the final 30 yards of a 56-yard completion. Officials brought it back after a whistle blew early near the line of scrimmage.

Two more Morgan State scoring threats in the second half were stopped by turnovers.

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