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Howard Defeats Morehouse in AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Thriller

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Adding another thrilling chapter to their storied rivalry, Howard defeated Morehouse, 30-29, in the second annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ before 16,911 at RFK Stadium. The game had eight lead changes, and featured a flurry of scoring in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.

Howard freshman quarterback Jamie Cunningham connected with David Wilson on a 13-yard scoring pass with 22 seconds left to give the Bison (1-0) its’ fifth straight victory in the all-time series with Morehouse (0-1). Cunningham, voted the game’s Most Valuable Player, finished 10-for-11 for 79 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

“Any time you get a big win like this, it feels really good,” said Howard Head Coach Gary Harrell. “It’s about bragging rights and tradition. This was a great Classic and continues to push along the rivalry.”

Morehouse senior running back David Carter rushed for two touchdowns and finished the game with 121 yards on 34 carries. Carter is just 30 yards away from becoming the all-time leading rusher in school history.

Howard scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 14-10 at the half. The Maroon Tigers responded early in the second half, getting TD runs of one and two yards to give Morehouse a 23-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Cunningham, who entered the game midway through the third quarter, led Howard on a scoring drive to give the Bison a 24-23 lead with only two minutes left in the game.

And then the action really heated up. Morehouse hit right back, scoring on the first play of their next offensive possession with a 73-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Donnay Ragland to freshman receiver Devon Mann, retaking the lead 29-23.

Morehouse’s lead was shortlived as Cunningham marched Howard’s offense down the field for the game’s final score.

Celebrities, elected officials, university dignitaries, students, fans and alumni participated in a weekend full of activities from Thursday through Sunday, including the Presidential Symposium, AT&T Kickoff Rally, Howard vs. Morehouse Student Debate, HBCU Alumni Mixer, the Pepsi® Fan Festival and Chapel Service.

Prior to the game, WE tv’s Tamar Braxton, star of the upcoming new series “TAMAR & VINCE,” sang the national anthem while D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and BET’s T.J. Holmes participated in the ceremonial coin toss.

Fans packed the pre-game Pepsi® Fan Festival on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. Performances on the AT&T Soundstage included legendary hip hop stars Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, go-go group Black Alley Band, Naj Murph & Sweet Release and Marcus Canty, from the first season of X Factor. Other highlights on the soundstage included the Old School – New School DJ Finals with DJ Eddie F and Kenny Burns, V103 host and D.C. native. Actors Laz Alonso, a Howard grad, and Lamman Rucker made appearances at the Events DC booth.

 

Tamar Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”), star of the upcoming WE tv reality series “TAMAR & VINCE,” sings the national anthem prior to the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Alan Lessig

 

Freshman quarterback Jamie Cunningham (#12) of Howard was named Most Valuable Player of the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Delane Rouse

 

Howard head coach Gary Harrell and team celebrate after winning the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic 30-29 over Morehouse on Saturday, Sept. 1 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.  Photo Credit: Alan Lessig

 

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Morehouse College website: www.morehouse.edu

Contacts: 
Teri Washington, Events DC: (202) 494-5737 
Courtney Eiland, Events DC: (202) 608-1140 
Lisa Milner/ Bryant Mortimer, Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500

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About the AT&T Nation's Football Classic™
The AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ is a black college football game held annually at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. This year, the game features Howard University against Morehouse College. Organized by Events DC, the AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience, recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of historically black colleges and universities, highlight the unity of African American culture, and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions.