Senior quarterback Greg McGhee produced more than 370 yards on offense with two touchdown scores, but the Howard University Bison still fell to North Carolina Central University, 27-22, on Oct. 4 in Durham, N.C. Howard fell to a 1-5 overall record on the season, losing their third straight game.
Howard scored the very first points of the game with a 26-yard field goal by junior kicker John Fleck. But it was all North Carolina Central after that, as they scored 14 unanswered points through the rest of the first half to take a 14-3 lead into halftime.
McGhee threw his first touchdown pass of the game in the third quarter with a 6-yard pass to senior running back Aquanius Freeman, cutting the lead to 14-9. But NCCU responded with two quick touchdowns to take a 27-9 lead in the fourth quarter.
Howard scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but there wasn’t enough time to overcome North Carolina Central’s lead.
McGhee led Howard with 291 passing yards and two touchdown passes, completing 32 of 49 pass attempts; he also ran for a game-high 87 yards.
But N.C. Central sophomore quarterback Malcolm Bell was the star of the game, completing 20 of 30 pass attempts for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Bell also added a team-high 66 rushing yards.
Howard dropped to 0-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) while N.C. Central improved to 1-0 in the MEAC.
Howard will face MEAC opponent Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 11 in Daytona Beach, Fla.