The Howard Bison may not be winning, but they are progressing. Although they fell to 1-6 after suffering a 52-32 road loss to the North Carolina A&T Aggies on Oct. 23, Howard scored their highest point total this season behind freshman quarterback Randy Liggins, Jr. Howard entered the game averaging just 11 points per game, but lit up the scoreboard in the losing effort.

Howard turned the ball over five times, and North Carolina A&T took full advantage, jumping out to a 14-0 lead after Jeremy Graham returned a fumble 38 yards for a score on Howard’s opening drive of the game. Howard battled back behind Liggins, who threw consecutive scoring strikes to Brandon Drayton and Daley Gunter for 56 and 31 yards, but the team failed both two-point conversions to make it 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. A&T exploded in the second quarter, outscoring Howard 28-7 as they took a 42-19 lead into the half and never looked back.

North Carolina A&T broke a 10-game losing streak with the win. Liggins played his most efficient game of the year as he threw for 181 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also added 39 yards rushing, and appears to have solidified his hold on the team’s quarterback job, as Howard has used four different starters at the position this season. Charles Brice led the team in rushing with 81 yards and two touchdown runs.

Howard will return home next week for their homecoming game against Norfolk St., but the team will have to try to solve its defensive woes. Howard allowed 50 points for the third time in the last five games, and the second time in as many weeks, after giving up 56 points to Furman on Oct. 16.

 

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO