Southern 33

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Florida A&M 27

(0-1, 0-1 home)

3:00 PM ET, September 1, 2007

Legion Field (AL), Birmingham, AL

1 2 3 4 T
SOU 6 6 14 733
FAMU 7 13 0 727

Top Performers

Passing: B. Lee (SOU) - 215 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Coates (SOU) - 10 CAR, 142 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Landry (SOU) - 7 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Jaguars 33, Rattlers 27

Associated Press

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.