Disappointment could be seen on Morgan State quarterback Moses Skillon's face. The senior had just played his final college football game, a 17-10 loss to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Norfolk State at Hughes Stadium.
The Morgan State football team isn't where it wants to be at this point in the season. However, Saturday might've marked a big step in that direction. The Bears found themselves in the second half, scoring on two long drives and posting a 21-7 win over Florida A&M in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore.
A bye gave the Bears a free weekend, but with a 3-2 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, they still find themselves trailing four programs in the standings. One of those teams is Saturday's opponent, the Wildcats.
After Morgan State graduated eight starters from last season¿s team that captured a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and lost five more in September due to a certification snafu, there were plenty of questions about how the team would fare in 2015.
Saturday's 26-6 victory at Delaware State helped the Bears improve to 2-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, but they are in a second-place tie with Norfolk State (2-3 overall, 2-0 in the conference) and need a win this weekend to tie Bethune-Cookman (5-1, 3-0) for first in the league.
For the third straight year and the fourth time in five seasons, the Bears open on the road, and are seeking their first victory away from home against an opponent not from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference since Sept. 26, 2009, when that squad edged Towson, 12-9.
Moses Skillon will open the upcoming Morgan State football campaign at Air Force on Sept. 5 as quarterback. Every rep Skillon took during camp was with the first offense, while redshirt senior Seth Higgins — Skillon's closest competitor — has worked with the first and second units.
The Morgan State football team's unanticipated rise to the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference hasn't earned the program much respect from its peers. A season after going from being picked to finish last to capturing a share of the MEAC championship for the first time since 1979 and representing the league in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the Bears were predicted to finish fifth in the MEAC this season.
The Morgan State football team found itself in a hole after the first quarter in five games this season, and lost four. That trend held true Saturday as the Bears fell into a 22-0 deficit after the first 15 minutes and couldn't recover in a 46-24 loss to No. 18 Richmond.
There's no disputing that Moses Skillon has cemented his status as the Bears' starter. Barring injury or another issue, Skillon will line up under center when Morgan State (7-5) clashes with Richmond (8-4) in a Football Championship Subdivision first-round playoff game Saturday at 1 p.m.
There's a sense of dread hovering over Morgan State football coach Lee Hull, but it has little to do with Richmond, his team's opponent in its first Football Championship Subdivision playoff game in school history.
Of the myriad of factors that could determine the final score of Saturday's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game between Morgan State and North Carolina A&T, the team that holds onto the football could be the most important development.