Howard University gave up 41 unanswered points, including 21 points in the first five minutes of the game, as Division I-A Akron University shutout the lower-tier Bison, 41-0, in their season opener on Aug. 28 in Akron, Ohio.

The Bison couldn’t stop Akron junior quarterback Kyle Pohl, who threw four touchdowns in the game. Three of Pohl’s touchdowns came in the first five minutes of the opening quarter, and one touchdown was a 57-yard strike to senior receiver L.T. Smith. Pohl finished with 304 yards on 22 of 35 passing.

Howard, on the other hand, struggled offensively. The Bison reached the red zone just once in the game. Senior quarterback Greg McGhee connected on just 12 of 26 pass attempts for only 68 yards; he also ran for 29 yards on 13 carries.Howard junior running back Terrance Tuscan led the team with 60 yards off 18 carries.

Howard will face another Division I-A juggernaut when they travel to Piscataway, N.J. on Sept. 6 to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor