The Bears couldn't stop No. 15 South Carolina State's big-play offense and couldn't get away from the Bulldogs' attacking defense. Those were the main reasons South Carolina State handed the Bears a 32-10 loss in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Hughes Stadium.
The Bulldogs sacked Morgan State freshman quarterback Delonte Williams eight times and forced him to run for his life time and again. In the first half, the Bears gained 183 yards, but they posted minus-29 yards in the second half -- when they gave up a safety and couldn't get going.
"They blitzed me a lot," Williams said. "My offensive line really wasn't picking up the blitz. They played a good defense."
They also showed some good offense. South Carolina State (8-2, 6-1) finished with 336 total yards, 247 of which came in the first half as it rolled to a 24-10.
"They're a good team," Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley said. "The guys played hard. That's what I was looking for."
Morgan State (4-6, 3-4) lost for the third straight time in Hill-Eley's 100th game as the Bears' coach.
South Carolina State senior quarterback Malcolm Long picked apart the Morgan State defense. Long threw short and long, sometimes staying in the pocket and others running out while looking for receivers. The Bears couldn't stop him often enough. Long completed 17 of 31 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and helped South Carolina State come up with a number of big plays.
Williams (16 of 25, 171 yards) made some good plays but often had to run for his life.
The Bears' best drive came in the first half, when Williams guided them 70 yards on seven plays, capped by sophomore David Brown's 7-yard touchdown run. That cut the Bulldogs' lead to 10-7 early in the second quarter.
But South Carolina State bounced right back and scored two more touchdowns before sophomore Kemar Scarlett kicked a 28-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half. That sliced the lead to 24-10.
The second half didn't get much better as junior Blake Erickson kicked two of his three field goals, and the Bulldogs added a safety when Morgan State sophomore punter Nicholas Adams was forced to kick a bouncing ball out of the end zone for a safety after a bad snap.
Morgan State's worst break came in the third quarter, when it appeared to force and recover a fumble. But the officials said an inadvertent whistle had been blown and waved off the play. South Carolina State sophomore running back Asheton Jordan broke off a 35-yard run on the next play, which set up a field goal by Erickson for a 27-10 lead.