Tallahassee, FL -- FAMU was able to avoid a letdown after its homecoming loss to Howard and responded by thrashing the Tigers of Savannah State 47-7.
"We measure greatness by how you respond to adversity and in my mind we really passed a major test," says Joe Taylor.
One exam to be followed by another. FAMU travels to South Carolina State this weekend in a game which the losers championship dreams will practically be erased.
Taylor adds, "The bottom line is it's still a conference ballgame. We're on the road but from the way we play I'm really not concerned with the opponent anymore because seemingly we have our act together."
The Rattlers will look to end a losing streak to the Bulldogs that spans eight games over the past 10 years.
Taylor adds, "From the mid 2000s up until last year pretty much dominated this conference. They are the team."
This game has effected who represents the MEAC in the FCS playoffs. The Rattlers have not made the playoffs since 2001. The same year that FAMU last beat the Bulldogs.
Taylor adds, " I'm sure there are some residual motivating factors in some peoples minds but I think for the most part the motivating factor is simply it's a conference ball game and our backs are against the wall."