The Morgan State Bears fell to 0-5, its worst football record in recent history, after losing, 27-21 to fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) member Norfolk State (1-4 record) on Sept. 28 at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
The Bears were hoping their first home game of the season would help motivate them to capture their first win of the season. Instead, it was sloppy play and costly turnovers that plagued Morgan State in front of its home crowd.
Morgan State turned the ball over from the very start of the game as freshman running back Herb Walker Jr. fumbled on the very first offensive possession of the game. The Bears then had a 23-yard field goal attempt blocked on their second offensive possession of the game, and junior quarterback Seth Higgins was later picked off twice in the fourth quarter, including an interception on the final play of the game that ended Morgan State’s chance at a late comeback.
“You can't turn the ball over and beat good or bad teams," said Morgan State head coach Donald Hill-Eley. "You’ve got to possess the football and continue to just find plays to get points to make some morale and excitement on that side of the ball."
In between all of the turnovers, Morgan State also committed several untimely penalties that helped Norfolk State build a comfortable lead that the Bears simply couldn’t overcome.
"We're doing things to hurt ourselves," Bears junior linebacker Cody Acker said. "It's not what the other teams are doing to us. We're out there getting personal fouls and things of that nature, letting it dictate how we're playing on the field and it shouldn't happen like that."
Higgins scored all three of Morgan State’s touchdowns, two touchdowns scored by running; he finished with 63 yards rushing and 83 yards passing.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Clark led Norfolk State, completing 18-of-28 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Spartans sophomore running back Brendon Riddick ran for a game-high 70 yards on 17 carries.
Next-up: Morgan State will host Florida A&M during the Morgan homecoming weekend on Oct. 5 at Hughes Stadium.