The Morgan State Bears fell to the middle of the pack in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) standings after losing to North Carolina Central, 20-17, on Oct. 24 in Durham, N.C. The loss dropped Morgan State to a 3-4 overall record, 3-2 against the MEAC, currently fifth best in standings. NCCU climbs to third place in the MEAC with a 3-1 conference record, 4-3 overall.

The Bears fell behind, 14-0, in the second quarter after two touchdowns by NCCU running back Dorrel McClain. Morgan State then made a comeback, tying the score at 14-14 with back-to-back touchdowns scored by senior quarterback Seth Higgins. The score was later tied at 17-17 in the fourth quarter before NCCU kicked the game-deciding field goal, going up 20-17 with six minutes left.

McClain led all rushers in the game with 20 carries for 113 yards.

Higgins, in his first start of the season after replacing junior Moses Skillon, completed 17 of 26 pass attempts for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran in a touchdown.

Next – Morgan State will take a bye week before facing Bethune-Cookman (6-2 overall, 4-1 MEAC) on Nov. 7 in Daytona Beach, Fla.