Passing numbers don't show it, but QB Robert Council did what Morgan State needed in Saturday's win

Redshirt senior completed just 2-of-10 passes, but ran for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns in 28-3 victory over Bowie State

September 17, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

Robert Council's final numbers in Morgan State's 28-3 rout of visiting Bowie State might suggest that the redshirt senior quarterback fared poorly in that game. But that's not how Council or his coach saw it.

Council threw just 10 passes, completed two, and gained 18 yards. But with redshirt sophomore running back Herb Walker Jr. carrying the ball 20 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns, the Bears (1-2) didn’t really need to rely on Council to lead the offense through the air.

“We could’ve thrown the ball,” said Council, who added 12 rushes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. “Those O-linemen up front are going to give you time. But like Coach [Lee Hull] said, we’re going to do what’s working, and running was working. That’s how we made it happen today.”

With Morgan State averaging 6.9 yards per carry, running the ball was the preferred strategy against the Bulldogs. Rainy conditions that didn’t taper off until the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game also influenced the coaching staff to eschew the passing game for the running attack.

“We did not need him to throw the ball,” Hull said of Council. “It was raining and the ball was wet. It was hard to try to get a dry ball in. So one thing that we did was run the ball. When we’re running the ball effectively, we don’t really need to throw the ball. That’s one thing Robert can do. He came to me and said, ‘Coach, I’m ready to run the ball. Put the ball in my hands.’ So that’s what I did.”

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