Morgan uses `gimmicks' to edge N.C. A&T, 28-26

Bears' fake punt, onside kick confound Aggies

October 10, 2004|By Jim Furlong | Jim Furlong,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Morgan State ended a four-game losing streak yesterday with a 28-26 victory over North Carolina A&T.

The Bears scored the decisive touchdown after Kelvin Dickens recovered a blocked punt in the end zone with 5:53 remaining. Senior quarterback Bradshaw Littlejohn ran for two touchdowns and also threw an 18-yard TD pass to Chris Cash with 16 seconds left in the second quarter.

Coach Daniel Hill-Eley also watched other sharp plays on special teams, including a run on a fake punt for a first down and a recovered onside kick to start the third quarter.

"We knew to be competitive in hostile territory, we had to take advantage of special teams," Hill-Eley said. "In every area, we had a gimmick."

The Bears (2-4) were smiling as they enjoyed their first win in more than a month.

"We are excited," senior linebacker Vincent Brown said. "The last month was tough. ... Now we have our swagger back a little bit. This is just a big hump we had to overcome. We know we needed this one on the road in a tough environment."

The Bears, who led 14-13 at halftime, spoiled the Aggies' homecoming before a crowd a sellout crowd of 21,940 at Aggie Stadium.

Morgan State (1-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) avoided falling to last place in the conference, while A&T (2-4) is now last in the league at 0-2.

After being limited to 10 offensive yards on 16 plays in the first quarter, Littlejohn led the Bears to two touchdowns and 168 yards in the second quarter. After misfiring on his first five passes, Littlejohn completed 9 of his next 11 throws, and also ran a keeper 7 yards to the end zone.

In the third quarter, his 16-yard TD run led to a 21-13 lead. The Aggies responded when true freshman Quante Speight (game-high 98 yards on 10 carries), dashed 38 yards to the end zone.

The Aggies' biggest mistake came after they started a drive at their 20. Defensive end Andre Williams sacked quarterback Marshall Glenn on third down, forcing a punt from the 18.

Larry Dixon (Dunbar), a redshirt freshman, came through the middle for the block and Dickens alertly recovered for six points. Nathan Keever kicked the extra point for a 28-19 edge.

Jason Jackson paced Morgan State rushing with 63 yards on 24 carries.

The Bears play at Howard on Saturday.

Next for Morgan

Matchup: Morgan State (2-4, 1-2) vs. Howard (3-2, 0-1)

Site: William H. Greene Stadium, Washington

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Yesterday: Howard beat Charleston Southern, 24-6

Morgan St. 0 14 7 7 - 28

N. Carolina A&T 3 10 6 7 - 26

First quarter NCAT-Davalos 44 field goal, 11:43. Second quarter MSU-Littlejohn 7 run (Keever kick), 13:14. NCAT-Davalos 39 field goal, 8:00. NCAT-Perry 20 pass from Glenn (Davalos kick), 4:29. MSU-Cash 18 pass from Littlejohn (Keever kick), :16. Third quarter MSU-Littlejohn 16 run (Keever kick), 8:00. NCAT-Speight 38 run (rush failed), 3:08. Fourth quarter MSU-Team 0 blocked punt return (Keever kick), 5:53. NCAT-Speight 7 run (Davalos kick), 1:30. A-21,940.

MS NCAT

First downs 13 15

Rushes-yards 37-130 33-145

Passing 143 231

Comp-Att-Int 10-21-1 18-35-1

Return Yards 32 7

Punts-Avg. 6-31 5-27

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 8-66 10-81

Time of Possession 28:15 31:45

Rushing-Morgan St., Jackson 24-63, Littlejohn 11-41, Johnson 1-20, Selby 1-6. N. Carolina A&T, Speight 10-98, Hollingsworth 16-57, Hinton 1-11, Jones 2-(minus 2), Glenn 3-(minus 9), Green 1-(minus 10). Passing-Morgan St., Littlejohn 10-19-143-1, Selby 0-2-0-0. N. Carolina A&T, Glenn 18-35-231-1. Receiving-Morgan St., Manus 4-48, Dickens 3-65, Cash 2-19, Dixon 1-11. N. Carolina A&T, Perry 5-81, Brown 3-55, Trusty 3-25, Hinton 2-33, Green 1-14, Glenn 1-12, King 1-6, Johnson 1-6, Hollingsworth 1-(minus 1).

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