Playing their first read road game of the season, the Savannah State football team traveled to Morehouse on September 27 and escaped with a 17-10 victory in a game played before a crowd of 5,238 fans at BT Harvey Stadium.
It was the third straight win for the Tigers as they improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SIAC.
The last time a SSU won three straight games took place in 1998 when the Tigers defeated Clark Atlanta, Lane and Morehouse in consecutive weeks under head coach Daryl McNeil.
The 3-1 start also matches the ‘98 team which started the season winning four of their first five games.
Morehouse jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening quarter. The Maroon Tigers scored a touchdown on their opening drive and then added a field goal on their next possession for the double digit lead.
SSU scored on their second possession of the first quarter, marching 74 yards in five plays as freshman running back Quentavious Wilson scampered for a 55 yard touchdown run with 41 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, SSU went ahead 14- 10 as AJ Beach intercepted a Morehouse pass and ran it back 25 yards for a touchdown. It was the second week in a row that a SSU player has returned a interception for a touchdown.
Late in the first half, Savannah State’s offense stalled and could only get as far as the Morehouse ten which led to a 22 yard field goal by Giovanni Lugo with no time left to put SSU ahead 17-10.
There would be no more scoring the rest of the afternoon.
In the second half, SSU only crossed onto the Morehouse side of the field three times and could only get as far as the 43 yard line. Morehouse reached the SSU 26 in the third quarter but turned the ball over on downs. In the fourth quarter, a Morehouse running back rushed for a five-yard touchdown that would have potentially tied the game up with just minutes left but a costly penalty on Morehouse cancelled the play and pushed them back to the SSU 15. Morehouse ended up turning the ball over on downs and SSU prevailed.
SSU’s option offense was held to under 200 yards but the Tigers defense limited Morehouse’s Santos Dunn, the SIAC Preseason Player of the Year, to just 49 rushing yards.
D’Vonn Gibbons threw for 26 yards for SSU while running for 23 more. Wilson ran for 66 yards and a touchdown while D’Angelo Durham added 51 yards on the ground. Tyriq Kabir (16 yards), Cameron White (10 yards) and Einaj Carter all had one reception apiece for SSU. John Wilson had nine tackles for the defense from his cornerback position.
The next two weeks will have Savannah State play Division I competition from the FCS, facing Charleston Southern on October 5 and Alcorn State on Oct. 12 before heading back to Atlanta to face Clark Atlanta on Oct. 19.
SSU defeated Charleston Southern last season 23-3, holding the Buccaneers to 123 yards of offense (33 rushing and 90 passing).