Freshman running back Anthony Philyaw ran for a career-best 121 yards and two touchdowns as the Howard Bison easily handled Florida A&M, 21-10, on Oct. 19 at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. The win ended a four-game slump that had clouded Howard’s start to the season.
Howard took control of the game offensively early on by pounding the ball away on the ground. All three of Howard’s touchdown came by running the ball. Sophomore running back William Parker scored the first touchdown on a one-yard dive, but it was Philyaw who set up that first score with a 62-yard dash, the longest run of the freshman’s career.
Philyaw went on to score two touchdowns, both scored in the first half, helping the Bison take a 21-10 lead into halftime. Howard’s defense held off FAMU in the second half to decide the game at 21-10.
FAMU was held to just 227 total yards on offense, while Howard was able to record 254 yards through their running game alone.
Howard interim head coach Ray Petty said after the game that he was proud of how well his offensive line blocked against FAMU.
"We started the season with question marks about the offensive line," Petty said. "But I think that they have played well all season and they were exceptional today. They came out in the first quarter and completely dominated the Florida A&M front seven. Our running backs were able to find the holes. They played a big role in keeping the chains moving and chewing up time late in the game."
Howard (2-5 overall record) will host Morgan State (2-5 overall) during the Bison homecoming on Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.