|Saturday was a tough game for Cody Acker and the rest of the Morgan State defense as North Carolina Central pulled out a 24-20 victory in Baltimore.|
BALTIMORE, Md. – With his team trailing and less than a minute remaining in the contest, North Carolina Central University tight end Detwan Robinson caught a short pass then broke three tackles on his way to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown, as NCCU spoiled Morgan State University’s homecoming with a 24-20 victory inside Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
The home team held a 20-17 advantage when NCCU senior Geovonie Irvine returned a punt 20 yards to the Morgan State 47-yard line. NCCU quarterback Jordan Reid was sacked back to his own 47-yard line. Reid then completed four straight passes – two to Robinson and two to senior running back Arthur Goforth – to move to the MSU 26-yard line.
After Reid’s only incomplete pass of the drive, a throw-away to avoid a sack on third down, NCCU faced fourth down with two yards to go. NCCU head coach Henry Frazier, coaching in his home state for the first time since he was coaching his alma mater Bowie State in 2003, decided to go for the first down and the win.
Robinson caught a short pass with enough yards for the first down, then powered his way through three tackles, spun away from a bunch of defenders and raced into the blue-and-orange end zone for the game-winner with 25 seconds left on the clock.
Robinson, who recorded his first catch of the season last week against South Carolina State (a 9-yard TD), finished the day with four receptions for 48 yards.
Reid, who completed 17-of-20 passes for 133 yards in the second half, threw for 261 yards on 29-of-38 passing with a touchdown and an interception.
Goforth amassed 189 all-purpose yards with a team-high 74 rushing yards, including a 10-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter, 45 receiving yards on a team-best eight catches, and 70 kickoff return yards on three attempts.
NCCU’s defensive effort was topped by junior linebacker Tazmon Foster with 11 tackles, while sophomore linebacker Ty Brown recorded nine takedowns (eight solo), including 3.0 hits for a loss with a pair of sacks, along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
NCCU compiled 334 yards of total offense, while Morgan State collected 258 total yards, including 167 yards on the ground.
MSU running back Travis Davidson ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, while leading the Bears with three catches for 60 yards.