BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Bryant Lee completed 22 of 29 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown and Darren Coates rushed for 142 yards and two scores to lead Southern University to a 33-27 victory over Florida A&M in the third annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge on Saturday.
The Jaguars (1-0) trailed 20-12 at halftime, but scored three touchdowns on their first four possessions of the second half to jump to a 33-20 lead. Lee put Southern in front 26-20 with a 3-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter and then Coates' 1-yard plunge early in the fourth made the score 33-20.
The Rattlers (0-1) were unable to overcome injuries to their top two quarterbacks. Backup Leon Camel played most of the first half because of a shoulder injury to starter Albert Chester. Camel then left the game with a foot injury in the third quarter, forcing Chester to return.
The Jaguars took the lead on their first offensive play of the game as Coates broke loose for a 90-yard touchdown run. FAMU answered with a 9-yard touchdown run from Camel and a 45-yard scoring run by Phillip Sylvester, giving the Rattlers a 14-6 lead with 6:05 left in the first half.
Southern cut the lead to 14-12 less than two minutes later on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Lee to Gerard Landry. Camel then connected with Javares Knight for a 40-yard touchdown pass to make the score 20-12 at the half.
Devin Chafin run for 4 yds to the 50 yard line for a 1ST down
Jordy Joseph pass intercepted for a TD Craig Suits return for 28 yds for a TD (Redford Jones KICK)
Zack Langer run for 1 yd for a TD
Chad President pass complete to Keyarris Garrett for 37 yds to the Tulan 43 for a 1ST down
C. Johnson sacked by J. Carraway for -2 yds,C. Johnson fumbled, forced by J. Carraway, recovered by TCU D. Pierson
Chris Johnson sacked by Josh Carraway for a loss of 2 yards to the TCU 22 Chris Johnson fumbled, forced by Josh Carraway, recovered by TCU Davion Pierson , return for 0 yards
Jordy Joseph pass complete to Andrew Hicks for 34 yds for a TD (Andrew DiRocco KICK)
|Mississippi Valley State||1-8||1-10|
|Prairie View A&M||8-1||8-2|
|North Carolina A&T||7-1||9-2|
|North Carolina Central||7-1||8-3|
|South Carolina State||6-2||7-4|