NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 23) – The Florida A&M University Football played the role of spoiler as they defeated Norfolk State, 17-13 on their homecoming, here Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium
Trevor Scott would give FAMU a 3-0 lead as he connected on a 28-yard field goal with 13:09 remaining in the first quarter as the Rattlers recovered a NSU’s Dwight Fluker-Berry fumble on the kickoff.
Dante Barnes gave the NSU a 7-3 lead as scored on a 68-yard interception return with 5:54 to go in the first quarter, after the Ryan Estep PAT
Estep increased the Spartans lead as he connected on a 42-yard field goal with 7:07 to go in the first half, giving NSU a 10-3 lead.
FAMU was able to tie the game at 10-10 as Martin Ukpai scored on a one-yard run with 17 seconds left to go in the half, after the Scott made PAT.
Estep gave NSU a 13-10 as he connected on a 26-yard field goal with 43.9 second left in the third quarter, capping an 11-play, 31-yard drive for the Spartans.
FAMU would score their final TD of the game for the win on a Philip Sylvester 10-yard run with 6:21 to go in the game, give the Rattlers a 17-13 lead, after the Scott PAT, capping a 13-play, 98-yard drive.
Sylvester led the Rattler ground attack for the second week in a row as he rushed for 130 yards on 23 carries with one TD.
Martin Ukpai finished the game with 130 total offense as he passed for 103 yards completing eight passes in 15 attempts with one interception and rushed for 27 carries on eight carries with a TD.
Kevin Elliott led the Rattler receiving Corp as he tallied 84 yards on three receptions, followed by Antonio “T.J.” Lawrence with 25 yards on two receptions.
DeAngelo Branche led the Spartans rushing attack as he rushed for 89 yards on 26 carries with his longest carry being for 20 yards.
Tallahassee local Chris Walley from North Florida Christian was the NSU’s signal caller as he passed for 140 yards completing 11 passes in 16 attempts. In addition, Walley rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries as he total 202 yards of total offense.
Marvin Ross and Willie Ferrell led the Rattler defense as they both finished with nine total take downs. Ross tallied six solos and three assisted tackles, while Ferrell garnered three solos tackles and six assisted tackles and recorded 0.5 tackles for a loss of two yards.
Fluker and Corwin Hammond led the Spartan defense as they both recorded eight tackles on the day. Fluker finished the game with six solo tackles and two assisted tackles, while Harmon had four unassisted and four assisted tackle with two tackles for a loss of three yards.
The Rattlers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 30 as the FAMU will host Morgan State for homecoming at 3 p.m., Bragg Memorial Stadium.
Philip Sylvester became FAMU’s fifth all-time leading rusher as he surpassed Kenneth Williams (1996-99) with 2,421 yards.
FAMU has won the last 12 of the 13 meetings against Norfolk State.