Howard University’s football team fell to 1-2 overall on the season after losing a non-conference game to Old Dominion University (ODU) on Sept. 14 in Norfolk, Va. Howard was completely outmatched in a 76-19 blowout loss.
The embarrassing loss was the most points allowed by Howard since falling 76-30 to North Carolina A&T in 2002.
"It was a very tough loss," Howard first year head coach Ray Petty said. " ODU is a great team. They recently moved up to the FBS (NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision) ranks and they proved it to us tonight."
Old Dominion took control of the game early, jumping out to a 28-3 lead in the first quarter. OD used a fast-paced no huddle style to score a touchdown on each of its first four offensive possessions. OD kept attacking in the second quarter and eventually earned a 49-10 lead at halftime. They then went on to score 27 more points in the second half and finished the game with 733 total yards.
Howard was led by junior quarterback Greg McGhee who completed 19 of 26 passes for 215 yards, but he threw two interceptions with no touchdowns. Howard did however record a season-high 465 yards.
"What we need to do is execute in the red zone," said McGhee. "We came ready to play, but we need to capitalize on our red zone opportunities."
"This will give us an opportunity to correct some things and get prepared for our next game against N.C. A&T," said McGhee. "It is a much needed break."