GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 3) - North Carolina A&T snapped their nine-game losing streak to the Florida A&M Football Team as the Aggies defeated the Rattlers 16-3 in a defensive battle, here Saturday afternoon at Aggie Stadium.
North Carolina A&T raises their record to 5-4 and 3-3 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, whereas FAMU lowers their record to 3-6 overall and 3-3 in MEAC play. FAMU will suffer the first losing season since the 2007 season, where the Rattlers finished 3-8 under then head football coach Rubin Carter.
Landis Shoffner set up North Carolina A&T's first score of the game as he blocked a Branden Holdren punt on the FAMU 18-yard line. N.C. A&T's D'Vonte Grant would return the blocked punt to the FAMU 11-yard line. The FAMU defense would hold the Aggies offense in the red zone as they gave up a 27-yard field goal by Zack Cimaglia with 11:14 left in the first, giving N.C. A&T, a 3-0 lead.
N.C. A& T increased their lead to 6-0 as Cimaglia connected on his second field goal of the game from 30-yards out with 1:15 to go in the first quarter, capping a nine-play, 49-yard drive, by the Aggies.
Chase Varnadore would score their points of the game with 24 seconds left in the second quarter, as he connected on a 19-yard field goal, capping an 18-play, 81-yard drive, taking 9:38 off the clock.
Cimaglia would add a third field goal on the day for the Aggies as he connected from 33-yards out, giving N.C. A&T a 9-3 lead with 10:38 to go in the game, capping a nine-play, 40-yard drive by the Aggies, taking just 4:16 off the clock. N.C. A&T would score, just 20 seconds later as Grant intercepted a Tyler Bass for a "pick six" from 35 yards out, increasing the Aggies' to a 16-3 lead with 10:20 left in the game, after the Cimaglia PAT.
FAMU finished the contest with 70 total yards rushing on 29 carries, as Eddie Rocker tallied 42 of them on 16 carries and Bass finished with 29 of them on six carries. Bass in his first collegiate as a FAMU quarterback, passed for 183 yards as he completed 26 passes in 36 attempts with one interception.
Lenworth Lennon led the Rattler receivers with 63 yards on 10 catches, followed by Travis Harvey with six catches for 56 yards.
Defensively FAMU was led by Devan Roberts as he collected seven tackles (5 solos, 2 asst), while Padric Scott, Brandon Hepburn and Michael Ducre finished with six tackles each.
N.C. A&T was led by Mike Mayhew as he rushed for a team-high 92 yards on 23 carries.
Kwashaun Quick led the Aggies passing attack as he completed four passes in seven attempts for 40 yards.
Cimaglia finished the contest with three field goals as he connected from 33, 30 and 27 yards out to account for nine of the Aggies' 16 points.
FAMU will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 as they will host North Carolina Central for homecoming and senior day to close their 2012 home football schedule at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.
N.C. A&T snapped their nine-game losing streak to Florida A&M...The last North Carolina A&T defeated FAMU was during the 2003 season, when current Associate Head Coach George Small served as head of coach of his alma-mater.
In addition, the Rattlers had their three-game win streak snapped against N.C. A&T in Greensboro, N.C. at Aggie Stadium.
With the Bass start at quarterback, Fleming had his 15-game starter streak snapped. Since last season, Fleming has started in the Rattlers' last 15 games. Fleming came in for the injured Bass for one series, snapping his 14-game streak with at least one TD pass in the last 14 games that he has played in.
This is the first time, since 1938, where FAMU has not scored an offensive TD in a game. The Rattlers and the Aggies fought to a 0-0 tie in 1938.