NORFOLK, Va. -- Norfolk State's defense forced a season-high five turnovers, four in a 20-point first quarter, and the Spartans notched their second shutout of the season in a 30-0 victory over Morgan State on Saturday.
Nico Flores passed for 216 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans (4-7, 2-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who closed the season on a two-game winning streak. The Bears (3-7, 2-5), who were held to 221 yards of offense, lost their fifth straight.
Norfolk State's defense set the tone on the first drive. The Bears received the opening kickoff, but on the second play Spartans defensive lineman Cameron Jude sacked quarterback Robert Council and forced a fumble. Linebacker Jamal Giddens pounced on it at the Bears' 4-yard line. Two plays later, freshman Brendon Riddick scored on a 2-yard run.
Council also threw three interceptions, one of which Deon King returned 15 yards for a touchdown.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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