Baltimore, Md. (Oct. 12, 2019)--- Morgan State captured its first win of the season, topping Delaware State 34-3 in a MEAC contest at Hughes Stadium today.
The Bears improved to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the MEAC, while the Hornets dropped their fourth straight to fall to 1-5 and 0-4. The loss also extended DSU’s road losing streak to 31 games since the 2014 season.
Josh Chase rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback DeAndre Harris completed 11 of 19 passes for 161 yards and two scores to lead the Bears. MSU wide receiver had six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Delaware State’s Richard Harris led all players with a career-high 151 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Morgan State outgained the Hornets 375-296.
The Bears scored on the opening possession of the game when Chase capped off a five-play, 58 yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick by Nicholas O’Shea gave Morgan State a 7-0 lead just two-minutes-33 seconds into the contest.
Keyed by a career-best 41-yard run by Harris, Delaware State advanced to the Morgan State 19 on its second possession, but the drive ended when a 35-yard field goal attempt by Jose Romo-Martinez was blocked with 1:20 left in the opening quarter.
Chase scored his second touchdown of the game with 10:29 left in the second quarter to give the Bears a 14-0 lead.
The Hornets advanced to the Morgan State five-yard-line midway through the second quarter, but the drive ended on a fourth down incomplete pass from Tylik Bethea to Kwannah Kollie in the endzone with 3:07 to go before halftime.
Morgan State added its third touchdown with 55 seconds left in the second quarter on a 26 yard pass from Harris to Manasseh Bailey.
Delaware State scored its only points of the game on 37-yard field by Romo-Martinez on the opening possession of the second half to cut the Bears’ lead to 21-3. Harris rushed for 26 of the Hornets’ 45 yards during the drive.
The Bears outscored DSU 13-0 the rest of the way. Harris threw his second touchdown pass of the game and O’Shea kicked two field goals to account for the Morgan State points during the span.
Bethea, starting his fifth straight game, completed 13-of-31 passes for 151 and one interception.
Delaware State linebacker Brooks Parker (so.) led all players with 12 tackles (seven solo), including a sack.
Pontraille Gray, filling in for injured linebacker Brian Cavicante, was second on the Hornets with nine tackles, including seven solo stops.
The Hornets return home to first-time opponent Merrimack next Saturday (Oct. 19). The Family and Youth Day contest is set for 2:00 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.