Howard earns share of MEAC crown with 35-6 beatdown of Morgan State

Courtesy of Ed Hill, Jr., retired Howard University Sports Information Director








BALTIMORE (November 19, 2022) – Howard University senior quarterback Quinton Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) performed a rare hat trick, passing for two touchdowns, running for another and catching the first career TD reception as the Bison dominated Morgan State (MSU), 35-6, in the regular season Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) finale at Hughes Stadium.
By virtue of the win, Howard (5-6, 4-1 in the MEAC) receives a share of the regular season title with North Carolina Central University; however, the Eagles defeated HU back on November 5. Thus, they will represent the conference as the automatic bid in the Celebration Bowl (December 17).
Williams, who completed 17-of-24 for 241 yards, capped off his team’s first scoring drive with a 13-yard hookup with second-year Bison Nah’shawn Hezekiah(Orangeburg, S.C.) at the 6:57 mark of the first quarter, 7-0.
With the Bears (4-7, 2-3 in the MEAC) unable to move the ball, the Bison capitalized on a poor Morgan State punt with senior tailback Ian Wheeler(Houston) scampering 9 yards to make the score 14-0 at the half.
Williams tossed his second TD, this time to senior tight end Brennan Brown(Dallas) from 15 yards to increase the lead to 21-0 early in the third quarter.
Then to start the fourth quarter, Howard added yet another score with junior running back Jarett Hunter (Mineral, Va.) connecting on a 4-yard TD pass to Williams in a misdirection play at the goal line, 28-0. It was the first career TD pass by Hunter.
Williams closed out the scoring for Howard with a 15-yard run, 35-0.
MSU added its only score on a Roderick Walker two-yard plunge with less than a minute remaining in the contest, 35-6.
Morgan State running back Alfonzo capped off his career with 111 yards rushing to capture the regular season rushing title (1,150).
Despite not making the Celebration Bowl, third-year head coach Larry Scott and the Bison won five games in a season for the first time since 2017 (7-4) and a MEAC title since 1993.

Team Statistics

Game StatsHOWMSU
Total Yards369201
Pass Yards24567
Rushing Yards124134
Penalty Yards6-498-68
1st Downs2316
3rd Downs7-153-15
4th Downs1-11-2
HOW06:57 – HOW – HEZEKIAH,Nah’sh 13 yd pass from WILLIAMS,Q. (BICKERTON,Aaron kick) 3 plays, 65 yards, TOP 1:0770
HOW06:46 – HOW – WHEELER,Ian 9 yd run (BICKERTON,Aaron kick), 3 plays, 17 yards, TOP 1:12140
HOW11:01 – HOW – BROWN,Brennan 15 yd pass from WILLIAMS,Q. (BICKERTON,Aaron kick) 7 plays, 61 yards, TOP 3:53210
HOW14:31 – HOW – WILLIAMS,Q. 4 yd pass from HUNTER,JARETT (BICKERTON,Aaron kick) 9 plays, 80 yards, TOP 4:50280
HOW05:00 – HOW – WILLIAMS,Q. 15 yd run (BICKERTON,Aaron kick), 7 plays, 45 yards, TOP 4:40350
MSU00:45 – MSU – WALKER,Roderick 2 yd run (LEARY,Beckett kick failed), 11 plays, 53 yards, TOP 4:07356

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