WASHINGTON -- Winless Morgan State, allowing 30 consecutive first-half points, proved a perfect tonic to lift Howard University out of a three-game losing streak yesterday at Greene Memorial Stadium, as the Bison registered a 49-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory.
It was the seventh straight victory for Howard (6-3, 3-1) in the traditional rivalry that Morgan leads, 32-21-3. The Golden Bears dropped to 0-10 overall and 0-6 in the MEAC, with their season finale at Cheyney State.
Howard had had consecutive, turnover-marred losses to Virginia State, North Carolina A&T and Towson State, and head coach Steve Wilson decided to go with freshman quarterback Chris Dubose against Morgan. Dubose passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
After Morgan had shocked the MEAC's top defense with the first score of the game on a 36-yard touchdown pass from David Partin to Tony James midway through the first quarter, Dubose took over.
Dubose took just five plays to pull the Bison even, connecting with wide receiver Mike Caswell for a 57-yard touchdown pass after rolling away from the Morgan defensive pressure. Gary Mossop's extra point made it 7-7 with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first quarter, and the rest of the half was dominated by the Bison.
"Once Morgan scored, we started throwing, and that's what we wanted to do coming into the game," Dubose said. "Things came together with the passes, and then the running game also became a factor."
Dubose, who finished the first half with 182 yards passing, sparked the go-ahead scoring drive with a 53-yard pass to Gary Harrell and finished the drive with an 11-yard pass to Handy Miles with 14:22 left in the second quarter.
Howard added the next two touchdowns on runs of 43 and 2 yards by fullback Ryan Heathcock. Heathcock got 78 of his 106 yards in the first half. The Bison was without injured leading rusher J.J. Carpenter.