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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Morgan State Surges in Second Half to Defeat Bowie State Bulldogs 28-3

BALTIMORE, Md. – Morgan State University (1-2) totaled 318 yards of total offense in route to a 28-3 victory over Bowie State Universityon Saturday afternoon at Hughes Stadium.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by graduate student Kendall Jefferson (Temple Hills, Md.) and redshirt senior Keith Brown (Temple Hills, Md.) with 94 and 68 rushing yards respectively.  Graduate student Matthew Goggans (Pine Grove, Calif.) eclipsed the 100 passing yards for the second week in a row, completing 14-of-38 passes for 139 yards, one interception but was sacked four times.

As a team, Bowie State tallied 296 yards of total offense (147 in the first half). On the other side of the ball, Morgan State was slightly better with 318 total yards of offense.

In terms of defense, Bowie State was led by redshirt junior Nkonyeasua Uwandi (Berwyn Heights, Md.) with seven tackles followed by redshirt freshman Britton Savoy (Fort Washington, Md.) with six tackles.

Bowie State (0-2) scored first with 13:14 on the clock via a 37 yard field goal by senior Mario Diaz-Aviles (Washington, D.C.), capping of a 17-play, 69 yard drive and 3-0 lead. The run game worked well for the Bulldogs in first quarter as the Bulldogs rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries compared to 15 yards on five carries for Morgan State.

The score remained 3-0 at halftime with Bowie State controlling the clock and held a 19:42 to 10:18 time of possession advantage. The Bulldogs also held advantages in total first half yards (147 to 76). Of Bowie State’s 147 yards, it was pretty even as the Bulldogs accounted for 72 on the ground and 75 in the air.

Morgan State’s Robert Council (Camden, S.C.) gave the Bears their first points of the afternoon, rushing six yards for the score at the 11:01mark of the third quarter. Chris Miller added the extra point, giving the Bears a 7-3 lead.

Council scores second touchdown of the game with 5:33 left in the third quarter, this time from seven yards out. Miller’s extra point gives Morgan State a 14-3 advantage.

Morgan State’s Bears put the icing on the cake with 2:56 remaining in the game following a 28 yard touchdown run by Herb Walker, Jr. (Cleveland, Ohio). Walker wasn’t done as he scampered 33 yards to paydirt with 25 seconds remaining in the game to account for the final margin of 28-3.

Leading the way for Morgan State was Walker with a game-high 180 rushing yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Council ranked second for the Bears in rushing with 73 yards.

The leading tackler for the Bears was Paul Eatman, Jr. (Jersey City, N.J.) with a game-high 12. Eatman also had one interception and a pass breakup.

Bowie State will hit the road again next week to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule, traveling to Athens, W.Va. to take on the Cougars of Concord University at 12 pm. Concord mauled West Virginia State on Saturday afternoon by a score of 55-7.

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