Tallahassee, Fla -- Week one for FAMU provided more drama than the Rattlers anticipated.
"They came in here playing like it was the Super Bowl and they were full faculty," says head coach Joe Taylor.
A win is a win but the Rattlers know they left a lot out on the field that could have avoided what almost was a loss.
"For the most part we did what we wanted to, we just left a lot of big plays out on the field," adds Austin Trainor. "I could have thrown two or three more touchdown passes. I just put the ball right past the fingertips of my receivers."
"We're not really to much worried, we just understand that we have to focus more on playing more discipline," adds safety John Ojo.
The biggest improvements come between weeks one and two. For the Rattlers there isn't much down time. They open conference play Thursday night at Hampton.
"We have to be 100 percent on everything. No mental mistakes, clean up all the penalties," adds Lenworth Lennon. "We just need to get ready as a team."
For Joe Taylor it will be his second trip to Armstrong Stadium as a visitor. His last visit was one he'd wish to forget that ended with a 25-0 Pirates win.
Taylor adds, "Well they let me know how much they didn't want to see me go. They kind of beat up on us up there. Whenever you have lofty goals you got to find a way to control those distractions and what it takes to be successful."
They'll get a chance to showcase that to the the country Thursday night.