Nathan Kent, Robert Javier lead Towson to victory over Morgan State

Published 9/16/2023 10:14 p.m. EDT, Updated 9/16/2023 10:16 p.m. EDT

Nathan Kent passed for one touchdown and ran for another, the Towson defense intercepted three passes, and the Tigers beat Morgan State 20-10 on Saturday night for coach Pete Shinnick’s first win.

Towson scored 20 unanswered points before Morgan State got on the board after a 29-yard field goal with 5:11 left in the fourth quarter. Then the Bears blocked a field-goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown with 3:09 left.

Towson has won the last six games against Morgan State and leads the series 22-6, winning 29-21 at home last season. The Baltimore rivals are separated by five miles, the closest pair of teams in the FCS.

Da’Kendall James caught six passes for 53 yards and a touchdown for Towson (1-2), which plays another Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team in Norfolk State next Saturday. Robert Javier led the defense with two interceptions and Dorian Davis grabbed the other.

Duce Taylor was 9-for-24 for 96 yards with three interceptions for Morgan State (1-2), which was playing in its home opener.

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