DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Its defensive secondary burned early and often, Morgan State was defeated, 33-10, by Bethune-Cookman last night in a slow-moving, penalty-filled Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.
Bethune-Cookman quarterback Todd Walker threw three first-half touchdown bombs as the Wildcats took a 19-7 halftime lead. Another touchdown and three big plays were called back.
Morgan State (0-2, 0-1) used Bethune-Cookman penalties and turnovers to stay close, but came no closer than 19-10 on Shane Griffith's 22-yard field goal with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter after a bad punt snap gave the Bears the ball at the Bethune-Cookman 24.
The Wildcats finally pulled away after Walker connected with Morris Nobles on a 65-yarder to set up first-and-goal. One play later, Steve Wallace bulled in from the 4 with 14:24 remaining.
The Bears' only lead came when Na'im Greene ran 22 yards with 14 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make it 7-6. The score was set up when Tory Davis recovered Derrick Payne's fumbled punt return on the previous play.
Walker answered with a 36-yard strike to James Adderly early in the second quarter, then put the Wildcats ahead 19-7 with a 55-yard bomb to Norwood Hammond.
Greene finished with 83 yards rushing on 22 carries for Morgan State.
NEXT FOR MORGAN
Site: Liberty Stadium, Lynchburg, Va.
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
.' Yesterday: Lost to VMI, 50-31.