Freshman quarterback Caylin Newton scored four touchdowns to help lift the Howard Bison to a 39-14 homecoming victory over their beltway rivals, the Morgan State Bears, on Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C.
The win advanced Howard’s overall record to 4-3, 3-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), while Morgan State fell to 1-6 overall, 1-3 in the MEAC.
Newton made his impact felt immediately, scoring the game’s first points with a 19-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter. Morgan State responded with a score of its own on a 15-yard touchdown run by junior running back Eric Harrell in the second quarter to tie the score at 7. But Newton came right back with a 58-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Jequez Ezzard to push Howard back ahead. A field goal from the Bison made it 17-7, Howard, at halftime.
Howard would only widen its cushion in the second half after Newton launched a 74-yard bomb to receiver Kyle Anthony for a touchdown in the third quarter. Newton also ran in another touchdown in the third to push the Bison ahead, 32-7, by the start of the fourth quarter. The Bison scored on a defensive fumble returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to go up by 32 points before Morgan State finally scored again on a short touchdown run by senior running back Herb Walker Jr.
Walker finished the game with 72 yards on 16 carries while Harrell led the Bears with 93 yards on 16 carries.
Newton led Howard with 293 total yards on offense, along with two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.
Next – Howard will take on S.C. State on Oct. 28 while Morgan State will face FAMU the same date.