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Morgan State coach Lee Hull said he never considered pulling QB Robert Council on Saturday

When the situation called for it, Robert Council delivered.

The redshirt senior quarterback completed just 2 of 8 passes for 25 yards in the fourth quarter of Saturday's home game against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe North Carolina Central, but his 15-yard pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Andrew King with 32.4 seconds left in regulation helped Morgan State overcome a 20-7 deficit and prevail, 21-20.

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Council, who also rushed the ball seven times for 67 yards in the final frame, had struggled in the first three quarters for the Bears (4-3 overall and 3-1 in the MEAC). He had connected on 5-of-14 throws for 79 yards, lost a fumble, and generally looked unproductive.

But Council continued to have the support of coach Lee Hull.

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"He struggled for most of the game, but like I've always said, he's our guy and we're going to ride with him, and we did," Hull said. "I had confidence in him, and he figured it out. He took what they were giving us. I think he was trying to make the big play all the time instead of taking what they were giving us in the passing game. So we got him settled down and in the fourth quarter, he was just taking the plays that were there and the throws that were there."

But when Morgan State's final drive of the third quarter stalled at their own 27-yard line, redshirt junior quarterback Moses Skillon began warming up on the sideline. That was news to Hull.

"I didn't know he was warming up because I wasn't pulling Robert," Hull said. "I never told him to warm up. That was never a consideration."

Council, who was charged with a fumble when his backward pass to redshirt sophomore running back Herb Walker Jr. was tipped and recovered by the Eagles (3-4, 2-1), acknowledged the offense's ineffectiveness in the first three quarters.

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"Everything that we didn't get was because of us," he said. "They have a great team and a great defense, but we were making mistakes. When you have all 11 players playing their assignments, we'll score on every drive."

So what changed in the fourth quarter?

"We knew we had only 15 minutes to win the game," Council said. "Everything had to speed up. So we sped it up and scored."

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