WASHINGTON -- Brandon Flanagan's 42-yard punt return helped Howard take a third-quarter lead and the Bison withstood a late Florida A&M drive to win 17-10 Saturday.
Flanagan's return put Howard (4-1, 3-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) at the Rattlers 14 and Greg McGhee's 1-yard run made it 17-10.
McGhee's 31-yard pass to David Wilson put Howard ahead 10-7 with 1:02 left until halftime, but the Rattlers (2-4, 2-1) tied it in the third quarter on Chase Varnadore's 34-yard field goal. That score was set up by Lenworth Lennon's 39-yard punt return, followed by a facemask penalty.
Florida A&M started its final drive at its 2 and moved to the Howard 6 with 6 seconds left on nine Damien Fleming completions. Fleming couldn't find Michael Ethridge on his next two tries, however, as time ran out.
Fleming completed 26 of 41 for 228 yards and a touchdown but was sacked five times.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
|North Carolina A&T||7-1||10-2|
|North Carolina Central||7-1||8-3|
|South Carolina State||6-2||7-4|