Curtis Williams's 45-yard kickoff return and cornerback RaShean Mathis's interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter helped Bethune-Cookman to a 28-25 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win yesterday over Morgan State in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Williams's score gave Bethune-Cookman a nine-point edge, 28-19, negating a late Morgan State touchdown pass from Bears quarterback Willie McGirt to wide receiver Armand Walters.
But Mathis's end-zone interception of McGirt's pass just four plays after Williams's touchdown jaunt also loomed big in the outcome.
The victory improved Bethune-Cookman's record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in MEAC play. Morgan State fell to 0-1 in the league and 0-2 for the season.
ELON 51, DELAWARE ST. 28: In Dover, Del., halfback Steven Ferguson rushed for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns to lead Elon (2-0). Elon gained 504 yards on the ground, three shy of the school record.
The score was tied at 7 when halfback DeWayne Thomas scored on a 79-yard run to give Elon a 14-7 lead with 7:29 left in the first quarter. Two minutes later, Antwon Stevenson recovered a bad punt snap in the end zone to score. With seven seconds left in the quarter, Derrick Moore scored on a three-yard run to give Elon a 27-7 lead.
S.C. STATE 26, BENEDICT 23: Derek O'Neal used a 72-yard run to score his second touchdown as the Bulldogs hung on at home.
O'Neal carried 28 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter. His first score came on a six-yard run, putting the Bulldogs (2-0) up 20-16 with 8:21 left. His long scoring run came on the next possession, putting South Carolina State up 26-16 after a two-point conversion failed.
Benedict (1-2) closed to 26-23 on a 65-yard scoring pass from Royton Williams to Chris Rampersant, but was unable to get any closer.
N.C. A&T 20, WINSTON-SALEM ST. 7: Adrian Parks ran 12 yards for a touchdown to give the visiting Aggies lead for good.
Parks's touchdown capped an eight-play, 63-yard drive with 7:07 to go in the third quarter to put N.C. A&T (2-0) up, 13-7.
FLORIDA A&M 56, NORFOLK ST. 7: Quinn Gray threw four touchdown passes as the Rattlers, at home, rebounded from a one-sided loss last week at Miami. Gray completed 24 of 39 passes for 381 yards, throwing two touchdown passes to Cainon Lamb and two to Robert Walton.