Against Delaware State on Oct. 29, the Morgan State Bears looked as if they had perhaps the best defensive unit in HBCU football. But against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, the Bears looked as if they had one of the worst, giving up nearly 500 yards of offense in a 49-23 loss on Nov. 5 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Bethune-Cookman celebrated their homecoming by snapping Morgan State’s three-game winning streak with stellar offensive play. Bethune Cookman quarterback Jackie Wilson put up modest numbers in the passing game, completing 10-of-15 passes for 186 yards. But he was a nightmare on the ground against the Bears, rushing for three touchdowns. Wildcats running back Isidore Jackson also rushed for a touchdown, along with 93 yards; Bethune-Cookman would finish the game with seven rushing touchdowns.
Morgan State junior running back Travis Davidson rushed for a game-high 133 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown, in the loss. MSU freshman quarterback Seth Higgins completed 15 of 26 passes for 178 yards, including two touchdowns, but also had two passes intercepted.
Morgan State fell from its tie for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with a 5-4 overall record, 4-2 against the MEAC. Bethune-Cookman moved up to second place with a 6-3 overall record (4-2 MEAC). The Bears will face top-ranked Norfolk State (8-2 overall, 6-3 MEAC) on Nov. 12 at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, Md.