Freshman running back Anthony Philyaw ran for 111 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Howard Bison escaped double overtime with a 42-39 win over the Hampton Pirates in the season finale on Nov. 23 at Armstrong Stadium in Hampton, Va.
One of Philyaw’s four touchdowns served as the game-winning score in the second overtime period.
Howard had to hold off Hampton, who scored 22 unanswered points to come back after trailing 26-7 at halftime. Howard scored first in the first overtime period, but Hampton re-knotted the score to send the game to a second overtime. After a Hampton field goal, a touchdown by Philyaw gave the 3-point edge to the Bison. But Philyaw eventually put the game away with his fourth score of the day.
Philyaw also caught five passes for 64 yards. Junior quarterback Greg McGhee led Howard with 147 rushing yards and completed 26-of-48 passes for 265 passing yards and a touchdown. McGhee’s game winning touchdown pass was caught by senior receiver Brandon Flanagan, who led the game with nine passes for 79 receiving yards.
Howard finished the season with a 6-6 overall record, 4-4 against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponents.