By Roscoe Nance, For TheAfricanAmericanAthlete
Florida A&M got a record-setting performance from quarterback Ryan Stanley as the Rattlers ended their 14-game losing streak to South Carolina State with a 42-38 road MEAC victory.
The Rattlers’ last official victory against South Carolina State was in 2001. They defeated the Bulldogs in 2011 but that victory was vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
Stanley threw for a career-high 427 yards and three touchdowns while completing 30 of 49 attempts. His total moved him to the top of the Rattlers’ all-time list for passing yards with 7,779. Quinn Gray held the previous record with 7,378 yards from 1998-2001.
Stanley’s final scoring pass, a 19-yard strike to Kamari Young, came with 1:08 remaining. South Carolina State (3-2, 1-1 MEAC) had taken a 38-35 lead with 2:18 left in the game when Deondre Daniels recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
Florida A&M (5-1, 3-0 MEAC) led 28-14 late in the third quarter before South Carolina State rallied and set the stage for the dramatic finish. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Bulldogs set up Florida A&M with a short field on the winning drive. The Rattlers got the ball at the 50 after South Carolina State had taken the lead. It took the Rattlers just five plays to get the ball into the end zone.
The win gives Florida A&M its best start since 2000.
Bethune-Cookman 27, North Carolina Central 13 – With the Major League Baseball playoffs winding down and the World Series on the horizon, the Wildcats called on Jimmie Robinson, their home run hitter, in their road MEAC victory. Robinson scored on a pair of long touchdown plays to lead Bethune-Cookman (5-1, 3-0 MEAC) to its fourth straight win. Robinson scored on a 54-yard screen pass to give the Wildcats a 7-0 second-quarter lead. Robinson added a 79-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Akevious Williams had a pair of touchdowns, scoring on a 19-yard run and three-yard pass reception from wide receiver Marcus Riley on a flea-flicker play. North Carolina Central (2-5, -1-2 MEAC) had 391 yards total offense to 249 for Bethune-Cookman, but the Eagles only managed a pair of field goals until late in the game.
Southern 34, Prairie View A&M 28 – The Jaguars held the Panthers’ high-powered offense in check and reaffirmed themselves as the team to beat in the SWAC West Division race with a home win. Prairie View (2-4, 2-2 SWAC) amassed 455 total yards but the Panthers were unable to produce their trademark splash plays. Running back Dawonya Tucker carried the ball 13 times for just 50 yards with a long run of 11 yards. Quarterback Jalen Morton threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for another 133 and one score. But that wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Jaguars. Southern never trailed in the contest and led 14-7 at the half. The Jaguars (3-3, 2-0 SWAC) built a 31-21 lead in the fourth quarter and held on for the win.
Juwan Carter, QB, Norfolk State – Accounted for 433 yards total offense and six TDS, completing 15 of 23 throws for 377 yards and four scores and rushing for 56 yards and two more TDs, in a 49-21 win against Howard.
Slade Jarman, QB, Fort Valley State – Completed 33 of 48 passes for 386 yards and four TDs in a 77-34 win against Central State.
Shannon Patrick, QB, Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Completed 21 of 28 passes for 334 yards and three TDs in a 38-6 win against Mississippi Valley State.
Felix Harper, QB, Alcorn State – Completed 16 of 21 passes for 324 yards and five TDs in a 42-17 Homecoming win against Savannah State.
Cameron Rosendahl, QB, Tennessee State –Completed 26 of 43 passes for 312 yards in a 31-17 loss to Murray State.
Ja’rome Johnson, RB Bowie State – Rushed for 198 yards and three TDs on 11 carries in a win against Chowan.
Terraris Saffold, RB, Central State – Rushed for 235 yards and three TDs on 13 carries in a 77-34 Homecoming loss to Fort Valley State.
Brett Sylve, RB, Kentucky State – Rushed for 162 yards and three TDs on 28 carries in a 35-24 win against Clark Atlanta.
De’Shaun Wetherington, RB, Chowan – Rushed for 161 yards and one TD on 21 carries in a 64-17 loss to Bowie State.
Donnie Corley, WR, Texas Southern – Caught 10 passes for 152 yards in a 23-20 loss to Missouri S&T.
Richard Harris, RB, Delaware State – Rushed for 151 yards on 21 carries in a 34-3 loss to Morgan State.
Chris Rowland, WR, Tennessee State – Caught 14 passes for 146 yards in a 31-17 loss to Murray State.
Juan Anthony, WR, Alcorn State – Caught seven passes for 140 yards and one TD in a 42-17 Homecoming win against Savannah State.
Josh Wilkes, WR, Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Caught seven passes for 138 yards and one TD in a 38-6 win against Mississippi Valley State.
Xavier Smith, WR, Florida A&M – Caught eight passes for 136 yards and three TDs in a 42-38 win against South Carolina State.
David Manigo, WR, Florida A&M – Caught 11 passes for 136 yards in a 42-38 win against South Carolina State.
Rashad Jones, WR, Albany State – Caught four passes for 134 yards and two TDs in a 33-13 win against Lane.
Justin Smith, WR, Norfolk State – Caught three passes for 133 yards and two TDs in a 49-21win against Howard.
Malik Route, RB, Fort Valley State – Rushed for 129 yards and two TDs on eight carries in a 77-34 win against Central State.
Charles Hall, WR, Virginia Union –Caught four passes for 122 yards and two TDs in a win against Lincoln (Pa.).
Dedrick Parson, RB, Howard – Rushed for 119 yards and one TD on 20 carries in a 49-21 Homecoming loss to Norfolk State.
Josh Chase, RB, Morgan State – Rushed for 116 yards and two TDS on 19 carries in a 34-3 Homecoming win against Delaware State.
Dominique Franklin, RB, Texas Southern –Rushed for 114 yards and two TDs in 23-20 loss to Missouri S&T.
Tylan McElHenie, WR, Norfolk State – Caught four passes for 109 yards and one TD in a 49-2` win against Howard.
Chris Blair, WR, Alcorn State – Caught three passes for 108 yards and two TDs in a 42-17 win against Savannah State.
Aaron Savage, RB, Norfolk State – Rushed for 108 yards on 12 carries in a 49-21 win against Howard.
Dajuan Greene, WR, Elizabeth City State – Caught two passes for 107 yards and one TD in a 64-17 loss to Virginia State
Jahod Booker, WR, Alabama State — Caught seven passes for 106 yards in a 31-16 win against Jackson State
Arkansas Pine Bluff 38, Miss. Valley 6
Alcorn 42, Savannah State 6
Missouri-Rolla 23, Tex. Southern 20
Alabama State 31, Jackson State 16
Grambling 23, Alabam A&M 10
Norfolk State 49, Howard 21
Morgan State 34, Delaware State 3
Bethune-Cookman 27, North Carolina Central 13
FAMU 42, S.C. State 38
Alcorn 42, Savannah State 17
Virginia State 54, Elizabeth City 21
Winston Salem 23, J.C. Smith 7
St. Augustine 20, Livingstone 12
Fayetteville State 25, Shaw 22
VUU 62, Lincoln (Pa.) 0
Bowie 64, Chowan 17
Kentucky State 35, Clark 24
Fort Valley 77, Central State 34
Tuskegee 21, Morehouse 10
Miles 24, Benedict 21
Albany State 33, Lane 14
Alcorn 42, Savannah State 17