TOWSON, MD., OCT. 10 -- All the pistons that had been firing sharply for one year for Howard University's football team misfired tonight as the nation's longest Division I-AA winning streak came to an end.

The Bison, who entered the game leading I-AA in total offense, were held to 286 yards below their average as their winning streak was stopped at 10 games by Towson State, 30-14, before 4,718 at Minnegan Stadium.

The Tigers (2-2), who moved up to I-AA this season after making the Division II playoffs three of the past four seasons, last week defeated then-No. 3-ranked Maine, 17-14.

Towson State's redshirt freshman quarterback, Chris Goetz, completed 25 of 38 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns tonight.

David Meggett, who received a chance to play only after Towson's top two tailbacks went down with injuries in the first two games, rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. He also caught a 35-yard touchdown pass despite double coverage.

Howard (3-1) stayed close for three quarters despite constant breakdowns on its offensive line. Tailback Harvey Reed extended his streak to 11 games with at least 100 yards rushing as he gained 155 yards, including touchdowns of 64 and two yards.

However, Reed gained 105 yards in the first quarter and was hardly a factor after that. He carried only six times for 33 yards in the second half as Howard struggled, and failed, to find other weapons that would be effective.

The nation's leading rusher with 187 yards per game prior to tonight, Reed had averaged 7.9 yards per rush. The Tigers, however, stopped him 12 times for gains of four yards or less.

"They are really a one-dimensional team. It's just Harvey Reed," said Towson State senior nose guard Randy Morris, who was chiefly responsible for causing chaos among Howard's offensive line. "We felt if we controlled him, and made them throw the ball. It just wasn't their game. But, I guess, after winning 10 in a row they thought they were invincible."

Howard quarterback Lee DeBose failed to complete his first nine passes. His first completion, a four-yarder to fullback Ronnie Epps, came with 7:41 remaining and Howard desperately trying to rally from a 24-14 deficit. He completed two of 10 for 19 yards before leaving late in the fourth quarter with an apparent bruised left shoulder.

"We can throw the ball with the best of them," said Howard Coach Willie Jeffries. "But not if we don't get the blocking."

"Towson State outtoughed us tonight in key situations. They didn't do anything that other people haven't tried against us, but we just didn't block their inside people, especially the nose guard No. 95 {Morris}. He caused us problems the whole ball game."

Goetz also spelled trouble for the Bison, as have most quarterbacks who can throw just adequately. But unlike most other times during the winning streak, Howard could not stop Goetz from making plays that kept drives alive.

With the score tied at 7 following Reed's 64-yard touchdown and Meggett's scoring reception, Goetz gave Towson a 14-7 lead on a 22-yard pass to John Gunnels.

Brian Dick, playing this week after three players, including kicker Kenny King, were suspended for one game for disciplinary reasons, gave Towson a 17-7 lead on a 42-yard field goal. Reed made it 17-14 on a two-yard pitchout right with 10 seconds left in the half.

Goetz set up Meggett's two-yard touchdown run, for a 24-14 lead with 8:43 remaining, with a 21-yard pass to fullback Scott Wilkins for a first down at the Howard 2.

Goetz threw a nine-yard swing pass, for a first down at the 2, which was followed by another two-yard Meggett touchdown for the game's final score. That series was set up by Dan Harris' block of John Harvell's punt.

"{Howard} changed its defense from what we had seen on films," said Goetz. "We thought they would give us the outside, but they took that away and we just took everything down the middle. Plus, our backs were always there to dump off to whenever I needed them."

Coach Phil Albert, who has compiled a 16-year record against I-AA opponents of 18-13-1, said Howard's pregame image wore off quickly.

"I don't think we had a first down on our first two series {they earned one}, but we felt good about what we did and the kids starting getting confident," he said. "Our kids are used to playing in big ball games, and after losing our first two this year, I thought we would bounce back."

Bouncing back is now the chore facing Howard, which last lost to South Carolina State on Sept. 27, 1986.

"We can't let it get us down," said Jeffries. "I think we will bounce back starting with Virginia State next week. We have to go out and start another streak."

Howard 7 7 0 0 14 Towson State 0 14 3 13 30

H -- Reed 64 run (Harvell kick)

T -- Meggett 35 pass from Goetz (Dick kick)

T -- Gunnels 22 pass from Goetz (Dick kick)

T -- FG Dick 42

H -- Reed 2 run (Harvell kick)

T -- Meggett 2 run (Dick kick)

T -- Meggett 2 run (kick failed)

A -- 4,718 Howard Towson St. First downs 14 25 Rushes-yards 67-259 32-105 Passing yards 56 319 Return yards 148 59 Passing 3-13-2 25-38-0 Punts-average 4-25.2 3-30.3 Fumbles-lost 2-1 4-1 Penalties-yards 12-106 11

RUSHING -- Howard: Reed 22-155, Epps 11-45, DeBose 18-34, Javis 3-17, Killings 2-8. Towson St.: Meggett 18-

PASSING -- Howard: DeBose 2-10-1, 19 yards, Brown 1-3-1, 37. Towson St.: Goetz 25-38-0, 319.

RECEIVING -- Howard: Kyles 1-15, Epps 1-4, Faison 1-37. Towson St.: Meggett 8-107, Wilkins 5-58, Chipps 3-5