Freshman quarterback Caylin Newton racked up more than 350 total yards to help lead the Howard University Bison to a 52-23 win over the Delaware State University Hornets in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Oct. 4 in Dover, Del. 

The win improved Howard’s MEAC record to 2-1 (3-3 overall) while the struggling Delaware State fell to 0-4 in the conference and 0-6 overall.

Delaware State actually gave Howard a tough time in the first half, and the Hornets were just four yards away from scoring a touchdown which would have given them 17-10 lead at halftime. Instead, it was Howard who stole the lead when senior linebacker Elijah Anglin scooped up a fumble and ran it back 96 yards for a touchdown seconds before the break.

That play shifted momentum completely to Howard’s favor as the Bison poured on five touchdowns in the second half, including three in the third quarter alone. Newton started the rout with a 49-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Guy Lemonier Jr., later hooking up with sophomore receiver Kyle Anthony on a 26-yard touchdown pass.

Newton completed 16-of-21 pass attempts for 285 yards and ran for 81 yards on 10 carries. 

Howard used a full running back by committee as eight different players ran the ball for the Bison; together, they scored three rushing touchdowns and racked up 281 yards. Howard recorded 628 total yards of offense. 

Next: The Bison will host their Homecoming on Oct. 21 with a MEAC matchup against Morgan State. 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor