Bison Are Victorious at Greene Stadium
Robert Stephens | 10/4/2010, 11:31 a.m.
The Howard University Bison and the Lions of Lincoln (Pa.) renewed their rivalry which started 1894 and the visitors proved to be just the tonic the Bison needed to record their first victory of the season with a 28-14 win at Greene Stadium in front of a crowd of 1827.
The Bison behind a career day from sophomore running back Charles Brice who finished his day with 161 yards on 31 attempts and three touchdowns improved their record to 1-4 on the season.
" Without my offensive line I wouldn't have any success," said the sophomore from Columbia, South Carolina.
Howard took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 7 play 50 yard drive that took 3:09 off the clock. Brice gained 46 yards on three carries including a 34 yard touchdown to make the score 6-0.
The Bison offense came alive on a 72 yard eight play drive which took 3:52 off the clock with Brice gaining 26 yards on 5 carries and scoring his second touchdown on a 12 yard run to improve the Bison lead to 14-7 in what was one of the most impressive drives of the season this season for
Freshmen quarterback Randy Liggins 7-12-44- one interception mixed the pass with the the run in what was one of the most impressive offensive drives the Bison have put together this season. The native of Brea, California also rushed for 26 yards.
" I had a true freshmen at quarterback and I was very pleased with his decision makeing," said Bison head coach Carey Bailey. " His ball placement was good the freshmen played well."
Howard's offense was not finished as the Bison came right back after another defensive stop and scored on a 1 yard plunge by Charles Brice's third touchdown of the day. That culiminated a 4 play 26 yard drive. as the Bison took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Lincoln came alive and scored with no time remaining in the first half on a 34 yard pass from quarterback Ivan Mitchell to Anthony Wilson.
The Lions started the second half scoring on a 6 play 65 yard scoring drive that took 3:22 off the clock and narrowed the Bison lead to 21-14. Aaron Thomas connected with Shawn Bethea on a 15 yard pass.
" I told our team that Lincoln was not going to quick," Bailey said.
" We are going to get their best shot." " They were not going to quit this afternoon, " Bailey said. Howard responded with a 12 play 66 yard drive with Willie Carter scoring on a 20 yard reverse that upped the score to 28-14. " We played good fundamental football thats what we are striving for," Bailey said.
" We got some first downs and secured the win."
A relieved coach Bailey finished the day with quote of the afternoon. "It feels good to get the monkey off our backs," he said.
The Bison travel to Greenville,South Carolina to face Furman University at noon.
Running Back Charles Brice breaks free from a Lincoln defender for a long gain during Howard's 28-14 run over Lincoln, Oct. 2 at Green Stadium in Northwest. Courtesy Photo By Khalid Naji-Allah