Virginia Union overruns winless Morgan, 47-12

October 20, 1991|By John W. Stewart

Virginia Union, upset by Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association foe Elizabeth City State last week, made sure it didn't happen again yesterday.

The Panthers (6-1), who dropped from fourth to 20th in the Division II poll after their loss, turned their offense up a notch and simply went through and over Morgan State (0-7) for a 47-12 victory.

Union had its homecoming game spoiled last week, and yesterday it ruined Morgan's before a Hughes Stadium crowd of 16,783.

When it was over, the bigger and stronger Panthers, averaging 478 yards of offense a game, had 572 yards, including 306 and six touchdowns passing.

Carl Wright, a 6-foot-5 senior quarterback who was last year's CIAA Player of the Year, was 20-for-30 passing.

"They did a lot of blitzing and stunting, but my line did a great job and I had plenty of protection," Wright said. He also picked on a Morgan defensive weakness -- one side of the secondary has now been beaten for 12 touchdowns.

Wright, who has completed 52 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns, was complemented by running back Cornelius McCall and receivers Rodney Hounshell, William Wood and Stacey Graves.

McCall, a 5-11, 185-pound freshman filling in for the injured Bobby Phillips (seven touchdowns), and who had carried 10 times in the previous six games, ran 13 times for 180 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Hounshell, a 6-3 junior, had eight receptions for 153 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman Stacey Graves caught four passes for 22 yards and two touchdowns, boosting his season's total to nine touchdowns.

"We stunk it up," said Morgan coach Ricky Diggs.

Morgan State was in position to get something going early, but dropped passes and blown assignments combined to thwart the offensive effort.

"It's a lack of concentration," Diggs added. "The players think they can turn it on for Saturday, but they wind up playing like they practiced.

"Homecoming week and mid-term exams created a lot of distractions, too, but we just didn't get it done."

Morgan State stopped Virginia Union on its first two possessions, but it was all Panthers after that. The Richmond school scored on its next four possessions and wrapped up the half with a 34-0 lead.

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