Walley, Defense Combine To Lead Norfolk State To Win Over Howard
Washington, DC—September 17--Norfolk State rode the
efforts of Chris Walley, who passed for 239
yards and two touchdowns and a stingy second half defense that limited Howard to one touchdown enroute to a 23-9 win in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Greene Stadium.
Walley, a senior, engineered three second half drives that would
be all that the Spartans would
need as the defense limited the Bison offense to a third quarter field goal. Mixing up the plays with runs to the outside and up the middle and a short passes underneath, Walley put together drives of 47, 87
and 64 yards that accounted for the 13 second half points.
“We didn’t do a good job as a team and that was
discouraging,” said Howard first year head
coach Gary Harrell. “We made some mistakes and to their credit, Norfolk State found two or three plays that proved to be the difference.”
The Bison (1-2, 0-1 in the MEAC) had opportunities throughout
the game. The defense forced
five NSU fumbles, but failed to recover any of them.
“We just have to take advantage of those
opportunities,” lamented Harrell. “If we could have
gotten some of those, it may have been a different outcome.”
Norfolk State (2-1, 1-0 in the MEAC) began to assert itself with
its veteran defense and
methodical offense. When it failed to score touchdowns, it turned to its dependable kicking game which converted on all three field goal attempts including a 51-yard career best by Goldberg. Ryan Estep, the other half of NSU kicking game, hit the other two from 32 and 38 yards, making the Spartans a perfect 9 for 9 on the season.
Greg McGhee, the Howard freshman quarterback led all rushers
with 100 yards on 14 carries
and passed for 118 yards but he attempted 38 passes, completing 18.
“They didn’t do anything different than from our
last game,” said McGhee. “They just dropped
more people in coverage.”
“Norfolk State did a good job mixing things up,”
added Harrell. “They forced Greg to throw the
ball quicker than he wanted to and it resulted it in some hurried throws. We were trying to stretch the
field. We have to learn to be more patient and take the short gain.”
The Howard offense was unable to get the ball to their playmaker
Willie Carter. After scoring
two TDs in last week’s victory and averaging six catches per game, the senior was limited to two catches,
both coming in the fourth quarter.
“We know that he is their go-to guy,” said Norfolk
State Coach Pete Adrian. “We were able to
do a good job of finding where he was.”
He continued, “Howard was very well prepared. We knew it
was going to be a hard battle. The
turnovers were the key and we were able to get out of here with the win.”
The Spartans used seven different runners to gain 134 rushing
yards who Walley spread the
wealth among seven different receivers.
McGhee led all rushers with 100 yards. Terrance Leffall and
Brandon Flanagan each had four
receptions for the Bison.
NEXT UP: Norfolk State will travel to Charleston, SC to take on
Charleston Southern next Saturday at
1:30 pm while the Bison will travel to the East Rutherford, NJ to take on the Bears of Morgan State
University in the New York Urban League Classic next Saturday at the New Giants Stadium in
Meadowlands at 4 pm