It doesn’t get any more exciting than the come-from-behind thriller Morgan State’s football team hosted during its homecoming celebration game on Oct. 23 at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore.

With 14,312 fans in attendance, Morgan quarterback Delonte Williams led MSU on an 8-play, 85-yard scoring drive capped off by a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Hendrix that pushed Morgan ahead, 27-24, over Delaware State with only 20 seconds left to play.

Morgan State made the final score 34-24 after Sheldon Jacques ran a fumble back for a defensive touchdown in the final seconds.

“They showed a lot of savvy,” MSU head coach Don Hill-Eley said. “Constantly moving the ball and then to be able to make that throw and catch at the end — it was just remarkable.”

Morgan overcame a poor second half, where they gave up a 21-14 halftime lead by allowing Delaware State to score 10 uncontested points before Morgan’s game-winning drive.

Williams had to overcome his own personal struggles as he threw three interceptions early in the game, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and was sacked three times. But the redshirt freshman kept his composure and made some big plays as well, completing 11-of-18 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

“We had confidence in ourselves on the last drive, and we pushed ourselves,” said Hendrix, who caught the game-winning touchdown from Williams. “It was up and down today, roller-coaster. It was hard to stay focused. But if you stay focused, we’ll win.”??Morgan’s defensive unit kept their focus too, forcing five turnovers in the first half, including three interceptions. MSU’s defense also recorded four sacks, while star linebacker Chris Eugene led the team with nine tackles.

Morgan State advanced to a 3-1 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (4-3 overall record) and is 8-1 in homecoming games under leadership of Hill-Eley.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor