Howard junior running back Anthony Philyaw had another outstanding game, rushing for 160 yards, but the Bison still fell to the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 14-9, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C.
For the second straight game, Philyaw ran for more than 150 yards.
Howard came close to winning the game; they led, 9-7, early in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 6-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jason Collins to freshman receiver Kyle Anthony.
S.C. State, however, took back the lead 14-9 with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. But Howard, nevertheless, still had a chance to win the game. It wasn’t until Bulldogs defensive back Darius Leonard intercepted a pass from Collins late in the game that Howard’s chances ended. That game-deciding interception was the second of the game for Leonard, who also scored the game’s first points on an interception that he returned 64 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
S.C. State’s defense snagged five interceptions total in the game, including four on Howard junior quarterback Kalen Johnson, who was eventually benched for Collins.
Next: The Bison (1-6 overall, 1-3 MEAC) will host North Carolina A&T (5-1 overall, 3-0 MEAC) in Howard’s Homecoming game on Oct. 22 in D.C.