WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bethune-Cookman jumped out to a 14-0 and it was enough to get by Howard, 21-10 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Greene Stadium. It was the final regular season home game for the Bison.
Bethune-Cookman (5-5 overall, 4-3 in the MEAC) set the tone on its first possession when it put together a 6-play, 95-yard drive that was highlighted by a 78-yard pass to Ali Green and was capped off by a three-yard run by Jameil Mcleod.
"We knew coming in that it would be a battle and that it would be important to get off to a quick start against Howard," said Bethune-Cookman Coach Alvin Wyatt. "That first drive was very important."
The Wildcats would score their second touchdown following a blocked punt that gave them possession at the Bison 25-yard line. It took them just two plays with Daniel Rhodes weaving his way to a 19-yard TD run.
"We had some slight breakdowns in the first half defensively," said Howard Coach Carey Bailey.
The Bison (2-8 overall, 0-7 in the MEAC) had a chance to cut into the lead on a 12-play drive but the offense stalled and had to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Dennis Wiehberg to make the score, 14-3 at the half.
"We do not have enough plays being made at pivotal times," said Howard Coach Carey Bailey. "We don't start fast so it makes it difficult."
The Wildcats took the opening possession of the second half and drove 57 yards in six plays. The drive was capped off by a 12-yard burst by Fred McCaskil that upped the margin to 21-3 at the 11:26 mark of the third quarter.
Howard rallied and put together a 41-yard drive that was finished off by a 7-yard TD run by Terrance Leffall with 12:20 still remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Bison put together another drive two possessions later that would have cut into the deficit but quarterback Floyd Haigler fumbled on fourth down inside the Wildcats' one-yard line and Bethune-Cookman ran out the clock.
"Howard battled back, but our defense stood strong and we made a great goal line stand," said Wyatt.