Scores

Final

S Carolina St 28

(4-2, 2-0 MEAC)

Florida A&M 21

(3-2, 1-2 MEAC)

6:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
SCST 13 7 8 028
FAMU 0 0 21 021

Top Performers

Passing: M. Long (SCST) - 171 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: W. Ford (SCST) - 23 CAR, 149 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: O. Young (SCST) - 6 REC, 93 YDS, 2 TD

S. Carolina St. 28, Florida A&,M 21

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- William Ford ran 44 yards for the game-winning score to lead South Carolina State in a 28-21 win over Florida A&M on Saturday.

Ford, who scored with 2:14 left in the third quarter, rushed 23 times for 149 yards, and Malcolm Long completed 18 of 29 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Curtis Pulley completed 8-of-15 passes for 125 yards and one interception, and added 66 yards on 13 carries for the Rattlers (3-2, 1-2).

Long and Oliver Young connected on touchdown passes of 18 and 32 yards in the first quarter to give South Carolina State a 14-0 lead.

The Bulldogs extended the lead with 4:42 left in the second quarter when Terrance Smith picked up a fumbled lateral and ran it 41 yards for a touchdown that made it 20-0 at the half.

Florida A&M got on the board with 11:57 left in the third quarter when Eddie Battle hit Isaac West on a 26-yard touchdown pass.

The Rattlers scored again nine seconds later when South Carolina State's Phillip Morris fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Curtis Holcomb ran it back 16 yards for a touchdown to cut the Bulldogs lead to 20-14.

LeRoy Vann put Florida A&M ahead 21-20 with a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter.

But South Carolina State took the lead at the close of the third quarter on Ford's touchdown run, and the teams missed field goals in a scoreless fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SCST
FAMU
1st Downs2017
Total Yards364331
Passing171252
Rushing19379
Penalties7-868-41
3rd Down Conversions5-145-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers13
Possession28:5931:01

Passing Leaders

South Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Long18/291715.920
Florida A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Battle11/1112711.510

Rushing Leaders

South Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ford231496.5144
Jamison5336.6023
Florida A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pulley13665.1020
Sylvester13483.7021

Receiving Leaders

South Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Young69315.5232
Morris4287.0014
Florida A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
West510120.2132
Smith58517.0028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSCSTFAMU
TD08:55Oliver Young 18 Yd Pass From Malcolm Long (Blake Erickson Kick) 70
TD01:17Oliver Young 32 Yd Pass From Malcolm Long (Pat Failed) 130
SECOND QUARTERSCSTFAMU
TD04:42Terrance Smith 41 Yd Fumble Return (Blake Erickson Kick) 200
THIRD QUARTERSCSTFAMU
TD11:57Isaac West 26 Yd Pass From Eddie Battle (Trevor Scott Kick) 207
TD11:48Curtis Holcomb 16 Yd Fumble Return (Trevor Scott Kick) 2014
TD03:53Leroy Vann 92 Yd Punt Return (Trevor Scott Kick) 2021
TD02:14William Ford 44 Yd Run (Malcolm Long Pass To Octavius Darby For Two-Point Conversion) 2821