FAMU Rattlers Shut Out Savannah State

By: Press Release Email
By: Press Release Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 16) - Philip Sylvester rushed for 153 yards on 18 carries scoring two TDs as the Florida A&M University Football team rolled to a 31-0 win over provisional Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member Savannah State, here Saturday evening at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

The Rattlers scored their first two TDs of the game on the very first play of the drive as Sylvester scored on a 69-yard rush with 14:34 to go in the second quarter, giving FAMU a 7-0 lead after the Trevor Scott PAT.

FAMU took a 10-0 lead into the break as Scott connected on a 29-yard field goal as time expired off of the clock, capping an eight-play, 68-yard drive for the Rattlers.

On the Rattlers first possession of the second half, Antonio Lawrence to a FAMU reverse 58 yards for a TD on their very first play from scrimmage, increasing the Rattler lead to 17-0 with 12:15 to go in the third quarter.

Sylvester would score his second TD o f the game on a five-yard run with 7:47 to in the third quarter, giving FAMU a 24-0 lead, after the Scott PAT.

Lavante Page would score FAMU’s final TD of the game on a 11-yard scamper with 13:31 to go in the game, giving FAMU a 31-0 win, capping a 12-play, 66-yard drive, taking 5:32 off of the clock.

Lawrence finished the game with 63 yards rushing on two carries, with a TD, while Martin Ukpai also rushed for 63 yards on 11 carries. In addition, Page had eight carries for 49 yards and a TD.

Ukpai led the aerial attack for the Rattlers as he passed for 64 yards, by completing eight passes in 13 attempts.

Brandon Holdren led the Rattler special teams unit as he tallied 273 yards on six boots to average 45.5 yards per punt.

Demarius Folsom led the FAMU defense as he finished the game with eight tackles (6 solo, 2 asst), 0.5 sacks for a loss of four yard and 1.0 tackle for a loss of six yards. Behind him was Shutt with five tackles, 1.0 sack for a loss of 13 yards.

Sheldon Barnes led the Savannah State’s ground attack as he rushed for 109 yards on 14 carries with his longest carry being for 40 yards.

Antonio Bostick the Tigers signal caller finished the game with 36 yards passing as he completed six passes in 21 attempts.

Both Sadrak Jeanbaptiste and Chris Asbury finished the game with eight tackles each. Jeanbaptiste finished the game with six solos and two assisted tackles, while Asbury tallied four solos tackles and four assisted with 0.5 tackle for a loss of three yards.

The Rattlers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 23 as they will travel Norfolk, Va., to take on Norfolk State University in a MEAC matchup at Dick Price Stadium in a 2 p.m., start .

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