Florida A&M Rattlers ahead of Alabama A&M, 35-31


Florida A&M is playing its first road game in the SWAC in Huntsville against Alabama A&M. Louis Crews Stadium is the host site for this ball game.

This is only the 16th meeting between these schools. FAMU led the series with a 13-2 record. These teams last played in 1979 with Alabama A&M winning 19-14.

FAMU is 3-2 and 1-1 in the SWAC. AAMU is 3-2 and 1-2 in conference.

The Rattlers beat South Carolina State 30-7 last week at Bragg Memorial Stadium. It was their second consecutive victory.

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AAMU has lost two games in a row – all conference games. He fell 61-15 to compete with Jackson State last weekend.

The Rattlers present the best defense in the conference. They are led by All-American security Marquese Bell.

Linebacker Isiah Land leads the nation (FCS) in sacks with 10.

AAMU quarterback Aqeel Glass is SWAC’s highest rated passer.

5:50 pm | FAMU rallies for 35-31 win over Alabama A&M

Bishop Bonnett broke free with an 80-yard touchdown run with 2:15 on the clock.

This historic play saw Florida A&M clinch a 35-31 victory over Alabama A&M on Saturday at Louis Crews Stadium in Huntsville.

This is the Rattlers’ first road victory. They improve to 4-2 and 2-1 in the SWAC.

Alabama A&M have lost three in a row. It’s now 3-3 and 1-3 in conference.

Bonnett rushed for a season-high 175 yards. He also had a touchdown in the first quarter.

FAMU was down 14-10 at halftime.

That deficit climbed to 28-10 in the third quarter.

Chad Hunter led all receivers with five catches for 71 yards. His 25-yard touchdown reception was a key part of the FAMU rally.

5:00 p.m. | FAMU reduces deficit, AAMU leads 28-23

The Rattlers finished the third quarter pushing the ball forward and looking to score.

Chad Hunter hit a 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, making the game 28-23 in favor of Alabama A&M.

That deficit was as large as 18 points against the host Bulldogs.

Turnover played a major role in this game. Alabama A&M converted a fumble and an interception to 14 points.

AAMU was leading 14-10 at halftime.

The Bulldogs got ground scores from Xavier Lankford and Gary Quarles in the third quarter.

FAMU running back Terrell Jennings ran 12 yards to make it 28-16. The Rattlers failed on the 2-point conversion.

4:36 pm | AAMU pushes its lead to 28-16 over FAMU

The Bulldogs forced two turnovers and converted touchdowns on the two FAMU errors.

Alabama A&M leads FAMU 28-10 midway through the third quarter.

It was a score of 14-10 at halftime.

Rush touchdowns from quarterback Xavier Lankford and running back Gary Quarles gave AAMU the cushion of 18 points.

Rattlers quarterback Resean McKay’s first interception of the season was the big turnaround for the quarter.

His pass bounced off the hands of Xavier Smith. Caleb Riley was in the right place and grabbed the pick.

FAMU later responded with a 12-yard touchdown from Terrell Jennings. The Rattlers missed the conversion by 2 points.

The AAMU 28 points are the most important FAMU have given up since USF scored 38 in mid-September.

3:52 pm | AAMU leads FAMU 14-10 at halftime

Alabama A&M cornerback Kenechukwu Eziomume’s 79-yard fumble return is the difference in the game. The Bulldogs have a 14-10 lead over visiting FAMU at halftime.

This fortuitous game came at the right time for the Bulldogs.

FAMU was driving on the fourth and second when a rally between quarterback Resean McKay and running back Bishop Bonnett got lost on the field.

Aqeel Glass is the top rated passer in SWAC. However, he was held in check by the FAMU defense.

His first half numbers are 6 of 19 for 74 yards with a touchdown.

McKay is 13th of 21 with 125 yards and a touchdown.

The score lines in the box favor the Rattlers. They have more yards in total, the first downs. However, FAMU struggled on the third down. That’s 2 out of 10 in this critical situation.

FAMU had the opportunity to cut the deficit or move forward just before half-time. However, a false failed field goal kept the Rattlers four points behind.

3:30 p.m. | Fumble return gives Bulldogs 14-10 advantage over Rattlers

FAMU is generally careful when it comes to ball safety. However, a fumble on the trade between Reseasn McKay and Bishop Bonnett was recovered for a scoop-and-score.

The groped charged Bishop Bonnett. Bulldogs cornerback Kenechukwu Eziomume then traveled 79 yards the other way for a touchdown.

This error came in fourth and second place, with the Rattlers knocking on the door for a score.

On his next possession, FAMU played again. The AAMU bullrush overpowered the Rattlers’ blocking protection and Terrell Jennings was stopped before the first try.

The stat leaders at this point include McKay with 104 passing yards. Jennings has 46 yards on 11 carries.

Aqeel Glass is 5 of 17 for 75 yards. He did not know how to be effective against the defense of the FAMU.

3:00 p.m. | Rattlers lead Bulldogs 10-7

The conversion of FAMU on the fourth descent moved the chains. That ultimately led to a 24-yard field goal from Jose Romo-Martinez to give the visiting Rattlers a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Passing plays for the Rattlers have been short and medium level routes. This resulted in Reseasn McKay’s 10 of 14 for 95 yards. He has a touchdown pass to Bishop Bonnett.

Alabama A&M’s Aqeel Glass threw a 4-yard touchdown at Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim in the first quarter.

It was one of three Bulldogs training sessions. The others ended with punt attempts against the nationally ranked FAMU defense.

Glass is 5 of 14 with 75 yards to go with his touchdown pass.

14:37 | Rattlers and Bulldogs tied at 7-7

FAMU’s opening practice was a fluid sequel of passing and running games. The Rattlers ended things with a 19-yard pass from Resean McKay to Bishop Bonnett.

McKay is 6 of 7 on his passes for 56 yards.

Alabama A&M scored three goals in their first possession. He bounced back in the next offensive set and drew even when Aqeel Glass threw a 4-yard touchdown at Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim.

The Bulldogs’ strike was the first time FAMU had allowed a first-half touchdown since playing in South Florida on Sept. 18 in Tampa.

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