Junior quarterback Seth Higgins tossed two touchdowns but also forced two interceptions as the Morgan State University Bears were crushed by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 58-17, on Sept. 21 at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

It was the second straight blowout loss for the Bears as Morgan State fell to 0-4 this season, the first time Morgan has started the season 0-4 since 2001.

Morgan State couldn’t keep up with Western Kentucky’s high-powered offense led by senior running back Antonio Andrews, who scored five touchdowns, including a 65-yard touchdown run to put the Hilltoppers on the scoreboard. Andrews finished with 213 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Bears head coach Don Hill-Eley said after the game he knew Western Kentucky would be a difficult challenge to face.

“The first two games when they came out, dominated Kentucky and played Tennessee,” said MSU coach Hill-Eley said. “Their running game was just too strong for us. We weren’t able to slow down the running game which in turn made us commit more guys to the run and opened up the seams.”

Morgan State’s highlight of the game came in the first quarter when Higgins connected with senior tight end Nate Ingram on a 35-yard touchdown pass. But Western Kentucky responded with 21 unanswered points, and led 42-7 at halftime. Higgins tossed another touchdown pass in the third quarter and also led his team on a drive that resulted in a field goal, but couldn’t put a dent in Western Kentucky’s dominating lead.

Next-up: Morgan State will face its first inner-conference action on Sept. 28 when they take on Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Norfolk State in MSU’s season home-opener at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, Md.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor