Freshman kicker Chris Moller nailed a 27-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Morgan State a 24-23 come-from-behind victory over North Carolina A&T on Nov. 9 at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Morgan State trailed, 23-14 with only eight minutes left in the game. But they cut the lead to 23-21 after capping off a 12-play, 73-yard scoring drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Seth Higgins to freshman receiver Antonio Jefferson.
Morgan State then came up with a crucial stop on defense, forcing N.C. A&T to punt after a three-and-out offensive series. Higgins was then able to march Morgan State’s offense on an 18-play, 44-yard drive that set up the game-winning field goal by Moller.
“It’s indescribable, in all honesty,” said Moller about the game-winning kick. “I just had to thank the offense for getting us down the field, setting me up for the field goal. We had a great blocking scheme, snap, hold and everything was good, so I had to come through for the team and get this win.”
Higgins replaced senior quarterback Robert Council late in the game, although Council did lead the team with 78 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Higgins, a better passer than Council, completed 4-of-7 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.
“It was another hard fought conference win,” said Morgan State head coach Donald Hill-Eley. “We beat a team that was very physical and a team that was only giving up 70 yards rushing. It came down to the end, and we were able to keep our composure, get the field goal and get the victory.”
Morgan State now has a 4-6 overall record but is 4-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) this season. They’ll next face South Carolina State (7-3, 5-1 MEAC) on Nov. 14.