Ypsilanti, MI- Eastern Michigan scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to come from behind and defeat Howard, 34-24 in a non-conference game at Rynearson Stadium. After the Bison (0-1) took a 24-13 lead on a Greg McGhee one-yard sneak, the Eagles (1-0) woke up and seized control of the game.
First EMU put together an eight-play, 73-yard drive that was capped off by Bronson Hill’s two-yard run. That narrowed the margin to 24-20 with 1:05 left in the third quarter.
Howard then helped the Eagles’ cause when McGhee was intercepted by Sean Kurtz who returned it to the Howard 15-yard line. It took EMU four plays as Hill scored untouched from three yards out to give the hosts a 27-24 lead with 12:31 in the fourth quarter.
The Bison, who had put together three long scoring drives, were suddenly unable to get anything going and the Eagles were content to use the running of Hill (28 carries, 101 yards, 2 TDs) and Darius Jackson (7 carries, 64 yards) and the short passing game of Tyler Benz (19 of 26, 210 yards, 2 TDs) to work time off the clock.