The Howard University football team gave up 10 offensive touchdowns in a 76-0 blowout loss to Boston College (BC) on Sept. 12 in Boston. The loss dropped Howard’s record to 0-2 in the season.

No one expected Howard to beat Boston College, which is considered one of the better programs in college football. A lopsided loss was even expected. But BC did one better, scoring 10 touchdowns on offense, eight of them via its run game. Freshman quarterback Jeff Smith led all BC runners with 89 yards and three touchdowns; junior running back Tyler Rouse also had three rushing scores.

Howard sophomore quarterback Kalen Johnson struggled against Boston College’s defense, completing just two of 11 pass attempts for 4 yards and also tossed an interception. Freshman running back Ricquaz Brannon was also limited to just 21 yards on 10 carries.

“They were able to impose their will; we fought hard, and we’re going to continue to fight through it,” Howard head coach Gary “Flea” Harrell said via Howard Sports Information.  “We have some freshmen who are playing at this time and it’s definitely a learning experience. We play these games in these environments at least once a year to prepare the young guys coming from high school playing college ball for the first time.”

Next – Howard will now prepare for its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) action of the season as they face rival Hampton University in the annual Nation’s Bowl Classic on Sept. 18 at FedEx Field in Northeast, D.C. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern.