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.