Printers, Florida A&M too much for Morgan

Bears are overrun by QB in first half of 34-16 defeat

College Football

September 15, 2002|By Kevin Kuertz | Kevin Kuertz,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CINCINNATI - He had to leave the game with a sprained ankle just before halftime, but by then the Cincinnati Riverfront Classic & Jamboree had turned into the Casey Printers show.

Florida A&M, ranked No. 21 in Division I-AA, scored 24 unanswered first-half points behind the senior quarterback's 216 total yards (195 throwing) and two touchdowns, and the Rattlers rolled past Morgan State, 34-16, yesterday at Paul Brown Stadium.

The game was part of a multi-cultural initiative that featured four days of educational and entertainment activities.

Defensively, Morgan State (0-3, 0-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) couldn't slow the Rattlers (3-0, 1-0 MEAC) and Printers, a former three-year starter at Texas Christian. He and defending MEAC champion Florida A&M's no-huddle offense had gained 357 yards by halftime.

And offensively, the Bears weren't much better.

LeJominick Washington, coming off knee surgery, looked rusty in his first start of the year. The junior quarterback went 2-for-10 for 17 yards and was intercepted twice before being pulled for Bradshaw Littlejohn late in the second quarter.

"Preparing for Florida A&M, all we wanted to do was contain [Printers]," said Morgan State coach Donald Eley-Hill. "But he made the plays. We had to drop people out of the box when they got the passing game going, and that gave him room to scramble and do other things."

While Washington struggled to get his offense going, he didn't get much help from his receivers.

From his 48, Washington found an open William Sherman racing down the right sideline. The senior wide receiver, clear of any Florida A&M defender by 15 yards, dropped the pass.

Washington, on the next play, was intercepted.

Both mistakes ultimately proved costly as Printers, on the Rattlers' next drive, found wide receiver Dennis Bonga in the corner of the end zone for a 27-yard score.

Littlejohn took most of the Bears' snaps in the second half and was effective running (153 yards on 15 carries). He also threw for a touchdown, a 73-yard strike to Vishante Shiancoe.

"After what happened, we hoped to get them in the second half," Eley-Hill said of Printers' injury. "We started to get the momentum a little bit, and our guys began to realize they could compete with them, but we had too may turnovers. You can't have those against a team like this."

Florida A&M 10 14 7 3 - 34

Morgan State 0 0 16 0 - 16

First quarter F-Printers 7 run (Vazquez kick) F-Vazquez 34 FG Second quarter F-Pompey 4 run (Vazquez kick) F-Bonga 27 pass from Printers (Vazquez kick) Third quarter M-Shiancoe, 73 pass from Littlejohn (Stallings run) F-Hayes 13 run (Vazquez kick) M-Sherman 24 pass from Washington (Stallings run) Fourth quarter F-Vazquez 40 FG A: n/a

F M First downs 24 23 Rushes-yards 49-274 42-186 Passing 254 204 Comp-Att-Int 17-36-1 10-30-3 Return Yards 49 184 Punts-Avg. 5-42.6 4-44.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 4-1 Penalties-Yards 8-69 4-46 Time of possession 31:03 28:57

Rushing-Florida A&M, Pompey 20-150, Hayes 12-69, Richardson 11-46, Printers 5-25, Sharpe 1-4. Morgan State, Littlejohn 15-145, Washington 16-75, Stallings 7-23, Walters 2-5, Lacy 2-4. Passing-Florida A&M, Printers 15-30-1-195, Hayes 2-6-0-59. Morgan State, Washington 7-25-3-103, Littlejohn 3-5-0-101. Receiving-Florida A&M, Bonga 4-55, Allen 4-48, Miller 3-54, Junious 2-62, Richardson 2-13, Harrison 1-12, Pompey 1-10. Morgan State, Shiancoe 4-113, Stallings 3-46, Sherman 1-24, Dickens 1-11, Norris 1-10.

Next for Morgan

Opponent: Monmouth

Site: Hughes Stadium

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Record: 0-2

Yesterday: Lost to Sacred Heart, 32-13

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