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Lee Hull was confident Morgan State football would rally for win vs. North Carolina Central

Morgan State's comeback 21-20 decision over North Carolina Central Saturday at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore will be remembered for the 15-yard touchdown pass from redshirt senior quarterback Robert Council to redshirt junior wide receiver Andrew King with 32.4 seconds left in regulation.

But that play would not have materialized if not for a key defensive stop by the Bears (4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

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The Eagles (3-4, 2-1) had the ball with 7 minutes, 11 seconds left and marched from their own 24 to the Bears' 34. On third down-and-4, redshirt sophomore quarterback Malcolm Bell appeared to connect with freshman tight end Jvon Simmons for a first down, but Morgan State senior strong safety Paul Eatman Jr. was able to dislodge the ball and force North Carolina Central to turn to Fenton, who had already missed from 34 and 41 yards in the first quarter.

Prior to the Eagles’ series, Bears coach Lee Hull made a bold promise to the defense.

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"I told them that if they stopped them, we were going to score," Hull said. "[Senior outside linebacker] Nate Ayers, [redshirt senior outside linebacker] Chris Robinson, they all said, 'Don't worry, Coach. We've got you.' And they did it, and we went down and scored. So it was a team effort."

Hull's comment might seem risky considering that the offense had gone three-and-out prior to its game-winning drive and had been largely ineffective in the first three quarters. But Hull said his confidence was rooted in his discovery of how to attack North Carolina Central's defense.

"I had them figured out," he said. "It took a while to figure out what they were doing. They did a great job and had a great game plan against us. They were going to stop [redshirt sophomore running back] Herb [Walker Jr.]. They were not going to let Herb get off. So we had to find some other ways. They were going to make us throw the football. So we had to throw the football and Robert did a great job of making the right reads on the runs and throwing it. He did a great job with his legs and his arm."

Eatman did not hear Hull's pledge, but agreed with it, saying, "I already knew in the back of my mind that if we stopped them, our offense was going to score because I know our offense can put up numbers," he said.

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Ultimately, the offense proved Hull prescient, which Council was happy to do.

"There was never any doubt," he said. "You've got four downs. We got one first down and kept going."

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