Howard (5-3, 4-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) won its third straight and fourth in its last five outings. The victory snapped a 15-year drought against South Carolina State. SC State had won the last 12 meetings.
The Bulldogs fumbled on their opening drive and Howard wasted little time capitalizing, with Jason Collins hitting Ezzard for a 31-yard score on a double reverse.
SC State cut the Howard lead to 21-13 on Tyler Scandrett's 36-yard field goal in the third quarter, but Howard answered with an 11-play, 52-yard drive capped by Da'Vaun Johnson's eight yard run to give the Bison a 28-13 advantage.
The Bulldugs (2-6, 1-5) scored when Alex Brown returned a blocked Howard punt 55 yards for a score with 5:01 left.
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Former Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier will be coming back to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
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