Junior quarterback Seth Higgins scored a pair of touchdowns to help the Morgan State University Bears beat Florida A&M, 34-21, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Oct. 5 in Baltimore, Md.
The win snapped an 11-game losing slump dating back to last season and came as Morgan State celebrated its homecoming.
“It's been a long time," said Morgan State head coach Donald Hill-Eley, who improved his record in homecoming games to 10-2. “I just feel excited for these young men. They've been working hard and it's been a long time and we needed to have some success to continue to move forward.”
Morgan took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter after a 24-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Lamont Brown III. The Bears never relinquished the lead.
Higgins finished with more than 240 yards of total offense, including 102 yards rushing and 144 yards passing. He also scored the first points of the game on a 2-yard touchdown run early in the opening quarter. Most importantly, Higgins did not throw an interception in the game.
“That's what it's all about,” Higgins said of his turnover-free performance. “If you play football, you know that you can't turn the ball over if you want to win. Usually the team that takes care of the ball, doesn't fumble or throw interceptions, and does their job, usually wins. That's ball security. That's Football 101.”
The Bears’ defense also played well, forcing three interceptions on FAMU quarterback Damien Fleming.
Morgan State (1-5, 1-1 MEAC) will play another MEAC game against North Carolina Central (3-2, 1-0 MEAC) in Durham, N.C. on Oct. 19.