DURHAM, N.C. — In a contest that witnessed over 1,100 yards of total offense, the North Carolina Central (NCCU) Eagles topped Howard University 40-35 at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Saturday.
With the setback, HU fell to 1-3 (1-1 MEAC) while the Eagles improved to 2-3 (1-1 MEAC) on the year.
Offensively, the Bison racked up 598 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Caylin Newton (Atlanta) and junior wideouts Jequez Ezzard (College Park, Ga.) and Kyle Anthony (Miramar, Fla.) led the attack.
Newton threw for 381 yards (24-of-39) with three touchdown passes. Ezzard (eight catches for 174 yards) and Anthony (nine receptions for 147 yards) combined for 321 receiving yards on 17 balls in the loss.
On its final possession, NCCU drove nine plays in 2:39 and scored the go-ahead touchdown to take a 40-35 lead with only 24 seconds remaining.
With only seconds remaining, Newton drove Howard down to NCCU’s 17-yard line, but a game-clinching interception by the Eagles’ Marcus Martin sealed the deal for North Carolina Central.
Defensively for Howard, redshirt freshman Jayson Robinson (Sterling, Va.) had a game-high 14 tackles (10 solo) while North Carolina native Marcellos Allison (Durham) had a solid homecoming with nine tackles (two solo), two QB hurries, and a half-sack.
On Oct. 13, Howard hosts Delaware State in their first home opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Greene Stadium on Organization Day, Greek Day, and Breast Cancer Awareness.
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