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Four rushing touchdowns weren’t enough to prevent Howard University from falling, 38-25, to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Sept. 6 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.

Rutgers showed its dominance as a much-higher ranked team in Division I football, cruising to victory over the Howard Bison. Rutgers senior quarterback Gary Nova threw three touchdown passes in the first half to help give the Scarlet Knights a 31-7 lead by halftime.

Howard scored 18 points in the second half to make the score look respectable, but they were no threat to the better team in Rutgers.

Nova finished completing 15 of 19 passes 282 yards and four touchdowns for Rutgers; junior receiver Paul James led the Scarlet Knights with two touchdown catches, including a 69-yarder.

The lone bright spot for Howard was its running game. Junior running back Terrance Tusan led the team with 101 rushing yards, including a 70-yard touchdown run. Three other players for Howard also scored rushing touchdowns, including senior quarterback Greg McGhee, who ran 17 times for 79 yards.

Next-up: Howard will get a break next week, facing Division II foe Morehouse College in the Nation’s Football Classic on Sept. 13 at RFK Stadium.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor