Wildcats win against Howard, improve record to 3-1


By Kimberly Rodriguez


The Wildcats football team headed to the nation's capital last weekend and came home with a 37-29 victory over the Howard University Bison in Greene Stadium.

B-CU is now 3-1 for the season and heading into a game against Morgan State University slated for this Saturday. The kickoff is at 4 p.m. at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.

The game against Howard, which marked the team's first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play this season, was pretty intense throughout all four quarters. It got off to a good note when Wildcat quarterback Akevious Williams scored a touchdown within the first half of the first quarter.

Williams went on to rush for 101 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as the Wildcats (3-1 overall, 1-0 MEAC) won their league opener for the first time since 2015 and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Bison (1-4,1-1).
After three games without an offensive score in the first quarter, B-CU scored on its first two offensive possessions, both culminating with Williams touchdown runs en route to leads of 14-0 and 24-7.

Heading into the third quarter, however, it began to get a little intense. The energy shifted a little bit toward Howard and the Bison at one point were only seven points away from tying the game up.

Howard closed to 24-21 on Quinton Williams' 12-yard run with 12:39 remaining, but the Wildcats answered with a nine-play, 72-yard drive that gave B-CU a 31-21 lead with 11:51 remaining.
"We wanted to start out fast, but then we sputtered," B-CU head coach Terry Sims said in a statement after the game, which was his first against Howard. "In the first quarter, we settled down and ran our offense...we weren't doing anything different. We weren't pressing or trying to win the game on one play.
"In the third quarter, guys were doing their own thing and got comfortable with the lead," Sims said. "We thought we could take our foot off the gas and gave up too many yards and let Howard back in the game."

The Wildcats pulled through and slammed the door on the Bison in the fourth quarter and brought home the second win in the last two games. 

Kimberly Rodriguez is a mass communication major. Information from B-CU Athletics was used in this story