WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 6) - Howard's Greg McGhee scores late in the third quarter as the Bison hold on for a 17-10 win over the Florida A&M Football team, here Saturday afternoon at Green Stadium.
The Bison remain unbeaten in conference play as they raise their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference record to 3-0 and 4-1 overall, while FAMU lowers their record to 2-4 and 2-1 in conference play.
FAMU would get the ball back with 3:53 left in the game on their own two-yard line. The Rattlers would take advantage of a pass interference penalty on Howard's Curtis Simmons to move the ball to the FAMU 26-yad line, followed by a Bison illegal block penalty, moving the ball to the FAMU 37-yard line.
Damien Fleming would complete a trio of big passes to DeWayne Harvey for 15 yards and Travis Harvey for 22 and 16 yards to move the ball to the Howard nine-yard line with six seconds to go in the contest.
On the second and one, a Fleming pass intended for tight end Michael Ethridge would sail high, making it third and one from the Howard nine.
Fleming's final pass would then sail high once again intended for the Ethridge who fell, giving the Bison, the 17-10 win.
The Rattlers would be the first one to light up the scoreboard on the day as Damien Fleming found a streaking Lenworth Lennon in the back of the end zone from seven yards out, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive with 3:20 remaining in the game, giving the Rattlers a 7-0 lead, after the Chase Varnadore PAT.
Howard would score their first points on the foot of John Fleck as he nailed a 48-yard field goal with 14:11 to go in the second quarter, capping an 11-play, 50-yard drive, taking 3:52 off the clock.
The Bison would go into the break with a 10-7 lead as they scored on a 31-yard TD pass to David Wilson from Greg McGhee with 1:02 to go in the second quarter.
Varnadore would tie the game at 10-10 as he connected on a 34-yard field goal with 12:45 to go in the third quarter.
A 39-yard punt return by Brandon Flanagan would set up a one-yard quarterback sneak by McGhee with 3:36 to go in the third, capping a four-play, 14-yard drive taking 1:03 off the clock, giving the Bison a 17-10 lead, after the Fleck PAT.
FAMU's ground attack was paced by Eddie Rocker as he rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries.
Damien Fleming passed for 228 yards as he completed 26 passes in 41 attempts with one TD and one interception.
Lennon led the Rattler receivers in receptions with eight catches for 26 yards and one TD, while Travis Harvey led the FAMU receivers in receiving yards with 100 yards on five catches. This is the first game of the season, that Harvey did not have a TD reception, but he extends his streak four-game, where he has recorded 100-plus yards in a contest.
Terrence Lefalll led the Bison offense as he rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries.
McGhee, the Bison quarterback, rushed for a TD and passed for a TD as he finished the game with 12 yards rushing on 12 carries and 106 yards passing as he completed 13 passes in 20 attempts with one interception.
Defensively, the Rattlers were led by Brandon Hepburn as he finished with a team high 10 tackles and one passed breakup, followed by Jonathan Pillow with seven tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss and one interception.
Howard's Keith Pough led the Bison on defense as tallied a game-high 17 tackles with 12 of them being solos to go along with 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
This is the first time, that Howard has recorded back-to-back wins over the Rattlers, since the 2003 and 2004 season. In addition, this is the Bisons' first win over the Rattlers, since the 2003 season at Greene Stadium, when Howard defeated FAMU 16-14.
With the loss, FAMU head coach Joe Taylor goes to 14-4 lifetime against Howard. Also, this is Taylor's first loss at Greene Stadium, as the opposing coach. Taylor served as head coach of the Howard for the 1983 season with Bison finishing the season 1-9.