DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Monte Purvis passed for a touchdown while directing two scoring drives to take Winston-Salem past Bethune-Cookman 14-9 on Saturday.
The win was Winston-Salem's first-ever against Bethune-Cookman. The win by the Rams (4-3) was also the fourth straight loss for the Wildcats (2-5).
Purvis, whose TD pass was a 14-yarder to Bryant Bayne, threw for 96 yards and ran for 72 more.
After a scoreless first quarter, Bethune-Cookman struck first when Lucas Esquivel kicked a 47-yard field goal--the longest of his career. It came at the end of a 39-yard, 13-play drive, providing the Wildcats a 3-0 advantage at 12:45 of the second quarter.
The Rams came back on their next possession to take the lead. Roderick Fluellen's seven-yard run with 10:55 showing finished a 42-yard, six-play drive that had been set up by David Irizarry's 50-yard kickoff return. Omar Kizzie's extra-point kick made it 7-3.
The Rams padded their lead midway through the third quarter. On fourth down at the Bethune-Cookman 14, Purvis threw to Bayne, giving the Rams a 14-3 edge at the 6:22 mark. That score completed an 81-yard drive that contained 11 plays.
The Wildcats narrowed the deficit with a 98-yard, 16-play drive capped by a one-yard run by Justin Brannon with 7:33 left in the game.
The Wildcats had two scoring opportunities curtailed with pass interceptions inside the Ram five-yard line. Jamaine Mack grabbed the first interception in the first quarter, and Nathaniel Biggs grabbed the second one with 1:12 left in the game.