TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 10) – Chase Varnadore tied the school record for field goals in a game with five as Florida A&M pulled out a 22-21 win over North Carolina Central in their annual homecoming game, here Saturday afternoon at Bragg Memorial Stadium, in the acting head coach debut of Earl Holmes.
Juan Vasquez, the current FAMU special teams coach, set the school record against Morgan State on Sept. 9, 2000 at Bragg Memorial Stadium as he connected on field goals of 38, 37, 22, 25 and 35 yards out.
Varnadore nailed field goals from 19, 17, 22, 17 and the eventual game-winner of 36 yards out in today’s contest.
FAMU grabbed a 3-0 lead with 14:54 to go in the second quarter as Varnadore nailed his first field goal of the game.
NCCU would take a 7-3 lead, after the Oleg Parent PAT as Jordan Reid connected with Johnathan Nicely from 16 yards, capping a nine-play, 64 yard drive with 5:54 to go in the second.
Varnadore would connect on his second field goal of the game, as the Eagles would go into the break with a 7-6 lead. FAMU took the lead with 10:38 to go in the third quarter as Varnadore connected on his third field goal of the game, giving the Rattlers a 9-7 lead.
Reid gave the Eagles a 14-9 lead on a seven-yard run for a TD with 8:32 to go in the third. The Eagles would increase their lead to 21-9 three minutes later as Kevin Thompson returned a blocked punt for 45 yards for a TD.
In the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, Jordan Stanley would score his first collegiate TD of his career as he scored on a one-yard run with 14:48 to go in the game, cutting NCCU’s lead to 21-16. Then Varnadore nailed two more field goals to give the Rattlers the 22-21 win as he connected on a field goal at the 9:44 mark and the 2:00 mark of the fourth.
FAMU was paced by Eddie Rocker as he recorded 81 yards on 16 carries, followed by Stanley with 10 yards on seven carries with one TD.
FAMU quarterback Demien Fleming finished the contest with 270 yards as he completed 29 passes in 41 attempts with one int.
Travis Harvey led the Rattler receivers with 120 yards receiving on 11 catches with his longest reception being for 20 yards.
Arthur Godforth led the Eagles ground attack with 30 yards on 13 carries, while Reid tallied 88 yards as he completed 11 passes in 19 attempts with one interception. Geovonie Irvine led the Eagles receivers with 33 yards on three catches.
Brandon Hepburn led the Rattler defense with 10 tackles (8 solos, 2 Asst), two tackles for loss and one sack, while Tazmon Foster finished the contest with a game-high 11 tackles (8 solos, 3 Asst), 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks for the Eagles.
NCCU was held to 129 yards of total offense by the FAMU defense. The Rattlers held the time of the possession edge as they held the ball for 41:23, while the Eagles’ offense had the ball for 18:37.
FAMU will conclude their 2012 season in the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic against arch-rival the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats on Sept. 17 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., broadcast live on ESPN Classic