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Howard Defeats Morehouse In AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Thriller

  • Written by The Atlanta Daily World
  • Published in Atlanta
   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Adding another thrilling chapter to their storied rivalry, Howard University defeated Morehouse College, 30-29, in the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic before 16,911 at RFK Stadium in D.C. on Sept 1. The game had eight lead changes, and featured a flurry of scoring in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.    Howard freshman quarterback Jamie Cunningham connected with David Wilson on a 13-yard scoring pass with 22 seconds left to give the Bison (1-0) its fifth straight victory in the all-time series with Morehouse (0-1). Cunningham, voted the game’s MVP, finished with 10-for-11 passing for 79 yards and the game-winning touchdown.   “Any time you get a big win like this, it feels really good,” said Howard head coach                Gary Harrell. “It’s about bragging rights and tradition. This was a great Classic and continues to push along the rivalry.”    Morehouse senior running back David Carter rushed for two touchdowns and finished the game with 121 yards on 34 carries. Carter is just 30 yards away from becoming the all-time leading rusher in school history.     Howard scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 14-10 at the half. The Maroon Tigers responded early in the second half, getting TD runs of one and two yards to give Morehouse a 23-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.     Cunningham, who entered the game midway through the third quarter, led Howard on a scoring drive to give the Bison a 24-23 lead with only two minutes left in the game.    And then the action really heated up. Morehouse hit right back, scoring on the first play of their next offensive possession with a 73-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Donnay Ragland to freshman receiver Devon Mann, retaking the lead 29-23.     Morehouse’s lead was short- lived however, as Cunningham marched Howard’s offense down the field for the game’s final score.

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