Howard University junior quarterback Greg McGhee passed for 167 yards and rushed for 93 more yards, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Delaware State University Hornets from stealing a 22-20 victory on Nov. 2 at Alumni Stadium in Dover, Del.
The Hornets trailed 20-13 late in the fourth quarter before a 33-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Cole Murphy to junior running back Milton Williams with 1:38 left in the game. However, a bobbled snap caused Delaware State to miss the ensuing extra point attempt and made the score 20-19.
Delaware State then successfully recovered an onside kick, allowing Murphy to lead the Hornets on a nine-play drive that ended in a game-winning 26-yard field goal as time expired.
“They made a play and we didn’t,” said Howard interim head coach Ray Petty. “We had an opportunity to win the game. We had a missed PAT [point after touchdown] that gave them a chance to tie the game. And then we come back and block their PAT. We don't get the onside kick. They did a good job of going down the field and scoring.”
Murphy completed 20 of 30 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown.
McGhee completed 17 of 28 passes for 167 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and also rushed 14 times for 93 yards. Howard freshman running back Anthony Philyaw ran for 87 yards on 27 carries, but had two costly fumbles late in the second half.
McGhee said he believed Howard had sealed the win after a 99-yard drive that ate up 13 minutes off the game clock and pushed Howard ahead, 20-13.
“The offense was feeling really good after that drive,” said McGhee. “All we were waiting for was a stop from the defense. Things just didn’t fall our way at the end of the game. Turnovers hurt us at the beginning of the game. You can't turn the ball over four times and win games. We have to correct that.”
Howard fell to 3-6 this season and 2-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. They will face Savannah State on Nov. 9 at Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C.