WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brian Johnson's three touchdown passes and Dennis Wiehberg's 28-yard field goal gave Howard coach Carey Bailey his first victory, a 24-21 overtime win over Winston-Salem State on Saturday.
In overtime, Howard (1-3) stymied Winston-Salem State (2-3) with three straight sacks by Rudolph Hardie, Jarrett Burgess and James Robinson, and James Carter. The combo sack by Burgess and Robinson knocked Rams quarterback Monte Purvis from the game.
On fourth-and-42, Howard's Thomas Claiborne intercepted a pass from backup quarterback Jarrett Dunston.
Howard's Terry Perry then rushed for 20 yards on five carries to align Wiehberg for the game-winner. Perry finished with career-highs of 87 yards on 23 carries.
Johnson completed 20 of 35 passes for 251 yards, including touchdowns of 12 and 4 yards to Jarahn Williams, who has a career-high six touchdown receptions this season.
Freshman Xavier Fowler's 32-yard touchdown reception gave the Bison a 21-14 lead late in the third quarter. He also had a 53-yard catch-and-run that set up Howard's second touchdown.
Michael Scarbrough had six receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown for the Rams.