Sophomore quarterback DeAndre Harris led Morgan State University with three touchdowns but the Bears still fell just short in a 34-31 loss to the Florida A&M University Rattlers on Oct. 28 in Baltimore.
The loss dropped Morgan State’s overall record to 1-7, and 1-4 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), tied with the Savannah State University Tigers for second from last in the MEAC standings.
Bears junior transfer quarterback Eli Staley scored the team’s first points with a 41-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. But Harris took over at quarterback after Morgan State fell behind, 21-7, and tossed two touchdown passes to senior receiver Amonta Poteat to quickly tie the score at 21-21 by halftime.
Both teams exchanged field goals in the third quarter to keep the score tied, 27-27, going into the fourth quarter. But Morgan State took its first lead of the game, 31-27, after Harris ran in a touchdown with seven minutes left in the game.
Florida A&M, however, answered with a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Stanley to retake the lead and hold onto the 34-31 victory.
Stanley completed 17 of 23 pass attempts for 286 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
Harris led Morgan State with 149 passing yards and Poteat had a team-high seven catches for 99 yards and two touchdown receptions.
Next: Morgan State will face Bethune-Cookman (3-4 overall, 2-2 MEAC) on Nov. 4 in Daytona Beach, Fla.