The loss denied Florida A&M (6-3, 5-1) from clinching the automatic bid to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, but the Rattlers can still claim it with a win over rival Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 17.
Florida A&M took an early 7-0 lead when Azende Rey ran it in from 3-yards out after a brief three-play, 15-yard drive that was set up when Elijah Watkins intercepted Caylin Newton on the game's first play.
Newton responded and led a six-play, 65-yard drive that ended with his 22-yard touchdown pass to Jequez Ezzard before the 2-point conversion attempt failed. After forcing the Rattlers to punt, Newton again helped march Howard (4-4, 4-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic) -this time on an eight-play, 60-yard drive - and the Bison led the rest of the way.
Newton finished with 172 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ryan Stanley led Florida A&M with 281 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
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