Bethune-Cookman tops Morgan State, 41-17 Bears offense stalls in 2nd half

September 12, 1993|By Dan Ryan | Dan Ryan,Contributing Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bethune-Cookman finally got a chance to play Morgan State. From the Bears' point of view, it wasn't worth the wait.

The Wildcats recovered from last week's upset loss to Knoxville with an impressive 41-17 victory over Morgan State before 6,794 at Municipal Stadium. It was Bethune-Cookman's eighth straight decision over the Bears, which forfeited last year's meeting because of a players' strike.

Leading 19-14 at half, the Wildcats scored on a pair of third-quarter touchdowns and used Calvin Soll's 21-yard interception return on the opening play of the fourth quarter to put it away.

Very little went wrong for the Wildcats. Consider:

* Kelvin Daniels rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Michael Jackson threw for 189 yards as Bethune-Cookman out-gained the Bears, 405-223.

* The Bears run-and-shoot offense, which produced 54 points last week, managed only one substantial drive. Morgan State was held to 10 yards rushing, and BCC's defense had six sacks.

* Morgan State had four turnovers. The Wildcats, which had six last week against Knoxville, had none.

Daniels, a senior from Daytona Beach, posted his second touchdown of the game on a 16-yard run with 12:31 left in the third quarter. Cameron Pitts set up the run with an 88-yard kickoff return.

Morgan State pulled to within 26-17 on a 27-yard Shane Griffith field goal, but the Wildcats answered with an 80-yard drive that culminated in Jackson's 11-yard keeper with 25 seconds left in the quarter, making it 33-17.

The Bears led once in the game when Maurice Chase's 30-yard pass to Jesse Humphrey gave the Bears a 14-13 lead with 8:13 left in the first half.

Bethune-Cookman took the opening kickoff 63 yards for a 1-yard Darren Culmer touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Morgan State got its first score thanks to Matt Crawley, who blocked a Wildcat punt on the Wildcats' 3. Three plays later, Orlando Percell threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Humphrey.

Humphrey later caught another scoring pass from Maurice Chase, who came in after Percell had trouble taking the snaps.

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