Quarterback Ryan Stanley’s three touchdown passes lifted the Florida A&M University Rattlers to a 22-21 comeback victory over the Morgan State University Bears on Nov. 12 in Tallahassee, Fla.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Bears, who fell to 2-7 overall and 2-5 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Florida A&M improved to 4-6 overall and 4-3 against the MEAC.
Morgan State found paydirt first, taking an early 7-0 lead on a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Eric Harrell. Junior defensive tackle Jai Franklin later recovered a fumble and ran it back for a defensive touchdown to give the Bears a 14-6 lead going into the second quarter; Morgan State would lead 14-9 at halftime.

The Bears extended their lead to 21-9 in the third quarter following a short touchdown run by senior quarterback Chris Andrews. That’s where the good news ended for Morgan State as Florida A&M scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to seal the comeback win.

Both of the Rattlers’ fourth quarter touchdowns were thrown by Stanley, who completed 25 of 42 for 264 passing yards in the game; he also ran for 59 yards on 15 carries.

Andrews led Morgan State with 71 rushing yards on 13 carries, but struggled passing the ball, completing just seven of 16 pass attempts for 58 passing yards.

Next: Morgan State will travel for a non-conference matchup with Army (5-5 overall) in their season finale on Nov. 19 at West Point, N.Y.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor