Hampton runs by Morgan

Bears surrender 349 rushing yards

unbeaten Pirates score on first four possessions

Hampton 44 Morgan State 14

College football

September 25, 2005|By Doug Mittler | Doug Mittler,Special to The Sun

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Donald Hill-Eley said he didn't want to get involved in a track meet. The Morgan State coach ended up watching the latest edition of the Hampton Relays.

Hampton raced to an early 20-point lead, scoring on its first four possessions, and rolled to a 44-14 victory over the Bears yesterday in the New York Urban League-Whitney Young Classic at Giants Stadium.

Morgan State (1-3), playing its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener, was no match for the top-ranked team in the latest Sheridan Black College Football Poll.

The Pirates (4-0, 3-0 MEAC) picked up their 10th straight regular-season win and began resting some key regulars as early as the third quarter before an announced crowd of 58,738.

A porous Morgan defense was shredded for 349 yards on the ground and 576 yards overall.

"They pretty much pushed us around," Hill-Eley said. "They played great and we didn't make plays."

Alonzo Coleman did most of the damage, collecting 126 yards on 11 carries and scoring two touchdowns. He set the tone with a 42-yard touchdown run just 91 seconds into the game.

The Pirates bottled up Morgan State's Jason Jackson, who ran for a school single-game record 251 yards last week against Savannah State. Jackson was held to 1 yard on seven carries in the first quarter and finished with 30 yards on 15 carries.

"After last week, it was unbelievable to hardly get a yard [in the first quarter]," Jackson said.

It was a long day for Morgan State quarterback Byron Selby, who completed just 10 of 28 passes for 152 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown to Kelvin Dickens.

Selby missed a full week of practice because of an infection and was hospitalized for a few days.

"It does kind of drain you," he said. "Nothing is like getting the reps in practice, but you can't make excuses."

Craig Nelson ran for 101 yards and one touchdown for the Bears, but most of his yardage came after the game was decided. A 70-yard punt return for a score by Jai Wilson in the third quarter was called back by a penalty.

Hill-Eley was offensive coordinator at Hampton under Joe Taylor from 1997 to 2000, helping the Pirates win two MEAC titles and the 1999 Heritage Bowl. Hill-Eley lost to his mentor for the third straight season, but not for a lack of effort.

"I'm impressed with the energy level and the intensity level they have," Taylor said. "They'll be OK."

Hill-Eley must find some answers for a defense that has allowed 134 points in its first four games.

"We weren't doing anything they didn't expect. We just responded awful," said Morgan State safety Larry Davis, who had 10 tackles.

Hampton rushed for 95 yards in the first quarter alone and led 13-0.

The Bears' only productive play in the period was a 49-yard pass from Selby to Rodrick Wolfe, but James Meade's 23-yard field-goal attempt on the first play of the second quarter was blocked.

Hampton responded with a nine-play, 71-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Ardell Daniels.

The Pirates took a 27-7 lead on a 33-yard screen pass from Princeton Shepherd to Daniels five seconds before halftime.

Any chance of a comeback ended when Selby fumbled on Morgan's first possession of the second half and Shepherd threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Dereck Faulkner, who caught five passes for 113 yards.

Hampton 13 14 17 0 - 44

Morgan State 0 7 0 7 - 14

First quarter H-Coleman 42 run (Paterini kick), 13:29 H-Paterini 32 FG, 7:08 H-Paterini 42 FG, 3:51

Second quarter H-Daniels 1 run (Paterini kick), 11:28 MS-Dickens 26 pass from Selby (Meade kick), 6:38 H-Daniels 33 pass from Shepherd (Paterini kick), :05

Third quarter H-Faulkner 38 pass from Shepherd (Paterini kick), 12:17 H-Coleman 32 run (Paterini kick), 11:20 H-Paterini 25 FG, 7:27

Fourth quarter MS-Nelson 12 run (Meade kick), 7:07. A-58,738.

H MS

First downs 26 19

Rushes-yards 47-349 38-144

Passing 227 152

Return Yards 139 106

Comp-Att-Int 10-18-0 10-28-0

Punts 1-41 7-36

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1

Penalties-Yards 13-166 7-89

Time of Possession 23:11 30:13 Rushing-Hampton, Coleman 11-126, Daniels 14-92, Morgan 6-54, Cummings 8-34, Payton 1-19, Smith 3-13, Shepherd 4-11. Morgan State, Nelson 12-101, Jackson 15-30, Selby 11-13. Passing-Hampton, Shepherd 9-15-186, Smith 1-3-41. Morgan State, Selby 10-28-152. Receiving-Hampton, Faulkner 5-113, Jones 2-49, Daniels 1-33, Lomax 1-27. Morgan State, Wolfe 3-62, Dickens 3-42, Napper 3-35. Cash 1-13.

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