Morgan State suffered a major blowout loss to cross-town foe Towson University, falling in their football season opener to the Tigers, 42-3, on Sept. 3 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.

The Bears struggled to produce anything on both the offense and defense. They scored only a field goal offensively and their defensive unit gave up 534 total yards to the Tigers.

Bears junior quarterback Donovan Dickerson started the game, but completed just 6-of-10 passes for 40 yards and an interception before being benched. Red-shirt freshman quarterback Robert Council took over and, while he completed a few big passes, couldn’t get Morgan near the end zone, either. Morgan’s lone score came on a 33-yard field goal converted on the opening drive; they wouldn’t come close to sniffing another point the entire game.

Towson, on the other hand, had its way on offense, producing more than 500 yards for the first time since 2006.

Tigers’ starting quarterback Grant Enders played solidly; he completed 15-of-19 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Enders pushed the score so far out of reach that he sat out the fourth quarter to avoid injury. Backup quarterback Peter Athens came in and threw another touchdown for Towson, capping the score at 42-3.

Fun Facts: This marked the ninth time Morgan State has taken on Towson in the season opener; Towson leads the season-opening series, 5-4. The two schools have faced off 22 times, with Towson leading the series, 17-6. Morgan has visited Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium 14 times, losing 12 of those visits.

Next Up: Morgan State will travel to Ohio to face Bowling Green State University Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Towson will face Villanova at home on the same date.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor