Freshman running back Anthony Philyaw rushed for three touchdowns as the Howard University Bison celebrated homecoming with a 28-14 win over the Morgan State Bears on Oct. 26 at Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Howard scored the first points of the game when Philyaw ran for a one-yard touchdown, followed by a successful two-point conversion to give the Bison a 8-0 lead in the first quarter. Morgan State returned a punt for an 89-yard touchdown in the second quarter to cut that lead to 8-7. But Howard scored its own special teams touchdown on a fake punt play which led to a 52-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 15-7 at halftime. Philyaw scored two more rushing touchdowns in the second half to secure the win.
Philyaw racked up an impressive 98 yards, but it was junior quarterback Greg McGhee who led the running game with 122 yards on the ground.
Morgan State freshman running back Lamont Brown III led his team with 88 rushing yards. The Bears struggled offensively throughout the game as starting junior quarterback Robert Council completed just three of eight passes for 32 yards and an interception before being replaced by freshman quarterback Moses Skillon, who completed four of his 10 passes for 72 yards and two interceptions.
Howard advanced to 3-5 this season with a 2-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record, while Morgan State sits at 2-6 overall, 2-2 MEAC. Howard will face Delaware State at Alumni Stadium in Dover, Delaware on Nov. 2, while Morgan State takes on Hampton University at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore on the same date.