TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 1) - The Florida A&M Football team picked up their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win of the season as the Rattlers handed Delaware State University a 34-7 loss at Bragg Memorial Stadium in the third annual Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Classic.
Damien Fleming, in his first collegiate start, was named the Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Classic Most Valuable Player.
"Damien (Fleming) played great in his first collegiate start for us. This win is the first of many to come," said fourth year head coach Joe Taylor.
FAMU went into the break with a 6-0 lead as Trevor Scott nailed a pair of field goals from 25 and 34 yards out.
Devan Roberts blocked a Marco Kano punt to set up the Rattlers' first TD of the second half. Fleming connected with Brian Tyms from 23 yards out, increasing FAMU's lead to 13-0.
Jerral Stewart's second interception, set up FAMU's second TD of the game on a Al-Terek McBurse 25-yard run with 3:51 to go in the third, increasing the Rattlers' lead to 20-0.
DSU would break their drought as they scored their first points in 11 quarters on a nine-yard Nick Elko TD to Milton Williams at the 11:37 mark of the fourth quarter.
Fleming increased FAMU's lead to 27-7 as he scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 5:34 to go in the fourth.
The Rattler defense would get their third interception of the game, setting up the Rattlers' final TD as Eddie Rocker scored from 20 yards out with 2:39 to go in the fourth.
FAMU (3-2, 1-1 MEAC) was paced by Fleming, as he finished with 245 passing yards, completing 14-of-29 passes with one passing TD and one rushing TD.
Rocker led the Rattler ground attack as he rushed for 57 yards on eight carries with one TD. Lenworth Lennon led the Rattler receivers as he tallied 113 receiving yards on five catches.
Brandon Hepburn and Demarius Folsom led the Rattler defense as they both finished with six tackles each.
The FAMU defense forced four turnovers as they nabbed three interceptions and one fumble recovery. In the five games the Rattlers have played this season, the defense has grabbed 12 interceptions, already surpassing last year's total of 11.
"Defensive Coordinator Earl Holmes had a great game plan for our young men today. We were already playing good against the run, but today, we played good against the pass as well," said Taylor.
DSU (2-3, 0-2 MEAC) was led by Elko, who passed for 127 yards, completing 15-of-31 passes with one TD. Travis Tarpley led the Hornet receivers with 57 yards on six catches.
Ernest Adjei led the DSU defense as he finished with a game high eight tackles.
FAMU will return to action Saturday, Oct 8 as they will host Howard University in their annual homecoming game at Bragg Memorial Stadium in a 3 p.m. start.
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