CONWAY, S.C. (Sept. 10) – The Florida A&M Rattlers (0-2) faced with another tough road game to start the season – today against Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina University (2-0), fell 49-10 in a game that saw the Rattlers make several solid offensive plays. In the end, the Rattlers were not able to sustain drives even though they amassed 296 yards of total offense. The Chanticleers, migrating to the FBS Division, are no longer considered an FCS contender, flexed their depth in front of 10,037 at Brooks Stadium.
This is only the second meeting between the two teams. The Chanticlears traveled to Tallahassee in 2014, capturing a 48-3 victory over the Rattlers in Bragg Stadium.
Coach Alex Wood felt that the Rattlers just didn’t match up against CCU. “They’ve got a really good football team and it’s obvious that we didn’t match up well with them. We didn’t play well enough to win. They won and they beat us soundly,” he said.
The Chanticleers jumped out to a 22-0 start, holding FAMU to 31 total offensive yards while gaining 136.
With 8:33 remaining in the first half, FAMU got on the board thanks to a 70-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back, Devin Bowers. He broke off the left side and scampered into the end zone for the first touchdown of the 2016 season. A successful kick from Austin Miller decreased the Rattlers’ deficit to 22, making the score 29-7.
Less than one minute later, Coastal Carolina answered with a 35-yard touchdown reception by junior wide receiver, Bruce Mapp. This would be the final touchdown of the half with the score 36-7 going into the break.
Going into the half, Bowers had 120 rushing yards on 12 carries for a 10-yards-per-carry average. For the Chanticlears, De’Angelo Henderson had 92 yards in the half.
The Chanticlears would score first in the second half on an eight-yard run from junior running back Henderson, putting them up 42-7.
A bad snap, which resulted in a fumble recovery by freshman linebacker, Cameron Burton, gave the Rattlers the momentum they needed to get into the end zone. A connection between senior quarterback, Kenny Coleman and junior wide receiver, Brandon Norwood would be called back after a tripping penalty which cost the Rattlers 15 yards and the touchdown.
The Rattlers would end up settling for a 35-yard field goal from Miller to increase their score to 42-10 with 2:42 remaining in the game.
Penalties and the inability to convert on third-downs played a part in the Rattlers’ stagnation as they were flagged eight times on the day. FAMU would conclude the game with a total of 296 of total offensive yards to 439 yards for CCU.