State football: N.C. A&T dominates Morgan State; Towson falls
From Sun staff and news services|
Nov 09, 2014 at 2:02 AM
Kwashaun Quick threw a career-high four touchdown passes — two to Denzel Keyes — to help host North Carolina A&T defeat Morgan State, 45-0, on Saturday.
It was the fourth straight win for the Aggies (8-2, 5-1), who move back into a tie for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Marquell Cartwright caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another while Tarik Cohen ran for a score as North Carolina A&T ended a six-game slide to the Bears at home and defeated them for only the second time in the past nine meetings.
D'Vonte Grant had two interceptions as the Aggies' defense earned its second shutout of the season. Quick completed 22 of 29 passes for 249 yards to lead the top-scoring offense in the MEAC at 34 points per game.
Robert Council was 3-for-9 for 30 yards and a pair of interceptions before being replaced by Moses Skillon (4-for-9, 75 yards) for Morgan State (5-5, 4-2), which had won its previous three conference games. The last time the Bears were shut out was Nov. 10, 2012, when they lost to Norfolk State, 30-0.
Morgan State won the past two meetings between the teams in the final seconds, but there would be no drama this time as North Carolina A&T took a 31-0 lead when Cartwright caught a screen pass from Quick and ran untouched into the end zone for a 47-yard touchdown with 33 seconds remaining in the first half. Keyes used his 6-4 frame to his advantage to go up high and catch scoring passes of 3 and 10 yards in the second quarter after Cohen's 16-yard touchdown run gave the Aggies a 10-0 lead in the first.
Cartwright plowed up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown to cap the opening possession of the second half, and Quick's 26-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Griffin came later in the third quarter to help North Carolina A&T clinch its first eight-win season since going 10-3 in 2003. Cohen, a sophomore, finished with 56 yards rushing to become the second Aggie to reach 1,000 yards (1,022) in a season and moved to within 29 for 2,000 in his career.
Villanova 42, Towson 14: John Robertson passed for three touchdowns and rushed for one as the Wildcats (8-2, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Conference) routed the visiting Tigers (4-6, 2-4).
Robertson threw for 182 yards and rushed 20 times for 107 yards and a touchdown for Villanova, which scored 42 of the game's final 49 points. Austin Medley rushed for 78 yards and a score.
Towson running back Darius Victor rushed 26 times for 165 yards and scored on a 2-yard run on the Tigers' first possession. Connor Frazier completed 13 of 27 passes for 111 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for Towson, which was held to 291 total yards.
Anthony DeCamillo, Kevin Gulyas and Kevin Monangai each caught a touchdown pass for Villanova, which took a 21-7 lead into the half. Towson cut into the lead midway through the third quarter as Frazier connected with Tanner Vallely on a 5-yard pass, but Villanova answered with 21 consecutive points in the final quarter.
Robertson opened the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run before Joe Sarnese intercepted Frazier and returned it 48 yards for a score on Towson's ensuing possession. Robertson completed his first 17 passes and Sarnese recorded a game-high 11 tackles for Villanova, which defeated Towson, 45-35, last season.
Bowie State 35, Elizabeth City State 30: The Bulldogs (5-5, 5-2 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) finished with 434 yards of offense to defeat the Vikings (4-6, 3-4) in the season finale for both teams.
Graduate student Matthew Goggans had a season-best 368 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Johns Hopkins 33, Franklin & Marshall 14: The Blue Jays (9-0, 8-0) scored the game's final 23 points against the host Diplomats (5-4, 4-4) as Hopkins posted a come-from-behind victory to secure at least a share of its sixth straight Centennial Conference title.