Western Illinois hands Morgan State its fifth straight loss, 63-13

November 08, 1992|By Joe Bates | Joe Bates,Contributing Writer

MACOMB, Ill. -- The cannon at Hanson Field fires when Western Illinois University scores, but yesterday it was silent after the third quarter.

Maybe it was out of ammunition, but the Leathernecks weren't, rolling to a 63-13 non-conference win.

The Leathernecks (7-3) scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions to stretch their winning streak to five. Morgan State (2-7), which lost its fifth consecutive game, trailed 27-0 after one quarter.

"Once the score gets 27-0 in the first quarter, it just throws you off your game plan," Morgan State coach Ricky Diggs said.

Leathernecks quarterback Donny Simmons, who ranks No. 4 in NCAA Division I-AA passing efficiency, completed 16 of 27 for 331 yards. The Leathernecks out-gained the Bears 604 yards to 500.

"Their skill kids were awfully good, but I think the difference between winning and losing was in the line," Western coach Randy Ball said. "I think our line dominated on both sides of the ball. To be honest, I thought we'd get about 50 [points], but I didn't think we'd get them that quick."

Morgan State's best first-half scoring chance ended when Tony Phillips was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-goal from the Western 1. Three plays later, Simmons threw a 15-yard pass to Demeris Johnson, who turned it into an 83-yard scoring play for a 33-0 lead.

Morgan State quarterback Orlando Persell left the game in the second quarter with a concussion.

He was replaced by Maurice Chase, who threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Humphrey late in the third quarter. The Bears' other score came on a 2-yard run by Michael Davis in the fourth.

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