ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- A dominating defensive effort by South Carolina State, coupled with four touchdowns from reserve quarterback Adrian Kollack, led the Bulldogs to a 38-3 rout of Morgan State on Thursday at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
South Carolina State amassed 442 total yards while moving a half-game ahead of Bethune-Cookman for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with one game remaining. If the Wildcats lose to Hampton on Saturday, the Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1 MEAC) could clinch the title outright with a win Nov. 23 at Norfolk State.
The Bears (4-7, 4-3) saw their two-game winning streak end. Morgan State was held to 134 total yards while dropping its ninth consecutive game in the series.
Kollack jumpstarted the Bulldogs to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Substituting for starting quarterback Richard Cue on the team's first three series inside Bears territory, he produced touchdown runs of 3 and 2 yards and a 37-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Dennis Rowe.
The Bears' offense was equally dominated early by South Carolina State. Morgan State was held to 79 rushing yards by the Football Championship Subdivision leader in rushing defense. Bears quarterbacks Robert Council and Seth Higgins combined to complete just five of 22 passes for 49 yards and an interception, and they were sacked five times.
After trailing 24-0 at halftime, Morgan State posted its lone score in the third quarter, a 41-yard field goal by Chris Moller.
South Carolina State answered Morgan State's score with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cue to wide receiver Tyler McDonald (five catches, 112 yards). Kollack added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Kollack completed four of five passes for 56 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran 10 times for 45 yards and three scores.
Cue went 16-for-24 for 205 yards and a touchdown.
A dominating defensive effort by South Carolina State put Morgan State in a 21-0 hole at halftime.
The Morgan State offense was shut down in the first half. The Bears were held to 42 total yards -- 21 in each quarter.
The lone score in the second quarter came with 18 seconds left on a 43-yard field goal by South Carolina State's Nick Belcher. On the previous series, he missed a 42-yard attempt.
NOTES: Morgan State dropped to 5-30-1 all-time against South Carolina State. Their last win in the series was Nov. 16, 2002. ... South Carolina State is 87-8 when leading at halftime under coach Buddy Pough. ... South Carolina State entered the game leading all Football Championship Subdivision teams in sacks (50). The Bulldogs finished with five sacks Thursday. ... Morgan State closes out the regular season Nov. 23 at Delaware State.