Howard University’s quarterback Caylin Newton made Howard’s homecoming week this year much sweeter by leading his team to a win against the Morgan State Bears in the Bison’s first homecoming victory since the 2013-2014 season. Howard beat Morgan State 39-14 in front of a sold out crowd.
Newton threw for 230 yards, with 2-rushing touchdowns, 2-passing touchdowns, and 85 yards rushing. Newton and the “Buffalo Soldier” offense came out swinging with 145 yards passing in the first half, as well as, a 58 yard-passing touchdown to Jequez Ezzard, and a 19 yard-touchdown ran by Newton in the red zone. He came into the game averaging two interceptions a game starting from the loss against Richmond. Today he recorded zero interceptions.
“Caylin Newton continues to play at a level that is going to allow us to win football games,” said head coach Mike London.
The homecoming game, which is a fixture on the HBCU calendar, was a star-studded event with several well-known Howard alumni present. Bison alum and actors La La Anthony and Lance Gross were in attendance, along with Washington Wizard’s star guard John Wall. The game, which was sold out, saw those who couldn’t get entrance watching from the balcony of the School of Business and the rooftop of Cramton Auditorium.
The game was not an easy one for Howard, as Morgan remained competitive up until the later part of the third quarter.
Howard’s offense struggled in its last home game against North Carolina Central and London wanted team personnel to focus on their roles and hitting their gaps defensively.
Freshman cornerback Bryan Cook took heed leading the defense with two interceptions. The defense also forced a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown by freshman safety Aaron Walker. Caylin Newton, Bryan Cook and Aaron Walker are all freshman starters who have made huge impact plays against Morgan. “Those three freshman represent not only the six freshman that have started this season, but the 18 freshman that have played this year. They made significant contributions not only today, but throughout the season,” London said.
The Bison advanced their record to 4-3 and are on a two-game winning streak going into next week’s game against South Carolina State University. The Bison will not play at home again until the last game of the season in the ‘battle of the real Hus’ where they take on long time rival Hampton University on November the 8th.