The Howard University Bison won their third straight game after holding off the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 28-20, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) battle on Oct. 28 in Orangeburg, S.C. 

The win advanced Howard’s overall record to 5-3, 4-1 against the MEAC, currently tied for third place with the Hampton Pirates (5-3 overall, 4-1 MEAC) in the conference standings.

The victory marked the first time Howard beat S.C. State in 15 years.

The Bison took a commanding 21-0 lead in the first quarter after freshman quarterback Caylin Newton launched a 94-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Jequez Ezzard. Newton finished the game with 171 passing yards, while Ezzard had four catches for 144 receiving yards and two touchdowns; he caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jason Collins early in the first quarter. 

S.C. State scored 13 unanswered points to cut into Howard’s lead in the third quarter, but the Bison responded with a score late in the third quarter to push their lead to 28-14. The Bulldogs scored again with five minutes left in the game, but simply ran out of time for their comeback attempt. 

Howard looks to continue advancing up to the MEAC standings with a fourth straight win against its next opponent, Florida A&M University (4-5 overall, 2-4 MEAC), on Nov. 4 in Tallahassee, Fla. 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor