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BALTIMORE – Coach Mike London and the Howard University football team rallied from an early double-digit deficit to down Morgan State (MSU), 35-26, at Hughes Stadium.how msu102018Howard soph Dedrick Parsons (31) scores the go ahead TD in Bison victory

With the victory, HU (3-3, 3-1 MEAC) improved to .500 on the season while grabbing back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

Morgan State's defense provided challenges throughout the night, but the Bison made big plays in clutch moments.

Offensively, Howard utilized a balance attack to rack up 473 total yards. HU mustered a season-best 260 yards on the ground while throwing for 213 in the air.

Sophomore Dedrick Parson  led the ground attack, amassing a career-high 148 rushing yards on 16 touches with a pair of TDs in the victory.

MSU jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, thanks to a 12-yard TD pass from DeAndre Harris to Xavier Gravette.

Late into the first quarter, sophomore signal caller Caylin Newton got HU on the board with 1-yard QB sneak, 10-6.

Early in the second, sophomore Bryan Cook recorded his first INT of the season for a 41-yard Pick Six, 12-10.

After reclaiming the advantage with a 30-yard FG, 13-12, Howard responded with a 10-play, 75 yard drive, capped off by a 13-yard TD run by senior Ricquaz Brannon.  20-13.

With less than a minute later, MSU closed out the half with a quick score and sliced the lead down to one at the break, 20-19.

After intermission, Morgan State re-established the upper hand off a turnover and cashed in with a 5-yard touchdown score, 26-20.

Early into the third, Morgan State's Joshua Chase had a chance to deliver the knock out blown and give the Bears a double-digit lead with a big TD run but Cook never gave up and forced a fumble resulting in a touchback. From that point on, the momentum swung in HU's favor.

Midway through the fourth, Parson slashed through Morgan State's defense with a 31-yard touchdown run and put HU ahead, 27-26.

With less than a minute remaining, Parson sealed the deal for Howard with a 26-yard TD and secured the Bison with back-to-back victories.

Defensively, junior Marcellos Allison had a team-best 11 tackles (nine solo), a pass breakup and QB hurry. Freshman Zamon Robinson added eight tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in the win.

~Howard Athletic Communications

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