Rattlers Fall Short in 34-21 Loss To Morgan St.

Credit: Florida A&M University Sports Information 

BALTIMORE, MD (Oct. 5) – The Florida A&M Football team dropped their fourth straight as the Morgan State Bears defeated the Rattlers, 34-21, here Saturday afternoon at Hughes Stadium in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.

 The win is the second time in school history that MSU has defeated FAMU at Hughes Stadium.  The last time FAMU faced MSU in Baltimore was in 2009 with the Rattlers pulling out a 31-28 overtime win. The  last time MSU defeated FAMU in Baltimore was in 2007 as the Bears pulled out a 14-12 over FAMU.
MSU took advantage of their first possession as the Bears scored on a two-yard run by MSU quarterback Seth Higging with 8:31 to go in the first, capping  a 12-play, 76-yard drive by the Bears, giving MSU a 7-0 lead after the Chris Moller, PAT.
FAMU tied the contest at 7-7 on an 82-yard TD run by Al-Terek McBurse with 2:03 left in the first, capping a four-play, 98-yard drive by the Rattlers, taking just 2:03 off the clock.
A DeShaun Summers 35-yard interception return would set up the Bears’ second TD of the game as  he returned the ball to the FAMU 35-yard line.  Four plays later, Lamont Brown would score on a 24-yard TD run with 3:03 left in the first, giving the Bears a 14-7 lead after the Moller PAT.
MSU would score their third TD of the game as the Bears would use 31-yard run by Higgins, followed by a fourth-and-12 conversion and an offside penalty by the Rattlers defense to help keep their drive alive, placing the ball at the FAMU two-yard line.  The Bears then converted their second fourth down conversion of the drive as they scored on a fourth and goal on a two-yard TD pass to Eme Akonawe  from Higgins, giving MSU a 21-7 lead with 4:57 remaining in the half, after the made Moller PAT.
Darren Parker scored the Rattlers’ second TD of the game on an 89-yard block field goal return with 6:07 to go in the third as Akil Blount blocked a 21-yard field goal attempt by Moller, cutting the Bears’ lead to 21-14, after the Varnadore made PAT.
Moller would put MSU up 24-14 as he connected on a 44-yard field goal with 2:05 remaining in the third quarter.
FAMU cut into MSU’s lead as Damien Fleming found  Michael Ethridge in back of the end zone  from 12-yards out with 12:32 to go in the fourth quarter, making the score 24-21 in favor of the Bears, after the Moller made PAT.
Moller connected on his second field goal of the game from 29-yards out with 5:41 left in the contest, increasing MSU’s lead to 27-21.
Cody Acker sealed the win for the Bears as he scored on a 19-yard interception return for the 34-21 finale.
FAMU was led by  McBurse as he rushed for a season-high 110 yards on eight carries with his longest rush being for 82 yards and one TD.
Fleming led the Rattler aerial attack as he completed 15 passes in 32 attempts with one TD and three interceptions.
 Ethridge led  the FAMU receivers as he tallied 32 yards on four receptions with one TD.
Patrick Aiken led the Rattler defense as she finished with nine tackles and one pass breakup, followed by Blount with eight tackles and one tackle for loss.
MSU was led by Higgins as he finished the contest with 246 yards of total offense.  He rushed for  102  yards rushing on 17 carries with one TD and passed for 144 yards by completing 12 passes in 20 attempts.
Thomas Martin led the Bears in receiving with 71 yards on five receptions.
Both Peterson Janvier and Joe Rankin led the MSU defense as they  finished with four tackles each.
FAMU will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 as they will travel to Savannah, Ga., to take on Savannah State in their second MEAC contest of the season.

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