Charles Brice rushed for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns to lead Howard University to a 28-14 win over Lincoln University on Oct. 2. The win snapped an 11-game losing skid for Howard.

After both teams failed to score in the first quarter, Howard (1-4) took advantage of good field position and drove 50 yards in seven plays, with Brice sprinting 34 yards for the score at the 11:52 mark of the second quarter. Howard never looked back after that.

Brice, a 5-foot-11-inch, 190-pound red-shirt sophomore from Columbia, S.C., was making his first start after coming off a career-best 96 yards on 13 carries in a loss to Morgan State on September 25.

“The offensive line did a great job of blocking for me today,” said Brice. “I got a good feel from the line last week and I was even more comfortable out there today. They were getting a great push and creating running lanes for me.”

It appeared that Howard would go to the locker room with a comfortable 21-0 lead, but Lincoln made quick work of their final possession of the half, using two plays to go 61 yards. The drive was capped by a 34-yard flea flicker from Ivan Mitchell to Anthony Wilson to end the half and give hope to the visitors.

“The one thing that we strive to do is be competitive,” said Lincoln head coach O.J. Abanisha. “Today was a good example of where we want to be. We were competitive and we did not quit.”

Howard was finally able to put the game away by using a time-consuming drive to go 66 yards in 12 plays. It was capped off by a 20-yard run on a reverse by wide receiver Willie Carter, who scored the first rushing TD of his career.

Howard and Lincoln had met 55 times before this game, but not since 1960. Lincoln ended its football program for most of the last five decades, reviving it only three years ago. Howard head coach Carey Bailey said that he was not surprised by Lincoln’s effort.

“I told the team that there is not a lot of separation,” said Bailey. “I told them that we were going to get their best shot. They did everything they could to win this game.”

Lincoln will travel to Mufreesboro, N.C. to take on Chowan on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. while the Bison will travel to Greenville, S.C. to take on nationally ranked Furman that same day at 12 noon.

 

Ed Hill Jr.

Special to the AFRO