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When it came to ending a seven-game losing streak against Morgan State, Howard was prepared to pull out all the stops.
And so, when faced with a fourth-and-4 from midfield in the third quarter of a 7-7 tie with the Bears, Bison coach Gary Harrell didn't hesitate to dig into his bag of tricks.
Howard punter John Fleck lofted a pass to a wide-open Jordan Monette for a 16-yard gain to keep the drive alive and the Bison would make it count eight plays later when quarterback Greg McGhee scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-7, the turning point in a 21-20 victory Saturday.
"We knew that we had an opportunity," Howard coach Gary Harrell said. "It's something that we practiced all week. The punter had to see it and just deliver the throw and it worked in our favor."
The Bison (5-2, 4-1 in the MEAC) blocked a field-goal attempt and a punt, in addition to executing the fake punt, to give its sputtering offense short fields, and took advantage of a kicking miscue by Morgan State in the final minutes to beat the Bears for the first time since 2004.
"It does a lot for the program," Harrell said. "It tells you you're going in the right direction. Seven years, that's a long time. At some point, it has to come to a stop and we made up our mind today that we were going to do something about it."
But it wasn't easy.
Morgan State (3-4, 2-2) closed the gap to 21-14 with 11:09 remaining on Travis Davidson's 5-yard touchdown run and stunned the crowd when Robert Council weaved his way for a 35-yard scoring run to make it 21-20 with 2:29 left.
However, the snap on the ensuing extra-point try was high, and kicker Ervin Gonzalez's desperation pass was intercepted by Tabrian Resby. Howard recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Salisbury 24, Alfred 21: Despite two rushing touchdowns by Alfred's Chuck Beckwith in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter, host Salisbury (6-1) held on for the victory. With 12:29 remaining in the game, the Sea Gulls' Isaiah Taylor scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to give Salisbury a 24-7 lead. For the Saxons (4-2), Zach Sopak threw for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Dickinson 38, McDaniel 31, OT: Cole Ahnell connected with Matt Wood on a 12-yard touchdown pass in the first possession of overtime to lead Dickinson (3-4) over host McDaniel. The Green Terror (0-7) was unable to score a touchdown on its ensuing possesion in the extra period. Ahnell threw for 107 yards and two scores and added 83 yards on the ground while Wood caught five passes for 98 yards and the eventual game-winning touchdown. For the Green Terror, Joe Rollins rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries.
Wilkes 38, Stevenson 35: John Fredo kicked a 20-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the game as visiting Wilkes (4-3) defeated Stevenson. For the Mustangs (1-6), K.K. Smith rushed for 96 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries while John Gasparovic added 206 yards and a touchdown through the air. The Colonels' Patrick Ingulli had 210 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Buffalo State 22, Frostburg State 7: The Buffalo State defense held Frostburg State to just 272 yards of total offense, and only 97 yards through the air, as the visiting Bengals (4-4) coasted to victory. For the Bobcats (3-4), Chuky Iweh rushed for 97 yards on 13 carries and JD Hook added 92 yards on 14 carries.
Virginia Union 37, Bowie State 13: Fueled by a 30-point first half, Virginia Union defeated visiting Bowie State at Hovey Field. The Bears (4-4, 1-4 CIAA) could not stop the potent Panthers running attack, led by Jerr Washington (79 yards on 19 carries), which compiled 183 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Bowie State pulled within one point after an 8-yard run by Corwin Acker with 8:52 remaining in the first half, but Virginia Union (4-4, 2-3) scored 16 unanswered points in the last six minutes of the second quarter, including a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown by Patrick Grant, to seal the victory.
Johns Hopkins 49, Gettysburg 35: Tied at 28 heading into the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays (7-0, 6-0 Centennial Conference) scored 21 unanswered points in the game's final 14 minutes, including a 63-yard run by Jonathan Rigaud, to seal a victory over Gettysburg (5-2, 4-2) , and remain undefeated.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun