TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 8) - Howard University scored 29 fourth quarter points as they played the role of spoiler defeating FAMU 29-28, here Saturday afternoon at Bragg Memorial Stadium in the Rattlers' annual homecoming game.
FAMU would go into the break with a 21-0 lead as Lavante Page scored on a one-yard run with 9:52 left in the first. The Rattlers would score their next two TDs on a pair of TD passes by Damien Fleming as he connected with Anthony Ray from two-yards out with 1:32 left in the first, followed by an 18-yard TD strike to Kevin Elliott.
Howard would put seven points on the board as Aquanius Freeman scored on three-yard run, cutting the Rattlers' lead to 21-7, with 13:23 to go in the first.
The Bison would score three minutes later as Willie Carter scampered for 54 yards on a pass from Greg McGhee. Howard would miss the PAT, cutting FAMU's lead to 21-13.
The Rattlers special teams would set up FAMU's final TD of the game as Howard's long snapper snapped the ball over the punter's head and Rattlers recovered the ball on the Bison two-yard line.
Page would then score his second TD of the game on a two-yard run with 8:23 to in the fourth.
Howard would then scored 15 points in two minutes as they scored with 1:27 left in the game on a 10-yard pass to Brandon Drayton from McGhee, cutting FAMU's lead to 28-19
On the insuing kickoff, Howard would recover the onside kick on the FAMU 45, setting up the Bison's third TD on a one-yard run with 26 second left in the game, making the score 28-26 in favor of the Rattlers.
FAMU would get the ball on their own 30-yard line on an Edmond Baker faircatch. The Rattlers would then take a knee on their first play of the drive. Howard would then force a FAMU fumble with the Bison recovering the ball on the Rattler 15 yard line.
Howard's Williams would then rush to the FAMU eight-yard line. The Rattlers would be charged with an unsportsmanlike penalty as they called a timeout, after burning their last time out on their last drive, to ice the Bison kicker with seven seconds left in the game. That put the ball on the FAMU four-yard line.
The Bison would then win the game on a 21-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game.
FAMU (3-3, 2-2 MEAC ) was led by Fleming as he passed for 158 yard completing 13-of -16 passes with two TDs, while Lenworth Lennon led the Rattler receivers with 57 yard receiving on four catches.
Brandon Hepburn led the Rattler defense as he tallied a game high 14 tackles (10 UA, 4 Asst), one sack and three tackles for loss.
Howard (3-3, 2-2 MEAC) was paced by McGhee as he passed for 233 yard completing 20-of -47 passes with two TDs. Williams finished with 76 yards rushing on 11 carries with one TD.
Carter led the Bison receivers with 89 yards on six catches with one TD.
The Rattlers will return to action on Oct. 15 as they will travel to Savannah, Ga., to take on Savannah State at Ted Wright Stadium in a 7 p.m. kick.