By Ariel Bedford
The last time FAMU played in Bragg Memorial Stadium, they gained a lead only to let it slip away on Homecoming Night. This time around the Rattlers overcame a deficit to pull away from their opponents to send their Seniors off with a victory for their last game in Bragg Memorial Stadium…
In the first half, the Rattlers showed flashes of dominance, especially on a 63 yard TD strike from True Freshman QB Damien Fleming to Senior WR Kevin Elliot. The play displayed the athleticism and big-play ability from Elliot, who caught a simple comeback route and turned it up-field and through the middle of the Aggie secondary, that put him on the 2011 BSN Collegiate Showcase Watch List. Unfortunately, FAMU’s offense also showed some of the ills that hindered them earlier in the year, such as a lack of accuracy and consistency in execution from their signal-caller Fleming, who only completed 48% of his passes for 254 yards. The running game was there when called upon, with the Rattlers averaging just under 5 yards a carry when toting the rock.
The Florida A&M defense truly “held down the fort” for the win against A&T, blanking out the Aggies from the scoreboard in the 2nd half and limiting star RB Mike Mayhew to just 35 yards after rumbling through the D for 52 on 11 carries in the 1st Quarter. Sophomore DB Devan Roberts led the team with 8 tackles, while Junior LB Brandon Hepburn was right behind him with 6 (5 solo).
Click below for the post-game press conference with Head Coach Joe Taylor, along with members of the Rattler football team:
By beating North Carolina A&T, the Rattlers keep their MEAC Title (and playoff hopes) alive-but their biggest test lies ahead as they take on the BCC Wildcats in the Annual Florida Classic on Nov. 19th. The Rattler offense must be as reliable as it is potentially explosive in order to beat Bethune-Cookman and finish the regular season strong.