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Howard Blows Lead in Season Opening Loss to Eastern Michigan

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by Perry Green
AFRO Sports Editor

    Howard University Bison's Football. (Courtesy Image)
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The Howard University Bison football team held an impressive 11-point second-half lead over non-conference opponent Eastern Michigan, but eventually gave up the lead and lost its season opener, 34-24, on Aug. 31 in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Howard junior quarterback Greg McGhee engineered two scoring drives, throwing a touchdown pass and rushing for a touchdown that pushed the Bison ahead, 24-13 in the third quarter.

But Eastern Michigan running back Bronson Hill fired back with back-to-back touchdowns, jump-starting a comeback run of 21 unanswered points, 14 scored in the fourth quarter, to give his team the win.

McGhee completed 19-of-32 passes for 182 yards, threw a touchdown but had two interceptions. He also ran for a team-high 93 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. The sophomore running back also ran for 82 yards and a touchdown for Howard.

Bison sophomore receiver Jonathan Booker caught a game-high six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Hill led Eastern Michigan with 28 carries for 101 yards.

Howard will face Morehouse in the AT&T Nation's Football Classic at on Sept. 7 RFK Stadium in Northeast Washington, D.C.