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Brandon Hepburn sacks SCSU QB Richard Cue.
Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Brandon Hepburn sacks SCSU QB Richard Cue.
Rattlers snap eight-game losing streak with 27-24 win.
Release: Friday 10/22/2011 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (Oct. 22) -  Lavante Page scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns as Florida A&M snapped with their eight-game losing streak to South Carolina State as the Rattlers defeated the Bulldogs, 27-24, here today afternoon at Oliver Dawson Bulldog Stadium.

The last time, FAMU defeated SCSU in Oliver Dawson Bulldog Stadium was in 1997 with  the Rattlers pulling out a 22-20 win over the Bulldogs.

SCSU had built up a 24-13 lead going into the fourth quarter.  The Rattlers would take advantage of four Bulldog penalties  to setup up Page's first TD of the fourth quarter.  SCSU would be charged with a roughing the passer penalties as Damien Fleming connected with Brian Tyms for nine yards tacking on an additional 14 yards, giving the Rattlers a second down and four yards to go from the South Carolina State 30-yard line.  The Rattlers would pick up a pair of first downs on rushes by Lenworth Lennon, Al-Terek McBurse and Eddie Rocker, putting the ball on the SCSU three-yard line.

Page would then punch it in from three-yards out cutting, SCSU's lead to 24-20 with 8:35 to go in the fourth, after the Trevor Scott PAT.

FAMU turned up the pressure as they forced SCSU into a three-and-out.  After the Blake Erickson punt, the Rattlers would get the ball on their 32-yard line, after the LaShad Tookes' punt return for two-yards.

The Rattlers then put together a seven-play, 68-yard drive, capped off by another three-yard TD run by Page, giving the Rattlers a 27-24 lead with 2:31 to go in the game.

FAMU was led by Fleming as he completed 34-of-40 passes for 297 yards with one TD.  He becomes the fourth quarterback in Rattler history to finish a game with an 80 plus percent completion percentage.  Eddie Battle was a perfect 11-of-11 against South Carolina State in 2008, Patrick Bonner was 30-of-35 for 85.7 percent against Jackson State in 1998 and Curtis Pulley was 17-of-21 against Winston-Salem State for 80.9 percent in the 2009 season. 

Eddie Rocker led the Rattler ground attack as he rushed for 54 yards on seven carries, followed by Page with 42 yards on 12 carries with two TDs.

Lennon was FAMU's top receiver as he tallied 70 catches on 13 receptions, followed by Brian Tyms with six catches for 84 yards.

Bobby Jackson was the Rattlers' top defender with six tackles and one tackle for loss.

Asheton Jordon was the SCSU's top rusher as he rushed for 88 yards on eight carries with one TD, followed by Richard Cue with 63 yards on seven carries, also with one TD.  Cue finished the game completing 12-of-24 passed for 121 yards.

Tyler McDonald was the top receiver for the Bulldogs as he had four catches for 43 yards.

Dominique Ellis was the Bulldogs' top tackler as he garnered 12 tackle with 10 solos.

FAMU (5-3, 3-2) will return to action on Nov. 5 as they will host North Carolina A&T on Senior Day  and Youth and Community Day, in a 6 p.m. kick.

SCSU (4-4, 3-2 MEAC) will return to action on Oct. 29 as they will host Howard at Oliver Dawson Bulldog Stadium in a 1:30 p.m. kick.


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