by Stephen D. Riley
(NNPA)—It took a while but the Howard Bison saved all their fireworks for the end. After falling behind 21-0, the Bison scored 29 fourth quarter points to edge the Florida A&M Rattlers 29-28 at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Fl on Oct. 8. Freshman quarterback Greg McGhee from Perry High School in Pittsburgh tossed three interceptions but a strong final quarter helped him finish with 233 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with 34 rushing yards.
McGhee’s pass to senior wide receiver Willie Carter went for 54 yards and cut the Bison’s deficit to 21-13. The Rattlers responded with a short touchdown to push their lead to 28-13 but Howard wouldn’t quit.
Junior linebacker Keith Pugh later recovered a fumble before Howard would mount an eight-play, 71-yard drive, capped by a 10-yard scoring strike from McGhee to senior wideout Brandon Drayton which cut the score to 28-19. Howard again sliced the lead, this time using a short run by sophomore Andra Williams to tighten it to 28-26.
The ensuing onsides kick was recovered by the Rattlers but junior running back Eddie Rocker fumbled as Florida A&M was attempting to run the clock out. Howard recovered at the Rattlers’ 15-yard line with less than 20 seconds left in the game. Thereafter, sophomore kicker Parker Munoz netted a 21-yard field goal to give the Bison the deciding edge.
“This team is growing up,” Bison coach Gary Harrell told howard-bison.com. “To be down like that and come back and win shows the character of this team. The players responded with a courageous effort.”
Howard (3-3, 2-2 MEAC) will return to Greene Stadium for the first time in nearly a month when they host Georgetown University.
(Stephen Riley is a staff writer for the Afro American.)