SAVANNAH, Ga. (Oct. 15) - Al-Terek McBurse scored three TD as the Florida A&M Rattlers football team defeated Savannah State Tigers, 47-7 here Saturday afternoon at the newly renovated T.A. Wright Stadium.
Edmond Baker would set up FAMU’s first score of the game with a kickoff return of 35 yards to the SSU 47 yard line, putting the Rattlers in good field position as they scored on their first possession of the game. Lenworth Lennon scored from 13 yards out on a pass from Damien Fleming with 10:48 to go in the first, giving FAMU a 7-0 lead, after the Trevor Scott made PAT.
Al-Terek McBurse would set up and score the Rattlers’ second TD of the game, as he recorded two big rushes on the drive for 32 and 17 yards. Then he scored a TD from five yards yard out , with 2:06 left in the first, giving FAMU a 14-0 lead after the Scott PAT.
FAMU took a 28-0 lead into the break as McBurse scored his second TD of the game from 60 yards out with 5:15 to go in the second, followed by a 19-yard run by Fleming with 37 second remaining in the half.
SSU scored their only TD of the game on a 38-yard TD run by Sheldon Barnes with 11:09 to go in the third, cutting FAMU’s lead to 28-7,after the Derek Williams PAT. It capped a six-play, 63-yard drive.
McBurse picked up his third TD of the game as he scored from 31 yards out giving FAMU a 34-7 lead with 6:33 to go in the third
FAMU would score their final two TDs of the game in the fourth quarter as Austin Trainor connected with Baker for a 16-yard TD pass with 5:30 to go in the game, followed by an Eddie Rocker five-yard TD run with 52 seconds left in the game for the 47-7 final.
FAMU (4-3, 2-2) was led by Mcburse as he rushed for 218 yards on 14 carries with his longest rush being for 60 yards.
McBurse becomes the first Rattler running back to rush for over 200 yards in a game in four seasons. Philip Sylvester was the last Rattler running back to go for 200-plus yards in a game as he rushed for 222 yards against Howard University on Sept. 15, 2007.
Fleming finished the game completing 10-of-14 passes for 83 yards with one TD, while he rushed for 29 yards on nine carries with a rushing TD.
Trainor also saw action as he finished the game with five completions in six attempts for 74 yards with a TD through the air.
John Ojo led the Rattler defense as he tallied a season high nine tackles with six solos, while Jerral Stewart, Marvin Ross and Terry Johnson all had one interception each.
The Rattler defense as a whole finished with three interceptions, giving the FAMU defense 18 interceptions on the year.
SSU (1-6. 1-3 was paced by Justin Babbs, as he rushed for a team high 117 yards on 10 carries, while Sheldon Barnes rushed for 61 yards on seven carries with a TD.
Alfred DeFillips, finished the game with six completions in 19 attempts for 97 yards as the Tigers signal caller. Vaughn Cornelia led the SSU receivers with 54 yards on two catches.
Chris Asbury led the Tiger defense with a game-high 10 tackles with four solos.
FAMU will return to action on Oct. 21, as they will travel to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on South Carolina State in MEAC matchup at Oliver Dawson Stadium in a 1:30 p.m. start, broadcasted on ESPNU in a 10:30 p.m. tape delay.
Notes: 47 is the second most points FAMU has scored against Savannah State. The Rattlers scored 50 against the Tigers in their 2004 meeting at Bragg Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.
Norfolk State still remains undefeated in conference play at 4-0 and 6-1 overall as they as they defeated Hampton University, 34-24 in their annual Battler of the Bay.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies have found a resurgence as they trail the Spartans by one game in the MEAC standings as they too are still undefeated in conference play at 3-0 and 5-2 overall as they defeated Delaware State , 42-24.
Both Morgan State and South Carolina State are tied for third place with a conference record of 3-1. Morgan picked up their third conference win of the year as they defeated North Carolina Central, 52-3. SCSU picked up their fourth win of the season in a 23-13 nonconference win over Georgia State.
FAMU and Howard, both are tied for fourth place with at 2-2 in conference play. Georgetown handed the Bison their fourth loss of the season in a 21-3 loss in nonconference play.
Bethune-Cookman is in fifth place with a conference record of 1-2, they picked up their third win of the season, defeating Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Fort Valley State, 58-30, while Savannah State is in sixth place with a record of 1-3.
North Carolina Central is in seventh place with a conference record of 0-3 and Delaware State is in eighth place with a record of 0-4 in conference play.