Howard eludes Morgan again with 30-27 win Golden Bears have lost 14 of past 15 to old rivals

November 16, 1997|By Graig Woodburn | Graig Woodburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SAN DIEGO -- Morgan State couldn't quite get its hands on Howard yesterday when it counted, and the Bison continued their recent domination of the Bears with a 30-27 victory before an estimated crowd of 15,000 at Qualcomm Stadium.

Howard (6-4, 3-3) has won 14 of the past 15 games in the series against Morgan (3-6, 2-4), but the Golden Bears led at halftime and hung close until the game turned in the fourth quarter.

With Howard leading 17-13 and about eight minutes left, the Bison faced a third-and-nine from the Morgan 13. Howard went to a halfback option pass with Cedrick Redden throwing to McArthur Johnson in the end zone. Morgan's Warner Herndon appeared ready to make the interception, but the ball bounced off his hands and fell to Johnson for a 23-13 lead.

The Bison would later add to the lead on an 11-yard run by Jermaine Hutchinson, who ran for 125 yards on nine carries in the second half to lead Howard to the comeback win.

"Just a few plays made a difference in this ballgame, and unfortunately for us, they're walking away with the trophy," said Morgan coach Stump Mitchell.

The game, originally a home date for Morgan, was moved to San Diego and billed as the Gold Coast Classic.

After each team had trouble moving the ball early, the Bears recovered a fumble at the Howard 16-yard line. Four plays later, on the final play of the first quarter, Bears quarterback Donald Green ( 9-for-22, 100 yards) lofted a perfect touch pass from the 12 to Tyrone Smith, who beat Damion Moss to the left corner of the end zone for the score and a 7-0 lead.

Howard later moved to the Morgan 10, but had to settle for Charles Card's 27-yard field goal, cutting Morgan's lead to 7-3.

Trailing 13-9 at halftime, the Bison took the lead with 3: 55 to go in the third quarter on a 27-yard sweep by Hutchinson one play after Howard recovered a fumble by Fred Jenkins at the Morgan 27. Ted White hit Marlon Ward for the two-point conversion.

After the Bears fell behind late, Green hit Smith with a 21-yard pass to make it 23-19. In the game's final minute, Willie McGirt connected with Smith to bring the Bears within three points, but an onside kick was recovered by Howard.

Howard ..... 0 9 8 13 -- 30

Morgan State 7 6 0 14 -- 27

Next for Morgan

Opponent: Hampton

Site: Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, Va.

When: Saturday, 1: 30 p.m.

Record: 9-1

Yesterday: Beat Delaware State, 24-20

Pub Date: 11/16/97

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