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State football: Villanova rolls over Morgan St., 48-28

Morgan State coach Lee Hull and the Bears are off to a 2-2 start, much better than last season's 0-5 start.
Morgan State coach Lee Hull and the Bears are off to a 2-2 start, much better than last season's 0-5 start. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Morgan State@Hampton

Saturday, 2 p.m.

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John Robertson threw for three touchdowns and ran for a pair of scores as host Villanova pulled away in the second half Saturday to beat Morgan State, 48-28, for its seventh consecutive victory.

Robertson completed 13 of 18 passes for 143 yards and rushed for 99 on 11 carries as the Wildcats (7-1), ranked No. 4 in the Football Championship Subdivision, broke the game open with four touchdowns in an 81/2-minute span in the third quarter. Kevin Monangai rushed for 170 yards and scored twice during the decisive 27-point run.

Moses Skillon completed 23 of 38 passes, threw for a touchdown and rushed for another, but also threw three interceptions for the Bears (4-5), who lost for the second time in their past six games.

Villanova broke a halftime tie at 21 when Monangai scored from a yard out to cap a 75-yard drive on the opening possession of the second half. A blocked punt set up Robertson's 4-yard run before an interception led to his 4-yard scoring pass to Poppy Livers for a 41-21 lead with 5:41 left in the third.

Monangai went 81 yards late in the quarter to snuff out the upset hopes of Morgan State, which turned a pair of fumbles by Livers into touchdowns in the first half. Robertson dashed 56 yards to the end zone on Villanova's first play from scrimmage and threw scoring passes to Doug Turrell and Kevin Gulyas. Skillon had a 33-yard scoring strike to Thomas Martin and a 3-yard touchdown run.

Bowie State 20, Virginia Union 17 OT: Senior Mario Diaz-Aviles kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Bulldogs (3-5, 3-2 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) to victory over the host Panthers (6-2, 4-1).

Ithaca 32, Salisbury 7: Junior Tom Dempsey completed 26 of 37 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns as the Bombers (5-2, 4-2 Empire 8) stormed past the visiting Sea Gulls (4-3, 3-2).

Ithaca outgained Salisbury 410-141 in total yards and held the Sea Gulls to 74 rushing yards.

Alfred 14, Frostburg State 3: Sophomore quarterback Tyler Johnson ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Saxons (4-3, 2-3 Empire 8) over the visiting Bobcats (3-5, 1-5).

Dickinson 33, McDaniel 28: The Red Devils (3-4, 3-3 Centennial Conference) rushed for 310 yards to defeat the host Green Terror (1-6, 0-6).

Junior Chris Soulas led the way for Dickinson with 158 rushing yards and three scores.

Stevenson 57, FDU-Florham 0: Freshman Trey Lee ran for 153 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Mustangs (5-2, 4-2 Mid-Atlantic Conference) over the visiting Devils (0-7, 0-6).

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Johns Hopkins, ranked ninth in Division III, defeated Gettysburg, 37-14, at Homewood Field, giving Jim Margraff his 174th career victory, tying him with former Morgan State coach Eddie Hurt as the winningest college football coach in Maryland history.

The Blue Jays (7-0, 6-0 Centennial Conference) jumped out to a 34-0 halftime lead over the Bullets (3-4, 3-3). Senior quarterback Braden Anderson threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns in just over a half of action.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

VILLANOVA 48 MORGAN STATE 28

Morgan State71407—28
Villanova147270—48

First quarter

Vill—Jh.Robertson 56 run (S.Weyler kick), 13:41.

Morg—Th.Martin 33 pass from Skillon (Moller kick), 12:50.

Vill—Turrell 4 pass from Jh.Robertson (S.Weyler kick), 3:38.

Second quarter

Morg—Skillon 3 run (Moller kick), 9:05.

Vill—Gulyas 22 pass from Jh.Robertson (S.Weyler kick), 5:32.

Morg—Fisk 3 run (Moller kick), 1:04.

Third quarter

Vill—Monangai 1 run (S.Weyler kick), 11:07.

Vill—Jh.Robertson 4 run(Kick failed), 7:53.

Vill—Livers 4 pass from Jh.Robertson (S.Weyler kick), 5:41.

Vill—Monangai 81 run (S.Weyler kick), 2:36.

Fourth quarter

Morg—Skillon 1 run (Moller kick), 13:51.

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