Senior quarterback Moses Skillon tossed two touchdowns passes and sophomore receiver Orlando Johnson scored a running touchdown to help lead Morgan State to a 21-13 victory over Howard University in the 18th annual Chicago Football Classic, hosted at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.

It was the first inner-conference action this year for the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champs after losing two non-conference games at the start of the season.

Morgan State took control of the game early on, scoring all 21 of its points within the first 20 minutes of regulation. Johnson scored the first touchdown for the Bears on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. Skillon then followed up with two touchdown passes, including a 64-yard bomb in the second quarter.

Howard scored a touchdown before halftime to cut the Bears’ lead to 21-7 at the break. But Morgan State’s defense held the Howard Bison to just two field goals in the second half, securing the 21-13 win.

Skillon completed 16 of his 29 pass attempts for 211 yards. Both of his touchdown passes were caught by senior receiver Andrew King, who finished with eight catches and 115 receiving yards. Junior running back Lamont Brown III led the Bears with 75 rushing yards on 11 carries. Skillon also ran for 64 yards and Johnson added 61 rushing yards.

Howard freshman running back Donnell Pleasant led all rushers in the game with 90 yards on 12 carries.

Next – Morgan State (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) will next face Delaware State (0-3, 0-0 MEAC) on Oct. 3 in Delaware, while Howard (0-4, 0-2 MEAC) will host Norfolk State (1-3, 1-0 MEAC) in Washington, D.C. the same date.