Morgan State junior quarterback Robert Council scored two touchdowns, including a game-winning touchdown pass, to lead the Bears to a 30-27 victory over the Hampton Pirates on Nov. 2 at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore.

Hampton led 27-23 with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter when Council led the Bears on a game-winning drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Nate Ingram, pushing Morgan ahead with only 26 seconds left.

“Every day in practice, we do the two minute drill,” Council said. “That was the same thing. It really wasn’t any pressure, (Nate) was open and caught the ball.”

Council was sharp the entire game, recording one of the most impressive performances of his career; he completed 20 of 27 passes for 287 yards, a touchdown and did not throw an interception. Council also rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown.

“Anytime you have an opportunity to drive down the field—it’s only fitting for Robert,” said Morgan State head coach Donald Hill-Eley. “He had such a rough week last week. This week, you lead your team to victory. That’s something that he’ll be able to take with him for the rest of his life.”

Freshman running back Lamont Brown III also performed well for Morgan, rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries.

Hampton scored three touchdowns, all on the ground. Junior running back Jorrian Washington led the Pirates with 137 rushing yards on 15 carries, including an 88-yard touchdown run. The loss, however, ended Hampton’s three-game winning streak.

Morgan State improved their record to 3-6 overall and 3-2 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Bears will take on the North Carolina A&T Aggies on Nov. 9 at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, Md.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor