Winless Morgan beaten by Buffalo, 35-17 Loss drops Bears to 0-5

QBs lead Hopkins, 22-8

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October 11, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Kali Watkins caught three touchdown passes as host University at Buffalo beat Morgan State yesterday, 35-17.

The win ended Buffalo's two-game losing streak, in which the Bulls had allowed 85 points.

Buffalo quarterback Chad Salisbury completed 13 of 14 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and Watkins had six catches for 158 yards.

Quarterback Willie McGirt and Jay Hinton each rushed for a touchdown before Cody Vasquez added a field goal for Morgan State (0-5) in the third quarter.

The Bulls (3-3) scored on their fourth play of the game, as Derrick Gordon had a 56-yard run to the Bears' 1-yard line and scored two plays later.

Morgan State used a 13-yard scoring run by McGirt and a 7-yard run by Jay Hinton to take a 14-13 lead early in the second period. But Buffalo went ahead 21-14 on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Salisbury to Watkins with 36 seconds left in the half.

A 19-yard field goal by Vasquez cut the Bears' deficit to 21-17, but the Bulls ran away from there. David Schmidli's 13-yard run with 4: 28 left in the third quarter and a 30-yard pass from Salisbury to Watkins pushed Buffalo's lead to 35-17 with 11: 23 left to play.

"The offense was balanced," said Salisbury. "But I think the biggest thing we did today was, when they made a mistake, we capitalized on it."

Morgan State lost 68 yards on seven penalties. Morgan State coach Stump Mitchell said penalties had "haunted us all season."

Johns Hopkins 22, Ursinus 8: Wayne Roccia threw two touchdown passes and Adam Gentile ran for 106 yards to lead Johns Hopkins past Ursinus in Collegeville, Pa.

Jamie Monica also added a touchdown throw, an 8-yarder to Chris Gaito in the third quarter, to give the Blue Jays (4-1, 3-0) their third straight victory in the Centennial Conference.

Johns Hopkins got on the board first thanks to its special teams. Andrew Bainbridge tackled Ursinus punter Chris Hogan in the Bears' end zone after a bad snap for a safety, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead late in the opening quarter.

Roccia then followed with his two scores, an 11-yard pass to Cecil McPherson and a 44-yarder to Justin Bellochio.

Chowan 26, Salisbury State 10: Lamont Boone ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Braves to an Atlantic Central Football Conference win over the Sea Gulls in Salisbury.

After Salisbury took a 10-7 second-quarter lead, Chowan outscored the Sea Gulls 19-0. Tony Ellis ran for 133 yards for Salisbury (2-3, 0-3), which has lost three straight.

Bowie State 18, Gannon 12: Quarterback Jimmy Whitehead had a hand in the tying and go-ahead touchdowns as the host Bulldogs defeated the Golden Knights.

Whitehead's 1-yard run tied it at 12-12, and Bowie went ahead on his 7-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Perrin. Whitehead completed six of 12 passes for two touchdowns.

Next for Morgan

Opponent: North Carolina A&T

Site: Aggie Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.

When: Saturday, 1: 30 p.m.

Record: 4-2

Yesterday: Lost to Florida A&M, 51-12.

Pub Date: 10/11/98

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