- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 27, 2002

Howard avenged last year's 46-point blowout loss to North Carolina A&T; yesterday as junior running back Jay Colbert scored on a 9-yard run with 1:46 left to give the Bison a 20-16 victory before 3,250 at Greene Stadium.
"We did a good job putting pressure on their quarterback and forcing them to make mistakes," Howard coach Ray Petty said. "Donald Clark did a good job of not panicking and throwing the ball well."
Trailing 16-12 late in the fourth quarter, the Bison (4-3, 2-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) began the game-winning drive from their own 22. The touchdown was set up when Clark, who was constantly harassed all afternoon by a pesky A&T; defense, passed for 33 yards to wide-open Darryl Nunn, putting the Bison at the Aggies' 17.
After pass interference against A&T;, Colbert scampered down the left sideline to score and give the Bison their first lead. He also added a two-point conversion run.
"They have a fast defense, and I just wanted them to overpursue me," Colbert said.
The Aggies had one last chance to pull out the victory, advancing to the Howard 37, But the threat ended when freshman quarterback Marshall Glenn threw an incomplete pass for Kenny Perry in the end zone on fourth down as time expired.
"The last drive had great play-calling," said Clark, who threw for 215 yards but was sacked five times. "The key was getting first downs and finally getting our coverage right."
Despite inconsistent offensive production in the second half, A&T; (3-5, 1-2) gave the Bison plenty of opportunities to capitalize on their 18 penalties for 148 yards.
Aggies coach Bill Hayes offered his displeasure after the game.
"I though we played real hard, but I continue to stress that we can't commit so many penalties and expect to win," he said. "We have to play much smarter."
The visitors took a 3-0 second-quarter lead on a 24-yard field goal by Pat Simcox. Early in the third quarter, D'Brian Hudgins broke loose for a 55-yard score up the middle to help make it 10-0.
Howard finally scored on Clark's 26-yard pass to Kevin Simmonds, cutting the deficit to 10-6. But Hudgins, who rushed for 127 yards on 21 carries, returned the kickoff 84 yards to boost A&T;'s lead to 16-6.
Colbert's 13-yard run five seconds into the final period cut Howard's deficit to 16-12 and set the stage for his game-winning touchdown. Colbert finished with 86 yards on 22 carries.
Simmonds, who played poorly against Florida A&M; and Morgan State the previous two weeks, had a solid game with 100 yards receiving on eight catches. He has seven touchdown catches for the season.


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