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McGhee Shines in Howard Victory Over Savannah State

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by Perry Green
AFRO Sports Editor

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Howard junior quarterback Greg McGhee scored a career-high four touchdowns with 474 total yards as the Bison smashed Savannah State, 42-14 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Nov. 9 at Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C.

McGhee initially got off to a rough start as he fumbled on Howard’s very first offensive possession of the game, which led to Savannah State’s first touchdown. Howard then missed two straight field goals as they fell behind, 7-0 by the end of the first period.

But McGhee did a complete reversal in the second quarter, terrorizing Savannah State’s defense for the rest of the game. McGhee’s first touchdown of the game was a 6-yard pass to sophomore receiver Matt Colvin that gave Howard a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. He scored again on a 53-yard touchdown sprint in the third quarter, followed by a 27-yard touchdown run just minutes later. He closed out a career day with a 6-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Richard Ayiegoro.

McGhee finished with 148 yards and two touchdowns rushing, while completing 26-of-37 passes for 326 yards and two passing touchdowns. McGhee’s 474 total yards ranks second in Howard history for a single-game performance behind only former Bison quarterback and current offensive coordinator Ted White and fellow former Bison quarterback Bobby Townsend.

"Greg played an outstanding game, one of the best games he has played since he's been here," said Howard interim head coach Ray Petty. "He was running the ball well and passing the ball well and his decision-making was outstanding."

Freshman running back Anthony Philyaw also played well, rushing for two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury.

Howard (4-6 record) will next face Texas Southern on Nov. 16 in Houston, Texas.

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