BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Bethune-Cookman University beat Morgan State University 41-28 in a shootout at Municipal Stadium on Nov. 4
Instead of a stingy defense and potent rushing attack, the Wildcats went to the air (383 pass yards) to beat the Bears.
It was Senior Day and B-CU finished 4-0 at home for 2017.
“It’s good to get a win because they are so hard to come by. We stuck to our game plan and it was great for our seniors playing their last game here,” noted B-CU Coach Terry Sims.
Honors for Brihm
Larry Brihm tied a career high with 354 passing yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes for B-CU.
“It’s great to tie a record. I am humbled. I am just thankful to my coaches and teammates for believing in me and giving me a chance,” said Brihm.
Brihm also was named MEAC’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
In the game against Morgan State, the Bears (1-5, 1-8) led 14-13 with 4:07 left in the second quarter after Eric Harrell’s 10-yard score.
Bethune-Cookman (5-4, 4-2) took a 20-14 lead with 15 second left in the first half when Brihm hit Frank Brown from eight yards out.
Brown’s touchdown catch moved him into second place all time in school history with 21for a career, tying Eric Weems and Jack “Cy’’ McClairen. Brown caught five passes for 85 yards in the game.
“I am happy about it and humbled. I picked a great day to accomplish this,” noted Brown.
Credit for Bears
The Wildcats pushed their lead out to 34-14 when Brihm tossed a shovel pass to Que’Shaun Byrd who went 24 yards to the end zone with 6:35 to go in the third quarter.
Despite leading by 20 points twice, B-CU never put Morgan State away.
B-CU won despite giving up 504 total yards, including 351 rushing to the Bears.
Sims added, “We didn’t cover a lot of our gap assignments, but give MSU credit. They made some plays.”
Jawill Davis (5 rec., 116 yards), Ja-Quan Lumas (2 rec., 53 yards) and Kaveon Mitchell (4 rec. 57) also caught touchdown passes while Jamaruz Thompkins added a rushing score for B-CU.
Harrell had a career-high 218 rushing yards with two scores for MSU.
DeAndre Harris threw for 122 yards with two touchdowns for the Bears.
Defensively, Joseph Johnson (10 tackles, 1 sack), Veion Robinson (9 tackles), Devin James (9 tackles), Diquan Richardson (9 tackles), Todney Evans (9 tackles, .5 sacks), Marques Ford (8 tackles, 1 sack) and Sam Marc (1 interception) led B-CU.
North Carolina next
The Wildcats travel to Durham, North Carolina on Nov. 11 to face one of the better teams in the MEAC in the North Carolina Central Eagles.
The game has huge implications on the MEAC title and Celebration Bowl.
Once again, B-CU is going to have to avoid mistakes, put points on the board and lower their penalties to win.