Credit: Florida A&M Sports Information
NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 2) – The Florida A&M football team picked up their third win of the season as the Rattlers defeated Norfolk State 16-6, here Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.
FAMU played the role of spoiler for NSU’s homecoming as this was the third homecoming game that the Rattlers have played in this season. With the win FAMU remains undefeated in Norfolk, Va., as they go to a perfect 7-0 at Dick Price Stadium.
A pass interference penalty by NSU’s defense would set up the Rattlers’ first score of the game as Damien Fleming recorded his second rushing TD of the season on a 27-yard scamper with 13:09 remaining in the second, giving FAMU a 7-0 lead.
The FAMU special teams would record the Rattlers’ second score of the game as they forced a safety with 5:32 remaining in the first half, increasing FAMU’s lead to 9-0.
NSU would get on the board with 10:01 to go in the third on a Lynden Trail fumble recovery in the end zone, cutting the Rattlers’ lead to 9-6 after the failed PAT.
James Owens scored the Rattlers’ final TD of the game from eight yards out with 1:11 left in the contest for the 16-6 finale.
With the win, FAMU goes to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, whereas NSU lowers their record to 2-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Owens led the Rattlers ground attack as he rushed for 89 yards on 18 carries with one TD.
Fleming garnered 140 yards of total offense as he passed for 66 yards by completing six passes in 16 attempts with one interception and finished the game with 74 yards rushing on 10 carries with one TD.
Lenworth Lennon led the Rattler receivers with 48 yards receiving on three receptions.
Brandon Denmark finished the contest as the game’s leading tackler with 10 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss, followed by John Ojo with eight tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.
NSU was led by Rolandan Finch as he rushed for 151 yards on 23 carries with the longest rush on the day being for 32 yards.
Marcell Coke led the Spartans defense as he tallied nine total tackles and one tackle for loss, followed by a Keenan Lambert with six.
FAMU will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 as they will travel to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on South Carolina State in their fourth homecoming game of the season at Oliver Dawson Stadium in a 1:30 p.m. start.