Norfolk State blitzes Morgan, 48-6 8 sacks, 2 interceptions unravel 2 Bears QBs

September 28, 1997|By Heath A. Smith | Heath A. Smith,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NORFOLK, Va. -- An unrelenting blitzing defense by the Norfolk State Spartans unraveled Morgan State's offense yesterday, as the Bears were thrashed, 48-6, by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference newcomers.

Morgan State quarterbacks Willie McGirt and Donald Green were pressured throughout, often surrounded by Norfolk State defenders, who forced them to scramble and throw bad passes.

"We just didn't make the adjustments on offense and they just kept coming," said Bears coach Stump Mitchell. "The special teams didn't do much, either. I thought Norfolk State beat us in two of the three phases of the game."

Morgan State and Norfolk played about even in the first quarter, with the Bears scoring on the last play of the quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from McGirt to Anthony Collins to close Norfolk State's lead to 9-6.

That's about all the offense Morgan State could muster, however, as Norfolk State's offense began to take over.

On Morgan State's next two possessions, the Bears gained minus-11 total yards of offense.

Overall, Morgan State was held to 114 total offensive yards (10 yards rushing, 104 yards passing).

The Bears also threw two interceptions and were sacked eight times.

"We wanted to send pressure early so we brought it to them," said Norfolk State linebacker Alonzo Goodwyn. "We took a chance and they scored a touchdown because we didn't get to the quarterback quick enough, but that was our main focus, to get to the quarterback."

McGirt did the best job for Morgan State of surviving Norfolk State's blitz, completing five of 11 passes for 66 yards, including the first-quarter touchdown to Collins, even though he was sacked six times.

Green completed five of 23 passes for 38 yards and threw two interceptions.

One of those interceptions was returned 45 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Lydell Finley.

"The defensive line and linebackers were the whole difference in the game for us," Finley said. "They were on the quarterbacks quickly and they were on them all night. They forced the quarterbacks to make bad decisions."

Next for Morgan

Opponent: South Carolina State

Site: Hughes Stadium

When: Saturday, 1: 30 p.m. Record: 3-0 Yesterday: Beat Tennessee State, 34-28

Pub Date: 9/28/97

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