Johnson C. Smith found its will to win Saturday.
The Golden Bulls overcame an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit in a 37-31 overtime win against Edward Waters (Fla.) in their home opener. Smith (1-2) trailed 28-10 when the Bulls went to work behind quarterback Carlton Richardson and receiver Jeremy Franklin. Richardson (20-of-32, 339 yards, 2 touchdowns) hooked up with Franklin on a 9-yard pass that put Smith on top 31-28 with 4 minutes, 21 seconds left. He completed the comeback with a 1-yard plunge on the Bulls' only overtime possession.
“In the first half, we weren't playing behind each other,” said Richardson. “Coach (Daryl McNeill) told us at halftime to look at him – he wasn't frustrated, so he was asking us why we were frustrated. We calmed our heads down and got behind one another. We just became a better team in the second half.”
Franklin, who caught 10 passes for a career-high 237 yards and three scores, did his share, pulling the Bulls within a field goal on a 27-yard strike from Joshua Battle with 8:55 left. Linebacker Michael Morgan set up the go-ahead score with an interception of Mike McKinzie's pass and return to the Tigers' 27.
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