Howard's football team can only hope every game is this easy.

Harvey Reed broke his own school record by rushing for 260 yards and the Bison dominated in virtually every facet yesterday in defeating visiting Newberry College, 45-0, before an estimated opening-day crowd of 9,500 at Greene Stadium.

Howard's eighth straight victory, which included three touchdowns by senior tailback Reed and two by his backup, sophomore Fred Killings, was Howard's biggest shutout victory since a 56-0 defeat of Fisk in 1926.

Reed's 24 carries included touchdown runs of 77, 35 and one yard as the Bison totaled 615 offensive yards, eight shy of the school record. Killings, who rushed for 99 yards on 11 carries, scored on runs of 14 and 11 yards.

Newberry, an NAIA school from South Carolina, is 0-2 and without a touchdown this season. The Indians' only scoring threat came following the opening kickoff, but Mike Hiller missed badly on a 31-yard field goal attempt.

"It might have ended up easy, but we needed a game like this," said Howard Coach Willie Jeffries, who will find out if his team can live up to its high preseason billing when it meets Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State over the next two weeks.

On a humid day that saw the game end in a torrential downpour, Howard's offensive and defensive lines, whose starters average 280 and 270 pounds, respectively, easily pushed around the Indians, whose biggest player is listed at 270 pounds. And throughout the game, Newberry became a victim of studying too many Howard films.

"Our game plan was to run the perimeter option, but they brought their people up on the outside," Jeffries said. "{Quarterback Lee DeBose} had to audible a lot to get the sprint draw through the middle. He called so many audibles, we had to change our live number {in the signals} because when he called it, they knew what was coming."

The Indians had trouble stopping even what they knew Howard would run. The Bison averaged 9.3 yards per offensive play.

"They were blitzing on our strong side because they knew from watching films, we usually run on the side of our tight end," said Reed, who had two front teeth loosened when hit by an elbow at the end of the first half. "But we just kept calling audibles and going to the weak side."

Reed, who rushed for 245 yards against Norfolk State last year, finished the game 235 yards short of the MEAC career rushing mark of 3,124 held by Delaware State's Gene Lake. He needs four rushing touchdowns to break Lake's league record of 33.

"Deep down, I want to set some records to the point that the next guy at Howard has to work real hard to break them," said Reed.

Howard tight end Jim Johnson did not set any records, but the junior had his best day, catching five passes for 71 yards. He also had a 26-yard touchdown reception called back on a holding call.

It was one of the few mistakes Howard's offensive line, which is calling itself "The Fat Boys," made all day.

"We pushed them around and we wore them down," said Bison center Dwight Brunson. "I don't think it was as much easy as it was that we just played that good."

Newberry Coach Clay Johnson said it was apparent his team was in trouble early.

"I think their size intimidated us," said Johnson, "and once they got the lead, well, in the coaching business, you can smell it. They just went after us and we got discouraged."

Howard 7 17 21 0 45 Newberry 0 0 0 0 0 First Quarter

H -- DeBose 1 run (Harzell kick)Second Quarter

H -- FG Harzell 23

H -- Killings 14 run (Harzell kick)

H -- Reed 1 run (Harzell kick)Third Quarter

H -- Killings 11 run (Harzell kick)

H -- Reed 35 run (Harzell kick)

H -- Reed 77 run (Mossop kick)

A -- 9,500 Newberry Howard First downs 15 28 Rushes-yards 46-157 50-448 Passing 136 167 Return yards 0 22 Passing 8-23-0 11-16-0 Punts-average 6-36.3 1-31 Fumbles lost 4-1 3-2 Penalties-yards 8-47

RUSHING -- Newberry: Bellamy 6-minus 3, Jones 12-47, Shuler 4-4, Clinkscales 5-31, Moultrie 10-35, Dupree 8

PASSING -- Newberry: Bellamy 7-20-0, 129 yards, Dupree 1-3-0, 7. Howard: DeBose 10-12-0, 152, Javis 0-1-0,

RECEIVING -- Newberry: Spigner 5-101, Moultrie 1-7, Taylor 1-17, Clinkscales 1-11. Howard: Johnson 5-71, Ha