Cunningham Leads Howard over Morehouse

Elton Hayes | 9/6/2012, 3:35 p.m.

Both teams battled up and down the field for control of the game and swapped the lead six times after Liggins' first touchdown pass. Morehouse moved the ball in workman-like fashion throughout the contest and the Maroon Tigers outgained the Bison 472-317 in yards of total offense.

Morehouse's Ragland was lethal through the air as he gashed the Howard secondary for 238 yards on 14 completions. The Maroon Tigers were just as efficient on the ground as senior running back David Carter amassed 121 yards on 34 carries and scored two touchdowns. But the All-American back's efforts fell short.

"It was such a hard fought game and a tough loss for us too," Carter said after the game. "It was exciting, but it's hard to lose like that. We played as hard as we could."

After his impressive performance last Saturday, Cunningham will start at quarterback for Howard next week as the Bison travel to Rutgers on Sept. 8. But the freshman isn't looking too far ahead. For now, he's just enjoying the moment and the win over Morehouse. As is his head coach.

"My team grew up today. They showed great character," said Harrell. "... it feels good right now. It's the first game of the season and we have the win underneath our belts."