Morgan's Littlejohn leaves mark in home finale

QB accounts for 5 TDs to sink Delaware St., 34-30

College Football

October 24, 2004|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Morgan State senior quarterback Bradshaw Littlejohn knew what he wanted to do in his final home game yesterday.

"I wanted to thank the fans and the program for their support," Littlejohn said. "I wanted to go out with a bang."

He did exactly that, throwing for 240 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 127 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears defeated Delaware State, 34-30, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game before a homecoming crowd of 14,479 at Hughes Stadium.

In a game that featured 989 yards of offense (493 for Delaware State, 496 for Morgan), Morgan (3-5, 2-3) ran out to a 34-16 lead and held on.

Littlejohn scored his first touchdown with 2:28 left in the first quarter on a 9-yard run up the middle to give the Bears a 7-3 lead.

After Delaware State (2-6, 2-2) took a 10-7 lead on a 5-yard pass from Bryan Botts to Dennis Savedge, Littlejohn went to work through the air. On the next two Morgan possessions, Littlejohn found Kelvin Dickens for 74 and 45 yards to run the lead to 21-10.

Most of Morgan's first-half yards came from running back Jason Jackson. The junior, who finished with 144 yards, had 100 in the first half.

After halftime, with the Bears leading 21-13, Morgan coach Donald Hill-Eley decided to emphasize Littlejohn again.

"I knew if we went five wide [playing with five receivers], they wouldn't be prepared and it would open up the middle for him," Hill-Eley said. "I knew it would be beneficial for us if we got a linebacker on him."

Littlejohn did his part, rushing for 99 yards in the third quarter. His best run came with 10:27 left, when he turned a draw play into a 38-yard touchdown run to give the Bears a 28-13 lead. He added another touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to give Morgan a 34-16 lead.

"He showed what a great athlete his is today," Jackson said. "He's the best quarterback I've ever played with, and I've learned so much from him because he leads by example."

Delaware State began to rally. With 13:40 left in the fourth quarter, Botts found Thomas Bolden streaking down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 34-23. Then he led the Hornets on a 10-play, 62-yard drive that resulted in Afumiy McFadden's 3-yard touchdown run with 3:50 left in the game to cut the lead to 34-30.

After Morgan punted with 1:48 left, the Hornets mounted one final drive. Delaware State drove to the Morgan 27-yard line with no time left, before Botts' final pass to Shaheer McBride fell incomplete at the goal line.

"They knew we were weak in the secondary, and it was their plan to exploit that," Hill-Eley said. "For our secondary to step up like it did at a time like that takes a lot of character. With all the offense we had, it was good that they rose up when they did."

Littlejohn said this game could be a catalyst for Morgan's final three games on the road.

"We came together today, and learned to believe in each other," he said. "Coach Hill preaches that we are a family, and he is right."

Delaware State 3 10 3 14 - 30

Morgan State 7 14 7 6 - 34

First quarter DS-FG Gaertner 27, 8:03. MS-Littlejohn 9 run (Keever kick), 2:28.

Second quarter DS-Savedge 5 pass from Botts (Gaertner kick), 11:35. MS-Dickens 74 pass from Littlejohn (Keever kick), 10:37. MS-Dickens 45 pass from Littlejohn (Keever kick), 5:44. DS-FG Gaertner 25, 0:00.

Third quarter MS-Littlejohn 38 run (Keever kick), 10:27. DS-FG Gaertner 27, 7:19.

Fourth quarter MS-Littlejohn 36 run (Keever kick), 14:39. DS-Bolden 47 pass from Botts (Gaertner kick), 13:40. DS-McFadden 3 run (Gaertner kick), 3:50. A - 14,479

..........................DS MS

First downs 26 18

Rushes-yards 32-63 31-256

Passing 430 240

Comp-Att-Int 37-51-1 14-21-0

Return Yards 9 24

Punts-Avg. 5-34.4 4-44.8

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-2

Penalties-Yards 8-87 10-175

Time of Possession n/a n/a

Rushing-Delaware State, McFadden 14-57, Roy 12-17, Botts 5-12, Team 1-minus 23. Morgan State, Jackson 16-144, Littlejohn 14-127, Team 1-minus 15.

Passing-Delaware State, Botts 36-49-1-420, Anderson 1-2-0-10. Morgan State, Littlejohn 14-21-0-240.

Receiving-Delaware State, Bodlen 9-150, Coleman 8-76, McBride 7-103, Roy 5-41, Savedge 3-18, McFadden 2-2, Taylor 1-17, Hamilton 1-15, Postell 1-8. Morgan State, Manus 5-54, Dickens 4-142, Cash 2-21, Dixon 1-12, Trotter 1-8, Henson 1-3.

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