2018 Football

FAMU folds in Florida Classic, Celebration Bowl hopes dashed

The Wildcats shine in fourth quarter, FAMU’s statement season comes up short.

It was there for the taking but Florida A&M could not get over the hump of beating Bethune-Cookman University in the Florida Classic.  The 33-19 score isn’t indicative of how close the Rattlers were to their first Celebration Bowl appearance but once again it’ll be North Carolina A&T representing the MEAC in Atlanta.

FAMU was trailing 26-19 and driving deep into BCU territory with under 30 seconds remaining when Ryan Stanley threw a pick-six to Tydarius Peters. Ninety yards later Bethune was celebrating a certain victory over rival FAMU.

The game certainly didn’t start with as many fireworks after FAMU led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Business didn’t pick up until midway through the second when BCU quarterback David Israel scored on a QB keeper for a 7-3 lead.  The Rattlers led at the break 13-7, however, thanks to a field goal and a 19-yard Stanley touchdown pass to Marcus Williams.

Bethune-Cookman got busy in the third with a 99-yard run by Tupac Isme, for a 14-13 lead.  FAMU would later retake the lead on a Stanley touchdown to George Webb, but then all sorts of weird happened. The touchdown had FAMU up 19-17 but the extra point was blocked and returned to the end zone for a safety, giving us a 19-19 ball game heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter was all BCU, a touchdown early in the fourth quarter by Jabari Dunham put BCU up 26-19 and the final score was settled on the Peters touchdown.

Saturday’s game was FAMU’s eighth consecutive loss to Bethune-Cookman. North Carolina A&T now awaits the winner of the SWAC Championship game to set the plate for the Celebration Bowl.

FAMU folds in Florida Classic, Celebration Bowl hopes dashed


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