Courtesy: Howard Athletics
WASHINGTON (October 21, 2017) – After last week’s big road win at Delaware State, Coach Mike London and the Howard University Football team had another impressive performance with a 39-14 win over the Morgan State (MSU) Bears on HU Homecoming.
The victory put Howard over .500 overall (4-3) for the first time since their historic win at UNLV. Furthermore, the Bison captured consecutive victories for the first time this season.
HU (3-1 MEAC) racked up 387 total offense, including 157 yards on the ground. Freshman quarterback Caylin Newton spearheaded the Bison attack with his arm and legs. The Atlanta native had a career-high four total touchdowns, two passing and two rushing, in the victory.
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— Howard University (@HowardU) October 21, 2017
Sophomore wide receiver Kyle Anthony produced another 100-yard performance, catching three balls for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Newton, reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive & Rookie of the Week, put the Bison ahead after one, thanks to a 19-yard run down the left sideline for a 7-0 score.
Morgan State responded with a seven-play, 78-yard drive, capped off by a 15-yard run from Eric Harrell, to make it 7-7.
Next possession, HU reclaimed the lead after a 58-yard touchdown pass from Newton to deep-threat sophomore Jequez Ezzard, 14-7.
Senior kicker Dakota Lebofsky nailed a 26-yard field goal and gave the Bison a double-digit halftime advantage, 17-7.
In HU’s first possession after intermission, Newton connected with Anthony for a quick slant, which turned into a 75-yard touchdown pass, 24-7.
Late into the third, Howard recovered a muffed punt from MSU and capitalized with a 1-yard TD from Newton, followed by a successful two-point conversation, 32-7.
FINAL: @HUBISONFOOTBALL defeats Morgan State on HU Homecoming, 39-14! Back in action Saturday at @SCStateAthletic! #BleedBlue #MissionPossible pic.twitter.com/YHhJPm7wHh
— Howard Athletics (@HUBisonSports) October 21, 2017
With less than three minutes remaining, freshman Aaron Walker returned a 26-yard fumble for a touchdown, 39-7.
MSU’s Herb Walker, Jr. scored a late TD for the Bears with under a minute left, 39-14.
Defensively, the Bison had seven pass breakups, six tackles for loss, and two sacks. Dominique Smith had a game-high 10 tackles (seven solo), a tackle for loss and fumble recovery while Devin Rollins added eight tackles (four solo), including two tackles for loss. Bryan Cook provided six tackles, three pass breakups and two INTs in the victory.
For MSU (1-6, 1-3 MEAC), they produced over 500 yards of total offense despite only 14 points. Elijah Staley went 23-of-44 for 290 yards, but threw two interceptions in the loss.
HU hits the road to Orangeburg, S.C. where the South Carolina State Bulldogs await. Kickoff begins 1:30 p.m.