With the alumni back home, the sun shining, and scene as festive as ever, the 2011 Homecoming Game was going as scheduled for Florida A&M’s football team. Even though they were equaled in first downs (11) by their opponents, the score at halftime was a comfortable 21-0. The band rocked the crowd, and all was well on “the yard”. Ominous rain clouds then swooped down over Bragg Memorial Stadium, whisking away a few fair-weather Rattler fans for an early start on the post-game parties. It seems as though the football team unfortunately took the same cue, with a dreadful 2nd half performance that was nothing short of a complete collapse.
Scoring a mind-boggling 29 points in the final quarter, the Howard Bison stampeded to a 1-point victory in as bizarre a final portion of a football game as one could witness. Though FAMU still had a healthy lead at 28-13, a 54 yard slant pass from Bison QB Greg McGhee to WR Willie Carter, with the latter player resembling a young Jerry Rice in the West Coast Offense slashing through the middle of the Rattler D, opened the floodgates for what was to come.
With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Mainland H.S. product (Deland, FL) and Bison RB Andra Williams punched it in from 1 yard out to make the game 28-26. After a fumble by FAMU QB Damien Fleming, Howard DL Sackie Kerkulah recovered the football and rumbled down to the FAMU 15. After a sweep run call to get to the left hashmark, Howard PK Parker Munoz was successful on a 21 yard FG, after having to re-kick when FAMU attempted to call time-out without having any available. FAMU’s penalties and turnovers, 11 for 75 yards and 5 respectively, were ultimately what “gave the game away” to Howard, which celebrated its own homecoming of sorts with HC Harrell being from Miami, having coached at FAMU from 2006-2008, and winning on his mother’s birthday. Check out post-game interviews from both head coaches below: