Sunday, September 4, 2016

Mistakes costly for Morgan State football in season-opening 51-24 loss to Holy Cross

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Running back Orlando Johnson hobbled from the Morgan State locker room wearing a gray T-shirt with "BELIEVE" — the Bears' mantra for 2016 — printed on the back.

Doesn't that word ring hollow after Morgan State's 51-24 football loss to Holy Cross at Hughes Stadium on Saturday?

"We believe," insisted Johnson, who rushed for two touchdowns in the Bears' opener. "We made some stupid errors. This was a learning experience, and the [loss] is already behind us."

The 51 points were the most Morgan State has allowed since its second game last season, when it fell to Illinois State, 67-14. It was a rude christening for Fred Farrier, 44, the Bears interim head coach who played at Holy Cross.

"It is what it is," Farrier said of the rout by his alma mater. "When we get the opportunity to do that, we'll do it, too."

Early on, Morgan State held its own and led 17-14 midway through the second quarter. But the Crusaders reeled off 30 straight points and kept the Bears at bay for more than 30 minutes. Quarterback Peter Pujals passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns as Holy Cross amassed 498 yards of total offense.

Attendance: 4,203



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