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.