Stanley, Rattlers strike twice in fourth quarter for 17-0 homecoming win

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Ryan Stanley threw for 149 yards and a touchdown and Bishop Bonnett put the icing on the cake for Florida A&M, who shutout Norfolk State, 17-0, in front of 26,045 fans at Bragg Memorial Stadium during homecoming.

The first half was a defensive struggle, with the Rattlers scoring the only points of the opening 30 minutes with a 22-yard field goal off the boot of Yahia Aly to give FAMU a 3-0 lead.

Neither team would score again until the fourth quarter, when Stanely connected with Chad Hunter for a 13-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 10-0.

Bonnet secured the game with just under three minutes remaining with a 14-yard touchdown rush.

With the victory, FAMU matches last year's win total of four wins and has posted the longest winning streak since 2011 (three games). The Rattlers are also off to their best conference start since 2009.

In the process, FAMU recorded the program's first shutout a 43-0 demolishing of Howard in September of 2000.

Norfolk St. outgained the Rattlers 291-240 in total yards, and had their best scoring opportunity in the third quarter, driving from their own 33 to the goal line of FAMU before miscues took them out of scoring range and forced them to punt.

Not only did the Rattler defense not allow a point, but were ballhawks, picking off the Spartans three times.

FAMU now sets their sights on Greensboro, North Carolina to take on North Carolina A&T, who is also unbeaten in MEAC play. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.

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