The Howard Bison have been blown out in just about every game played this season, and their non-conference matchup against Furman on Oct. 9 was no different. Howard was outmatched in every facet of the game as they fell, 56-14, to Furman at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, S.C.

Furman (3-2 overall) didn’t waste much time finding the end zone as Adam Mims returned a punt 42 yards to set up a easy 12-yard touchdown run by Mike Brown just two minutes after the opening kickoff. Furman scored again just two minutes later, this time on a 29-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Sterling Johnson to take a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 42-7 lead at halftime.

Meanwhile, Howard struggled to keep up offensively. They scored one touchdown early in the first quarter on an impressive 11-play, 76-yard drive but didn’t find the end zone again until late in the fourth quarter.

Freshman quarterback Randy Liggins, Jr., who vaulted over three quarterbacks that were ahead of him on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, led Howard. Liggins performed well in the loss, completing 8 of 14 passes for 147 yards in just his second career start. Howard tailback Darrin Christy scored his first career touchdown, while teammate Charles Brice led the team with 59 yards on 17 carriers. Furman reserve quarterback Derrick Dakota led the game in rushing with 92 yards and two touchdowns.

NEXT UP: Howard will take next weekend off to prepare for a road trip to Greensboro, N.C. on Oct. 23 to face North Carolina A&T. Furman travels to Birmingham, Ala. to take on Samford on Oct. 16.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor