Knoxville, Moore trip up Morgan

November 07, 1993|By Bob Hodge | Bob Hodge,Contributing Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Halloween may have been last week, but that didn't stop Knoxville College's Tony Moore from coming back to haunt Morgan State.

Moore caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 32-28 homecoming win over the Bears.

Seeing Moore catch the ball was a familiar sight to Morgan State (2-7). Last year, he was the Bears' third-leading receiver with 56 catches and almost 1,000 yards. What he did last year was of little consolation to Morgan State coach Ricky Diggs.

"Tony Moore just killed us," said Diggs. "We knew what he could do, we just didn't do anything to stop it."

Some coaching changes sent Moore packing to Knoxville (5-4), and nobody in the crowd at Dusty Lennon Stadium yesterday was happier with the results than he.

"This was like a double homecoming for me," said Moore. "I knew they were on the schedule and had been looking forward to this game all year.

"There was some talking, but all games are like that. The only difference was this time you knew who was saying it."

The Bears could be allowed some talking after taking a 28-17 halftime lead, especially their much-maligned defense. Morgan State, which gives up an average of 44 points per game, forced four Knoxville turnovers in the first half and even threw in a goal-line stand, holding the Bulldogs on four plays from the 2.

The defense even produced some points when freshman linebacker Greg Lomax -- playing before relatives in Knoxville -- returned a fumble 31 yards for a touchdown 48 seconds before halftime. The Bulldogs had been burned going for a fourth-and-18 on their 44.

Then Knoxville quarterback Andre Williams began zeroing in on Moore and handing off to tailback Mike Arnold.

The Bulldogs went on an 11-play, 58-yard march early in the third quarter with Arnold carrying seven times for 35 yards. The other four plays were an incompletion and three passes to Moore, the last a 6-yard touchdown. Knoxville then got the 2-point conversion with Williams passing to Damon Miles.

Two possessions later, Knoxville took the lead with a 73-yard drive that was capped by Moore's 22-yard scoring catch.

"Tony was just doing what he's been doing for us," said Knoxville coach Joe Redmond. "This was a pretty typical game for him. We started getting the ball to him a little more in the second half and Mike Arnold began to move the ball real well. That was the key."

The Bulldogs appeared to have the game put away when they drove to the Morgan State 6 with just over five minutes to play. But Arnold fumbled and Lomax recovered at the 2.

Morgan State 14 14 0 0 28

Knoxville 7 10 8 7 32

MEAC STANDINGS

.. .. .. .. .. .. ...Conference .. .. .. .. Overall

.. .. .. .. .. .. .W.. ..L .. ..T .. ..W .. ..L .. ..T

Howard .. .. .. ...4 .. .0 .. ..0 .. ..9 .. ..0 .. ..0

Delaware St. .. ...4 .. .1 .. ..0 .. ..6 .. ..3 .. ..0

N.Car. A&T .. .. ..3 .. .2 .. ..0 .. ..7 .. ..2 .. ..0

S. Car. St. .. .. .3 .. .2 .. ..0 .. ..7 .. ..3 .. ..0

Florida A&M .. .. .2 .. .3 .. ..0 .. ..4 .. ..5 .. ..0

B-Cookman .. .. ...1 .. .4 .. ..0 .. ..2 .. ..7 .. ..0

Morgan St. .. .. ..0 .. .5 .. ..0 .. ..2 .. ..7 .. ..0

Yesterday's results

Knoxville 32, Morgan State 28

Delaware State 25, N.C. A&T 19

Howard 30, S. Carolina State 14

Southern 26, Florida A&M 4

Next Saturday's games

Florida A&M at Grambling State

B-Cookman at Norfolk State

Howard at Morgan State

Liberty at Delaware State

J.C. Smith at N.C. A&T

NEXT FOR MORGAN: HOWARD

When: Saturday, at Hughes Stadium

Record: 9-0

Yesterday: Beat South Carolina State, 30-14. The Bison's 11-game winning streak is the longest in Division I-AA.

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