Scores

Final

Alabama State 20

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Florida A&M 30

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, August 30, 2008

Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
ALST 7 7 0 620
FAMU 14 7 9 030

Top Performers

Passing: R. Herchenbach (ALST) - 214 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Traylor (ALST) - 10 CAR, 78 YDS

Receiving: M. McCall (ALST) - 5 REC, 64 YDS, 1 TD

Florida A&,M 30, Alabama St. 20

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- LeRoy Vann returned a kickoff 99 yards and Eddie Battle ran for a 17-yard touchdown to lead Florida A&M to a 30-20 win over Alabama State on Saturday.

Florida A&M (1-0) gave Joe Taylor a win in his debut as Rattlers? coach and beat Alabama State (0-1) for the first time since 1977.

Vann?s return with 2:56 left in the second quarter broke a 14-14 tie, and Florida A&M led the rest of the game.

Battle, the Rattlers? quarterback, completed nine of 15 passes for 124 yards and ran for a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Alabama State quarterback Reid Herchenbach completed 22 of 34 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

The teams started off quickly, scoring three touchdowns and totaling 250 offensive yards in the first quarter. Florida A&M took the opening kickoff and drove 60 yards to take a 7-0 lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Philip Sylvester.

Alabama State responded with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Herchenbach to Marcus McCall to tie the game at 7-7. After Battle?s touchdown run, Alabama State tied the game 14-14 on an eight-yard pass from Anthony Speight to Nicholas Andrews.

Florida A&M also scored in the second half on a safety and a five-yard touchdown run by Lonvontae Page. Alabama State scored its final touchdown on a five-yard pass from Herchenbach to Cedric Harris in the fourth quarter.

Taylor took over as Florida A&M coach this year after 16 years at Hampton. He replaced Rubin Carter, who was fired after the Rattlers finished 3-8 last season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ALST
FAMU
1st Downs2111
Total Yards378201
Passing253124
Rushing12577
Penalties9-586-40
3rd Down Conversions5-133-11
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers31
Possession30:4929:11

Passing Leaders

Alabama StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Herchenbach22/342146.320
Florida A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Battle9/151248.300

Rushing Leaders

Alabama StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Traylor10787.800
Jones11919.000
Florida A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sylvester9293.210
Page9212.310

Receiving Leaders

Alabama StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mathis66510.800
McCall56412.810
Florida A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sylvester34615.300
West34013.300

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERALSTFAMU
TD09:20Philip Sylvester 3 Yd Run (Trevor Scott Kick) 07
TD05:58Marcus McCall 30 Yd Pass From Reid Herchenbach (Jake King Kick) 77
TD03:06Eddie Battle 17 Yd Run (Trevor Scott Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERALSTFAMU
TD03:12Nicholas Andrews 8 Yd Pass From Anthony Speight (Jake King Kick) 1414
TD02:56LeRoy Vann 99 Yd Kickoff Return (Trevor Scott Kick) 1421
THIRD QUARTERALSTFAMU
SF11:07Reid Herchenbach Tackled By LeRoy Vann In End Zone 1423
TD02:09Lonvontae Page 5 Yd Run (Trevor Scott Kick) 1430
FOURTH QUARTERALSTFAMU
TD04:41Cedric Harris 5 Yd Pass From Reid Herchenbach (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2030