Morgan blown away by Howard, 69-3 Embarrassing road loss makes bad season worse

November 15, 1998|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WASHINGTON -- A season that dawned with bright hopes for the Morgan State football team continued to disintegrate yesterday.

The end can't come soon enough for the Bears, who were embarrassed by Howard, 69-3, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Barring an upset of conference co-leader Hampton next weekend at home, Morgan (1-9) will finish the season 1-10, its fourth such record this decade.

The Bears are assured of their 19th consecutive losing season. They are 19-78 in the 1990s. Their last winning campaign (9-2) was in 1979. Yesterday's embarrassment marked the the seventh time this decade Morgan has given up 60 or more points in a game.

As for Howard, the 66-point margin was a school record. The 69-point total was six short of a school mark.

After 4-7 and 3-7 seasons under coach Stump Mitchell, Morgan was thought to be heading back to respectability. But this season has been one of regression.

"The most frustrating thing is that we should have won some of those earlier games," said Mitchell, who is 8-23 in three seasons with the Bears. "Of course, I would love to beat Howard, but I think they're better than those teams we played early on."

Although it's not much consolation, four of the Bears' losses have been by a total of 17 points. All season, Morgan has found ways to snatch defeat from victory.

But that was not the case yesterday.

The Bisons (6-4) scored on five of their first six possessions to build a 35-0 halftime lead, outgaining Morgan, 306 yards to 27. The Bears helped Howard's case with four turnovers, resulting in three touchdowns.

Ted White, the MEAC's leading passer, had a field day against Morgan's inexperienced secondary. In three quarters, White completed 12 of 19 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns.

The Bison finished with a 556-143 advantage in total yardage. David Johnson rushed for 159 yards, including scoring runs of 46, 9, and 49 in the second half.

Cody Vasquez provided the offense for Morgan with a 25-yard field goal on the first drive of the second half.

On Howard's ensuing possession, White found a wide-open Cedric Redden down the right sideline for a 55-yard touchdown. The Bison scored on five of their first six possessions of the second half.

"Anything that could go wrong did go wrong," said Mitchell. "We came out anticipating one thing, and they came out doing something different.

"We didn't really move the ball until late, and when we did, we had some turnovers."

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Next for Morgan

Opponent: Hampton

Site: Hughes Stadium

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Record: 8-2

Yesterday: Beat Delaware State, 41-13.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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