Junior quarterback Seth Higgins had one of his best performances, scoring two touchdowns as the Morgan State Bears beat the Delaware State Hornets, 31-26, in the season finale on Nov. 23 at Alumni Stadium in Dover, Del.

The win avenged Morgan State’s 28-23 loss to Del. State last season, and was also the Bears fifth win in the last seven games played.

Morgan State led the game 10-6 after a field goal and an early first quarter touchdown scored by freshman running back Lamont Brown III. But the Hornets swarmed back in the second half, scoring three touchdowns to take a 26-25 lead late in the fourth quarter.

That’s when Higgins delivered a game-wining drive, marching the Bears 57 yards down the field before scoring a four-yard touchdown run to push Morgan State ahead, 31-26 with only 46 seconds left.

Bears head coach Don Hill-Eley said he was proud of how clutch his team was during the game-winning drive.

“The kids were unwavering. They had poise and went in it and played like they’ve been there before,” Hill said. “It was good just to see them go down and make their plays and execute the way they did to come away with the victory.”

The Bears finished with more than 360 yards of offense; Brown ran for a career-high 132 rushing yards with two touchdowns, while Higgins ran for 117 yards and a touchdown, Higgins also completed 7-of-12 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Bears senior cornerback Joe Rankin also had an excellent performance in what will be his final game played for Morgan State. Rankin blocked a field goal in the second quarter and also recorded an interception. It was Rankin’s 13th interception of his career, just two interceptions away from tying the school record set by 1979 graduate Joe Fowlkes with 15.

Morgan State finished its season with a 5-7 overall record, but 5-3 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor