TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 13) - Philip Sylvester rushed for the century mark for the fifth consecutive game as the Florida A&M University Football team held on for a 17-12 win over Hampton University, here Saturday afternoon at Bragg Memorial Stadium.
On their second possession of the game, Sylvester gave FAMU a 7-0 lead as he scored on a 79-yard run with 10:11 to go in the first quarter after the Trevor Scott made PAT.
Rodrigo Hernandez would cut FAMU’s lead to 7-3 on a 22-yard field goal capping a 10-play, 77-yard drive with 3:43 to go in the first quarter.
The Rattlers would go up 14-3 on an Austin Trainor five-yard run with 11:26 to go in the second quarter, capping a seven-play, 50-yard drive by FAMU.
Hernandez put three more points on the board for the Pirates as he connected on a 39-yard field goal with 6:48 to go in the second quarter, capping an eight-play, 39-yard drive by Hampton.
FAMU would go into the break with a 17-6 lead as Scott connected on a 25-yard field goal with 1:24 to go in the first half.
Hampton would score their final TD of the game on a 22-yard TD pass to Javaris Brown form David Legree with 9:28 to go in the game.
Once again FAMU was paced by Sylvester as he rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries, with his longest scamper being for a 79-yard TD.
Trainor in his second collegiate start of his career, finished the game with 156 yards passing, completing 14 passes in 31 attempts with one Interception.
Isaac West led the Rattler receivers as he tallied 65 yards on four catches with his longest reception being for 39 yards.
The dynamic duo of Demarius Fulsom and Alvis Graham led the Rattler defense as they both finished with seven tackles. Folsom, for the game, tallied 1.5 sacks for a loss of seven yards, while Graham recorded 1.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards.
Hampton’s David Legree finished the game with 349 total offensive yards to lead the Pirates as he rushed for 40 yards on 19 carries and passed for 299 yards through the air as he completed 18 passes in 38 attempts with a TD and two interceptions.
Javaris Brown led the Pirates receiving corps with a game-high 141 yards on eight catches with one TD.
Darius Johnson led Hampton’s defensive unit with nine tackles, while Ricardo Silva finished with seven.
Up next for the Rattlers will be MEAC leading Bethune-Cookman, who rolled to a 35-20 win over Howard University today in Washington. FAMU and B-CU will square off against each other on, Saturday, Nov. 20 in Orlando, Fla., at the Florida Citrus Bowl in a 2:30 p.m. start broadcast live on ESPN Classic.