TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 24) – The FAMU Football team committed seven turnovers and several critical penalties in a 48-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference loss to visiting South Carolina State Saturday evening at Bragg Memorial Stadium.
FAMU (0-4, 0-1 in MEAC), tied the game 7-7 when quarterback Kenny Coleman hit tight end Desmond Noird with a 19-yard strike early in the second period, but SCSU capitalized on Rattler miscues to score two touchdowns in the final half of the second period to grab a 21-7 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs (1-4, 1-0 in MEAC) drew first blood midway through the opening stanza, when quarterback Caleb York hit Ahmad Harris with a three-yard strike for a 7-0 lead.
To start the second half, SCSU began pulling way, extending their halftime edge to 27-7 thanks to a pair of Tyler Scandrett field goals (31, 27 yards), before York connected with Deangelo Frazier on a 55-yard scoring play to grow the ‘Dogs lead to 34-7.
Tevin Spells barged in from two yards out early in the fourth period to help FAMU close to 34-14, but the ‘Dogs answered with a pair late touchdowns off Rattler turnovers to seal the deal.
York tossed his third TD pass, an eight-yard aerial to Bishop Ford, before Dayshaw Taylor closed out the scoring with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: South Carolina State, known traditionally as a running team, used the air game to their advantage Saturday, outgaining FAMU, 244 to 143 through the air, while their patented ground attack was just slightly better than the Rattlers, 170 to 111… In addition to the seven (7) turnovers (four interceptions, three lost fumbles), FAMU was flagged eight (8) times for 167 yards in penalties…. Tevin Spells led the Rattlers in rushing with 54 yards on 12 carries, followed by Hans Supre with 32 yards on 11 tries…. Both starter Kenneth Coleman (9-17, one TD, 69 yards) and redshirt freshman Ryan Stanley (7 of 11, 74 yards), each tossed a pair of interceptions… Junior Brandon Norwood led FAMU with six receptions for 54 yards… Senior safety Jacques Bryant lead FAMU defensively with 10 total tackles (eight solos).
WHAT’S NEXT: The Rattlers will host Savannah State next Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium in a 6:00 p.m. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.