Morgan ends year with thud

South Carolina State romps as 2-9 Bears finish winless on road

S. Carolina State 65 Morgan State 15


ORANGEBURG, S.C. — In Morgan State's final game of a disappointing 2005 season, the Bears were passed and run over by an offense like a diesel truck - the license plate read "SCSU."

Morgan State (2-9, 1-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) showed everyone in attendance last night - and watching on ESPNU - why it was ranked 99th out of 116 I-AA teams defensively, letting South Carolina State (8-2, 6-1) drive the length of the field for touchdowns on its first three possessions of a dreadful 65-15 game that the Bears were never really in.

"At this juncture, you're not really playing for anything other than pride and respect," Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley said. "And, defensively, I just didn't see us make any strides. We didn't make plays or slow them down or anything."

The blowout dropped the squad to 0-5 in road games - where the team was outscored 223-95.

The scoreboard flashed first for the Bulldogs when S.C. State tailback DeShawn Baker scored on a 14-yard rumble, which capped off an 80-yard drive. The Baker show would continue throughout the first half, as he compiled 173 total yards - including a 79-yard reception - and two more touchdowns. He would finish with 102 of the Bulldogs' 311 rushing yards.

Byron Selby - Morgan State's prolific junior quarterback who leads the MEAC in total offense -finally got his Bears on the scoreboard just before the half with a 13-yard pass to the school's all-time receiving leader and All-MEAC senior star Kelvin Dickens. Had the Bears not spoiled two drives with missed field goals, the S.C. State cushion would have been a bit more manageable at the half.

"We thought we could come out and really shock these guys," said Selby, 23-for-43 for 235 yards. "We just couldn't capitalize in the red zone. That's when they just started piling it up on us."

With Selby, Morgan State has a strong chip for next year. But it takes a lot more than one chip to make a successful run, and the Bears coach knows that.

"We have to go into the offseason, and I have to make some tough decisions on how to resurrect this program," Hill-Eley said.

Morgan State 0 7 8 0-15

South Carolina State 13 14 24 14-65

First quarter SCS-Baker 14 run (kick failed), 7:15. SCS-Baker 3 run (Grantham kick), 3:34.

Second quarter SCS-McFadden 1 run (Grantham kick), 13:05. SCS-Baker 1 run (Grantham kick), 1:51. M-Dickens 13 pass from Selby (Meade kick), :57.

Third quarter SCS-Baker 2 run (Grantham kick), 13:21. SCS-Corley 27 inter. return (Grantham kick), 8:08. M-Selby 5 run (J.Jackson run), 5:01. SCS-Darby 64 pass McCoy (Grantham kick), 4:39. SCS-FG Grantham 22, :09.

Fourth quarter SCS-McFadden 34 run (Grantham kick), 10:40. SCS-Gaffney 6 run (Grantham kick), 4:04. A-10,993.

Morg SCSt

First downs 19 23

Rushes-yards 25-80 52-311

Passing 235 296

Comp-Att-Int 23-43-2 10-17-0

Return Yards -1 92

Punts-Avg. 7-37.6 3-38.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 0-0 4-20

Time of Possession 27:07 32:53

Rushing-Morgan St., J.Jackson 11-65, Selby 11-25, Nelson 3-(minus 10). S. Carolina St., McFadden 13-118, Baker 16-102, McCoy 11-56, Gaffney 2-12, Grantham 1-12, Darby 1-7, Woods 3-6, Burgess 2-6, Team 3-(minus 8).

Passing-Morgan St., Selby 23-43-2-235. S. Carolina St., McCoy 9-15-0-277, Hardy 1-2-0-19.

Receiving-Morgan St., Dickens 6-82, J.Wilson 6-70, McKenzie 4-11, Cash 3-8, Henson 2-50, Custis 1-13, J.Jackson 1-1. S. Carolina St., Darby 4-168, Burgess 2-15, Baker 1-79, McFadden 1-19, Breland 1-9, McCloud 1-6.

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