- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 20, 2002

One week after their upset victory at Florida A&M;, the Howard Bison came home to a rude awakening yesterday.
Morgan State running back T.J. Stallings rushed for 212 yards and scored a school-record five touchdowns on runs of 6, 4, 3, 4 and 20 yards as the Bears spoiled Howard's homecoming with a 38-20 victory in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game before 13,500 at Greene Stadium.
"Basically, we just wanted to control the game," said Stallings, whose 20-yard touchdown run with 1:42 left sealed it for the visitors. "The defense picked it up, and I ran where I needed to run for yardage."
The Bison (3-3, 1-2 MEAC) picked up one of the most notable victories in school history last weekend with the come-from-behind win at Florida A&M.; This time turnovers and costly mistakes deep in Morgan State territory proved too much to overcome.
"We lost a game we should have won today," Howard coach Ray Petty said. "A lot of our mistakes gave them good field position, and the momentum shifted in their favor."
Trailing 24-12 with 11:29 left in the third quarter, Howard marched 64 yards before Jay Colbert's 9-yard run followed by Donald Clark's two-point conversion pass to Kevin Simmonds cut the deficit to 24-20.
After holding the Bison to a four-play drive with 4:05 left in the third, Morgan State put the ball in Stallings' hands, and he responded. On the first play from scrimmage, he ran around left end for 11 yards. After quarterback LeJo Washington found wide receiver Kelvin Dickens for a 19-yard pickup, Stallings ran up the middle for a 4-yard score. Jon Voroshilin's extra point put the visitors in control at 31-20 with 1:53 left.
The Bison had two chances to mount another fourth-quarter comeback, but both attempts stalled because of poor offensive execution. After Vontrae Long intercepted Washington's pass along the right sideline, Clark led the Bison on an eight-play drive to the Morgan State 17. But on fourth-and-2, Keon Coleman couldn't hang on to a pass with 7:10 left.
Later, Clark fumbled a handoff from center Marques Odgen, and Morgan State recovered to put an end to the Bison's seven-game winning streak against the Bears.
"We came in with a game plan that we thought we could be able to execute" Petty said. "We were able to throw the ball and beat their deep coverage, but we just misfired on a few attempts."
The Bears (3-4, 1-2 ) stuck with a successful running game for most of the second half, picking up 307 of their 397 total yards.
"We played well when we had to," Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley said. "We eliminated some mistakes we made offensively in the first half."
At the start, however, Howard had the momentum. On the first play from scrimmage, Clark teamed with Jonathan Brewer who caught the game-winning TD against Florida A&M; on a 79-yard score. For the game, Brewer picked up 151 yards on six catches
Howard kicker Vaughn Waters, who has struggled in recent weeks, injured his left knee and will be evaluated this week. He could miss Saturday's contest against North Carolina A&T.;

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