The Howard Bison football team faced another Division I-A Big Ten conference juggernaut for the second straight week, this time taking on Rutgers on the road in Piscataway, N.J., and just like last week, the Bison were blown away, 52-14.
Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano tossed three touchdown passes and receiver Janarion Grant scored three touchdowns of his own as the Scarlet Knights outmatched Howard.
Howard actually surprised Rutgers early in the game; the Bison jumped out to a shocking 14-0 lead in the first quarter after a couple of touchdown scores from junior quarterback Kalen Johnson. Johnson tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Robert Mercer just five minutes into the game, and also ran in for a 15-yard touchdown score soon after.
But it was all Rutgers thereafter, starting with an 84-yard kick return for a touchdown by Grant. That seemed to open up the floodgates for a 52-point uncontested pouring on by the Scarlet Knights, who didn’t let off the gas until late into the fourth quarter.
Grant led the game with 250 total individual yards – 130 yards on offense and 120 on special teams.
Though Johnson scored both touchdowns for Howard, junior running back Anthony Philyaw was the most consistent player on offense for the Bison, rushing 112 yards on 22 carries.
Next: Howard will finally see inter-conference play when they take on the Hampton Pirates in the Nation’s Bowl Classic on Sept. 17 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.