Robinson's 3 TDs, Merritt's late pick, lift Bethune-Cookman
BALTIMORE (AP) Jimmie Robinson rushed for 208 yards and three lightning-bolt touchdowns, and Trevor Merritt picked off a pass with less than a minute remaining as Bethune-Cookman edged Morgan State 30-28 on Saturday night.
With starting quarterback Akevious Williams lost to injury two weeks ago, Bethune-Cookman (5-5, 3-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic) ramped up its ground game, rushing for 314 yards while throwing just 12 passes for 26 yards.
Robinson burst 61 yards late in the first quarter, scoring on a one-play drive for a 9-0 Wildcats' lead. After a Morgan State punt to start the second quarter, Robinson scored again - this time from 60 yards out - on the very next play. In the third quarter, Robinson galloped 65 yards to score, capping a three-play drive. Robinson's first three TDs of the season covered 13, 14 and 49 seconds.
DJ Golatt Jr. brought Morgan State (2-7, 1-4) within 23-21 after a 15-yard pass to Xavier Gravette early in the fourth quarter. Bethune-Cookman's Tupac Isme scored five minutes later, but the breathing room disappeared quickly when Golatt hit Daylen Baldwin with a 21-yard TD pass.
Merritt saved the win for the Wildcats, intercepting Golatt with 45 seconds remaining. Golatt passed for 257 yards and three TDs, both career highs.
Updated November 3, 2018