Hampton batters Morgan Bears finish season at 1-10

Benson has 5 touchdowns as Pirates romp, 54-20

November 19, 1995|By Jennifer L. Williams | Jennifer L. Williams,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

HAMPTON, VA. DTC — HAMPTON, Va. -- Morgan State played one of its best halves of the season yesterday against Hampton, building an early 14-point lead. But the Bears followed it with one of their worst halves and went on to lose, 54-20.

The loss gave the Bears a 1-10 finish for the season, 0-6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Morgan quarterback Michael Moore completed 17 of 39 passes for 264 yards to become the school's all-time leading passer. His 5,197 career yards surpassed the old record of 5,066 set by Daryl Jackson from 1986-89.

Moore also set Morgan records for career pass completions and pass completions in a season. He completed 178 passes this year and 375 for his career.

Six of his completions yesterday went to Elijah Cameron for 106 yards, but none of this mattered to Moore and his teammates as they finished a dismal season.

"Records mean nothing, I would much rather have a victory," said Moore. "I think we came out and played hard in the first half. Then we made a couple of mental errors on turnovers. We could have done better with our opportunities and that hurt us."

In the second half, Morgan had a punt blocked, fumbled away two possessions and Moore threw an interception.

All this allowed Hampton to begin clicking. The Pirates were led by Malcolm Benson, who scored five touchdowns while gaining 193 yards rushing on 22 carries. Tyrone Mayer had 184 yards and Anthony Smith added 108 as Hampton rolled up a whopping 474 yards on the ground.

Benson tied three Hampton records: career points (212), career touchdowns (35) and touchdowns in a single game.

"I'm not quite sure what happened," said Morgan State coach Ricky Diggs. "We didn't score every time we had the opportunity and we made some mistakes on offense. Defensively, I don't think we tackled very well."

Morgan had a chance to go ahead at the half but Shane Griffith's field-goal attempt was blocked.

"To me, that was the turning point in the ballgame," said Diggs. "We've got some people beat up on the defensive line and not having Willie Thompson hurt us."

Thompson missed the game because he was ejected from last Saturday's game.

Hampton's victory was the 100th for coach Joe Taylor. The Pirates finished 8-3 in their first season in Division I-AA.

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