The Morgan State University Bears suffered a second straight loss to open their 2013 season, falling to non-conference opponent Robert Morris, 31-14, on Sept. 7 in Moon Township, Pa.
Robert Morris dominated Morgan State both on offense and defense, holding the Bears to just two late touchdowns while accumulating nearly 400 yards on offense.
Robert Morris led 21-0 going into the fourth quarter; when Morgan State finally scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, Robert Morris racked up another 10 points to hold on to the lopsided victory.
“We just [found] a way to make too many first half mistakes,” said Bears head coach Don Hill-Eley, whose squad was penalized 11 times for 81 yards. “We started off the game with an offsides…Robert Morris came in and wanted to play the team they saw on tape versus Army, and for whatever reason ‘that team’ didn't take the field.”
“They [Robert Morris] played with a lot of poise and they played very aggressive, while we just kind of sat back and played on our heels all afternoon,” Hill-Eley added.
Junior quarterback Paul Jones led Robert Morris, completing 13 of 26 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns.
Morgan State junior quarterback Robert Council started the game, but was replaced after completing just four of six passes for 22 yards, throwing an interception and also fumbling the ball while being sacked twice. His replacement, junior Seth Higgins, didn’t play any better, failing to complete any of his four passes and getting sacked twice.
Morgan State will face another non-conference opponent, Liberty University, on Sept. 14.