Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2011 14:10
Chi Brown/Echo photo editor
red-shirt freshman runningback Idreis Augustus fights for yardage in Saturday’s contest vs. the Morgan State Bears.
Fumble! Fumble! Fumble! The Eagles (1-6, 0-3) fumbled the ball eight times, losing half of them in its 4 p.m. contest on Saturday Oct 15.
The game seemed over early. The Eagles were down 42-3 at halftime against the Morgan State Bears (4-3, 3-1). Many fans threw in the towel early and left O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium before the fourth quarter.
In the end, the conference game that many expected to be closer, quickly became a lopsided affair as the Eagles fell to the Bears 52-3.
"Everything you could think of happened," head coach Henry Frazier said postgame.
"We got beat in every phase of the game. We committed every conceivable penalty there is to commit in football. Morgan State whooped our tails from start to finish."
Holding on to the ball has the been the Achilles heel for the Eagles this season. Two fumbles led to last week's 49-38 loss to the (4-3) Bulldogs of S.C. State.
The Eagles have fumbled the ball 17 times this season, resulting in 11 turnovers, the second worst fumble total in the MEAC behind the Howard University Bisons.
"Embarrassed. It was a lack of focus and will to win as a team," said junior returnman and running back Arthur Goforth.
"We have to bring more focus when we're playing."
Frazier seems adamant about finding different players in practice and getting them into the lineup. In the postgame interview he said he wouldn't hesitate to take the red-shirts status off of some freshmen if the veterans continued to fumble the ball.
"Its just focus," said Frazier. "Again we're going to have just find some players that are going to play and be focused for 60 minutes."
"We'll identify some guys and we'll put them in the lineup. I'm not going to keep going down with the same guys week in and week out."
The Eagles dedicated their game against Morgan State to breast cancer awareness by wearing pink wristbands and hats to show their support. They titled it, "The Pink Game."