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Howard wins inaugural Nation's Football Classic

On December 31, 1969

  • Howard University President Sidney Ribeau celebrates the NFC victory with the football team. Freddie Allen/DMVAS/District Chroniclesa
  • Freshman QB No. 7 Greg McGhee won MVP honors for his performance with 3 TDs, 248 passing yards, and 46 rushing yards. Freddie Allen/DMVAS/District Chroniclesa

Greg McGhee threw for three touchdowns and the defense came up with the big plays down the stretch to lead Howard University to a thrilling 30-27 win over Morehouse College in the First Annual Nation's Football Classic at RFK Stadium before 18,049.

The Maroon Tigers (1-1) jumped on top early when sophomore quarterback Donnay Ragland connected with senior wide receiver Derrick Hector from 18 yards in the first quarter.

McGhee engineered an 81-yard drive that took eight plays and used 3:14 off the clock. The drive was capped off with a 39-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Willie Carter down the left sideline. It was McGhee's first career TD pass.

In the third quarter Morehouse junior running back David Carter burst through the right side of the Howard defense and raced 81 yards to give his team a 20-9 lead. It would be last time the Maroon Tigers made it to the end zone.

Howard scored twice in the fourth to take a commanding 10 point lead. Late in the fourth quarter, defensive tackle Corey Berry came up with a big sack for a seven-yard loss and senior cornerback Lanny Kelly picked off his second interception of the game to seal the win for the Bison, who snapped a seven-game losing streak, dating back to last season. Compiled from HUSID


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