Junior quarterback Moses Skillon scored three touchdowns, giving the Morgan State Bears an initial chance of upsetting the 25th nationally ranked Villanova Wildcats. The Wildcats, however, pulled away with a huge third quarter to beat Morgan State, 48-28, on Oct. 25 at Villanova Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa.
Skillon scored two first-half touchdowns, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Thomas Martin in the first quarter that fired the Bears up and had them in a early shootout with the high-powered Wildcats. Sophomore running back Ricky Fisk dived in for a short touchdown run at the end of the second quarter that tied the game at 21 at halftime. But while Morgan State ran out of gas in the third quarter, Villanova kept scoring, putting up 27 third quarter points to take a 48-21 lead into the fourth quarter. Skillon scored a meaningless touchdown run in the fourth quarter to set the final score at 48-21.
Junior quarterback John Robertson led Villanova with three touchdown passes on 13-of-18 passes completed; he also burned the Bears up on the ground, running for 99 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Villanova senior running back Kevin Monangai also gave Morgan a fit, running for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
Skillon completed 23-of-38 pass attempts for 204 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions; he ran 14 times for 77 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Morgan State (4-4 overall record, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)) will next face MEAC opponent Hampton (2-6 overall, 1-3 MEAC) on Nov. 1 in Hampton, Va.