The Bears, who gave up an average of nearly 60 points to the MEAC-leading Rattlers since beating them in 1994, were routed, 66-10, last night. By halftime, Florida A&M; already owned a 56-0 lead.
Rattlers quarterback JaJuan Seider led his team to touchdowns on each of their eight first-half possessions. Seider completed 17 of 21 passes for 276 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
On the first possession of the game, Florida A&M; marched 83 yards to score on a 14-yard Seider run with 10: 11 left in the first quarter. The Rattlers never looked back. They did not punt until 9: 29 remained in the third quarter.
"I missed punting," said Florida A&M; punter T.J. Smith. "Don't get me wrong. I love it when we get a lot of points. As long as we win I'm happy."
Backup Quinn Gray relieved Seider at the beginning of the second half, completing three of 10 passes for 52 yards and no touchdowns. Florida A&M; also showcased a dominating defense. Morgan State was held to 225 total yards, and starting quarterback Willie McGirt was pulled from the game in the second half.
"We've got to regroup," McGirt said. "We have to put everything together and come back next week. We got outplayed today but, we've just got to take this and learn from it."
Marque Brown, who replaced McGirt, did not get the Bears into the game, either. Brown completed none of his four passing attempts. Morgan State's first score came 4: 19 into the second half when running back Keith Warren reached the end zone to make the score 56-7. The 5-yard rush was Warren's first touchdown of the season.
The Bears' only other score came with 2: 44 remaining when Cody Vasquez kicked a 35-yard field goal making the score 66-10. The loss dropped the Bears' record to 1-3. They will be back in town next week to take on Towson.
Next for Morgan
Site: Homewood Field
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Yesterday: Beat Holy Cross, 14-0.