Tallahassee, FL -- The final score did not dictate how FAMU competed against one of the top teams in college football.
Quarterback Austin Trainor says, "We took a lot of things away from the USF game, nobody really expected us to win any ways. We went out there and we fought offensively."
Joe Taylor adds, "We're looking at this as an outstanding preseason and now it's time to get into our real season."
That begins this Saturday in the Georgia Dome with the Atlanta Classic.
"It's always great to play in the Atlanta Classic. With all the greats that came through FAMU and played in that game, it's always great to show our fans and step on the field," adds John Williams, a senior linebacker.
Over 50 thousand fans had filled the Dome for the Classic every game since 2000, providing almost a professional type atmosphere.
"We love to play for our fans and we love to watch us play and that works hand in hand and they travel with us and they show us a lot of love," adds D.J. Folsom, a senior linebacker.
"We use that for our recruiting purposes," Taylor adds. "The young men know that coming to FAMU, they're going to get that experience."
For the first time in the Classic's history the Rattler will not be lining up against Tennessee State.
Southern replaces the Tigers, renewing an old rivalry with the Jaguars.
"It should be a pretty good one," adds senior safety Greg Harvey. "I mean they're coming out with the same type of offense, a spread offense. They like to air it out a lot."
The last time the two met was in 2008 with the Rattlers winning a shoot out 52-49.