Written by: John Livengood
What a time to be a Bison
With under a minute remaining, and on a 4th-and-2, the Bison of Howard converted to secure their home-opening Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win of the 2017 season over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 26-24.
Caylin Newton led the squad down the field, and ran a 5-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score with 39-seconds reigning on the clock. Leading a very methodically 45-yard pace on nine plays.
HU's defense then held strong forcing B-CU four straight incomplete passes.
With the win, Howard snapped its six-game skid against the Wildcats. It also was the Bison first home victory against B-CU since 1996.
Lean, mean running machine
On offense, Howard racked up 500 total yards with 343 on the ground, along with 157 yards in the air. Four Bison had 50 or more rushing yards, led by Newton and Anthony Philyaw.
Newton finished with 140 rushing yards and two TDs. He showcased from dynamic, elusive runs, making defender miss consistency all game long.
Philyaw, the MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, added 93 powerful yards in the victory.
Back and forth all game long
B-CU gained early 7-0 advantage after a 20-yard run from Larry Brihm.
Early in the second quarter, Guy Lemonier Jr. recovered a fumble in the end zone and tied the contest, 7-7.
The next possession, the Wildcats went down and reclaimed the lead with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Brihm to Frank Brown, 14-7.
To close out the first half, Howard tied the game at 14 -14 after a 5-yard TD pass from a Newton to Philyaw connection.
The opening of the third quarter Howard had a 9-play, 74 yard drive. They scored on a 1-yard QB sneak from Newton for HU's first lead of the game for a score of 20-14.
B-CU responded with an opening drive in the third quarter and regained the advantage, thanks to an extra point, 21-20.
Midway through the third, B-CU increased their lead on a 42-yard field goal, 24-20.
Written by: Bradford Brooks
Allow him to introduce himself, his name is Caylin Newton, the brother of NFL quarterback and the 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton. Caylin made his debut last Saturday in Las Vegas, lining up under center for the Bison, playing quarterback just like his big brother as they faced UNLV.
In Newton’s debut, he made quite an impression accounting for 330 total offensive yards and three touchdowns to lead Howard to an improbable win as they were considered a 45-point underdog against FBS opponent UNLV.
Howard’s 43 to 40 victory over the Rebels is the largest point spread upset in college football history. It was also the second consecutive season a MEAC conference team has been able to defeat an FBS opponent.
New head coach Mike London inherited a team that posted a record of 3 and 19 over the last two seasons. So this win marks the start of a new era and a lot of optimism for the HU program as this was the program’s first win over an FBS opponent.
For Newton, this win allowed him to establish his own identity as force to be wrecking with in the future of college football and to get out of his brother’s shadow.
Mike London’s Bison travel on the road again this week as they face another FBS opponent Kent State.
There Howard will look to stay hot and also capture their second consecutive victory in school history over FBS competition.
Written by: Bradford Brooks
The North Carolina A&T Aggies started the 2017 season with one lingering question that people have asked all offseason, how do you replace production?
Rod Broadway’s team lost a couple of MEAC standouts, losing senior Quarterback Oluwafemi Bamiro, senior Wide Receiver Denzel Keys, senior Defensive End Marquis Ragland, and all-time MEAC leading rusher running Tarik Cohen.
The Aggies entered the season predicted to finish second in the MEAC, behind in state rival and defending MEAC champ North Carolina Central.
After capturing 3 back to back MEAC championships and a celebration bowl appearance back in the 2015 season, there were a lot of question marks of how the Aggies could continue to produce at a high level.
The Aggies opened the 2017 season down in Boiling Springs, NC, facing off against Big South opponent Gardner Webb.
North Carolina A&T came out the gate ready to show the spectators what they were made of lead by their elite defense and Senior and preseason MEAC first team QB, Lamar Raynard.
The Aggies were able to defeat Gardner Webb by a score of 45 to 3, led by Senior QB Lamar Raynard who accounted for 4 of the aggies 7 touchdowns. Raynard threw for a career high 321 passing yards and also set a new high for completion percentage registering an 86 completion percentage by connecting on 19 of his 22 passes, throwing for 3 touchdowns in the air and also registering 1 on the ground.
FCS All American return Specialist Khris Gardin also had a big day as he returned 5 punts for 150 yards, including an 88 yard punt that he returned for a touchdown.
The Aggies defense also held the Bulldogs and 2016 Big South player of the year Tyron Maxwell to a total of just 114 yards of offense in the game.
Any questions or concerns on how the Aggies would function without running back Tarik Cohen were answered in this season opener.
The Aggies face off against Mars Hill this Saturday on September 9th for the home opener.