October 1, 2022 MEAC Football Recap

Courtesy of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Morgan State 44, Virginia Lynchburg 10
Sacred Heart 31, Norfolk State 14
Yale 34, Howard 26
Campbell 48, North Carolina Central 18  Delaware State 14, Robert Morris 9

Morgan State 44, Virginia Lynchburg 10

BALTIMORE, Md. – Morgan State showed no signs of rust today.

The Bears returned to work after their bye week gave them a chance to rest and recover and wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard against Virginia University of Lynchburg.

Carson Baker threw three touchdown passes in the first half and senior Alfonzo Graham ran for 70 yards and a touchdown, as Morgan overwhelmed Virginia-Lynchburg 44-10 on Saturday before an announced crowd of 2,576 at Hughes Stadium. 

With the victory, Morgan State is 2-2 to begin a season for the first time since the 2016 squad also opened with a 2-2 record. The program also won back-to-back games for the first time since 2019.

The Bears were impressive in their final preparation for a stretch of three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) matchups in their next four games.

The Bears will open MEAC action when they host Norfolk State at Hughes Stadium on Oct. 8. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will mark Homecoming for Morgan State.

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Sacred Heart 31, Norfolk State 14

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Malik Grant ran for 132 yards and a touchdown and Marquez McCray passed for one score and ran for another as Sacred Heart handed Norfolk State its fifth straight loss to open the season, 31-14, on Saturday at Campus Field.

The Pioneers (3-2) outscored NSU (0-5) 17-0 over the final 30+ minutes to pull away for the win in the teams’ first-ever meeting.

Jordin Lennon scored on a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter and Ikeem Wright caught a 6-yard TD pass for his first collegiate touchdown in the second quarter to account for the Spartans’ points.

The Spartans play their second straight road game next Saturday when they open MEAC play at Morgan State. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Yale 34, Howard 26

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Howard University football team fell behind by three scores before putting on a furious rally that came down to one possession, but in the end, too many mistakes and missed opportunities proved to be its undoing as the Bison fell, 34-26, to Yale in the NAACP Harmony Classic before 9,200 in the Yale Bowl.

Howard (1-4) took the early lead on an Aaron Bickerton field goal and then saw the Bulldogs (2-1) reel off 21 unanswered points to take a 21-6 lead at the half.

Senior quarterback Quinton Williams completed 23-of-42 for 226 yards while freshman running back Eden James led his team in rushing with 50 yards on six carries. Third-year Bison Kasey Hawthorne caught seven passes for 112 yards. Senior linebacker Christian White led the defensive charge with four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

The Bison have another bye week before taking on Harvard, another Ivy League opponent, Saturday, October 15 in the second annual Truth & Service Classic at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. The game kicks off at 4 p.m.

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Campbell 48, North Carolina Central 18 

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – North Carolina Central University’s seven-game win streak, the longest in Division I-FCS, came to an end on Saturday, as the Eagles suffered their first setback since Oct. 30, 2021, in a 48-18 road loss at Campbell University.

NCCU (4-1) posted 390 yards of total offense, including 294 yards passing by junior quarterback Davius Richard, but Campbell (2-2) amassed 563 total yards with 315 yards on the ground.

Richard ran for a team-best 37 yards and a touchdown, while throwing for two touchdowns. On the receiving end of those scores was sophomore receiver Devin Smith, who finished with five catches for 67 yards. Quentin McCall recorded a game-high 98 receiving yards on four grabs, while Joaquin Davis collected four catches for 48 yards.

Up next, NCCU has an open week before beginning MEAC play versus Morgan State on Thursday, Oct. 13, televised live on ESPNU.

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Delaware State 14, Robert Morris 9

DOVER, Del. – Delaware State is celebrating a win in its final contest before starting Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play in two weeks.

The Hornets forced three turnovers, one resulting in a special teams touchdown, to highlight their 14-9 victory over Robert Morris of the Big South Conference at Alumni Stadium this evening.

Delaware State posted its first Division I victory of the season to improve to 3-2 overall, while the Colonials fell to 0-4.

The Hornet defense recorded two interceptions and held Robert Morris to 240 total yards. DSU’s special teams touchdown came on a muffed punt that the Hornets recovered in the endzone in the third quarter. In addition, punter Matt Noll averaged 43.6 yards on 11 kicks, including three of 50-or-more yards, and two that landed inside the Robert Morris 20-yard line.

Delaware State will take a week off before returning to action on Oct. 15 at Norfolk State in the Hornets’ 2022 MEAC opener.

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About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 52ndyear of intercollegiate competition with the 2022-23 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically Black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.

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