LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Aug. 31) - The Florida A&M Rattler Football team put on a valiant effort in Thursday's 49-7 road loss at SEC foe Arkansas at War Memorial Stadium.
FAMU held the Razorback to seven first quarter points and only 21 in the opening half, as the defense did its part to keep the Rattlers in contention.
The offense didn't get going until the second half, with senior Vincent Jeffries filling in for starter Ryan Stanley, who was held out as a precautionary measure with a tender left ankle.
FIRST HALF: Arkansas 21, FAMU 0
The Rattlers forced a punt and got the ball on downs after stalling the first two Razorback drives, before giving up a five-yard TD run by Devwah Whaley, which capped an 11 play, 64 yard.march, giving the Hogs a 7-0 lead.
The second quarter started with an exchange of punts, with Arkansas pinning the Rattlers one their one-yard line. FAMU did get a first down out to the 12-yard line, but punted back to UA, which started their second drive from the FAMU 48.
Four plays later, the Razorbacks made it 14-0 on a 16-yard strike from Austin Allen to Deon Stewart with 7:54 left in the first half.
After another FAMU punt, Arkansas marched 63 yards on eight plays, with David Williams scoring on a four-yard run with 1:21 left to give the Razorbacks a 21-0 halftime lead.
At the half, the Hogs outgained the Rattlers, 210-49 in total yards, rushing for 135 yards to 32 for FAMU.
Ricky Henrilus led the FAMU ground game in the first two quarters with 28 yards on nine carries, while senior quarterback Vincent Jeffries was five of seven passing for 17 yards.
SECOND HALF: Arkansas 28, FAMU 7
The second half got off to a bad start for the Rattlers, after a second down sack of Jeffries, when halfback Hans Supre lost the handle on a swing pass after being hit by a trio of Arkansas defenders. scooped the loose ball and dashed 24 yards for a 28-0 lead with 13:57 left in the third.
Chase Hayden powered in from five yards out with 8:46 left in the quarter to push the Hogs' lead to 35-0, capping a 56-yard, seven-play drive.
David Williams ran in from one yard out with 14:57 left in the game, capping a 71-yard, 10-play drive, extending the Hogs' lead to 42-0.
The Rattlers finally mounted a scoring march after the ensuing kickoff, going 76 yards on 15 plays, capped with Jeffries' seven-yard, third down strike to Brandon Norwood with 8:23 left in the game for a 42-7 count.
The Hogs drove 76 yards, scoring the game's final points on a with 2:20 left in the game for the 49-7 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: QB Vincent Jeffries finished the game 14 of 27 for 95 yards and the seven-yard scoring toss to Brandon Norwood.... Norwood finished atop the Rattler receiving charts with six catches for 54 yards, followed by Kareem Smith, who added three grabs for 20 yards... Redshirt freshman Ricky Henrilus led the FAMU ground game with 30 yards on 11 carried, with punter Chris Faddoul's 26-yard scamper after fielding a low snap. made his second leading ball carrier.... Redshirt freshman Azende Rey finished with 12 yards on four carries, and Tevin Spells added 11 yards on four tries... Redshirt freshman QB Tahj Tolbert got in on the last drive, going 0-for-2 in passes.... Faddoul averaged 39.0 per punt in eight tries, with a long boot of 54 yards.... Sophomore safety Terry Jefferson and junior corner Orlando McKinley tied for the club tackles lead Thursday with eight (8) each... Jefferson added a tackle for loss and a pass interception.... The Rattler Defense held Arkansas to 415 total yards (236 rushing, 179 passing), with two sacks, and interception, and two forced punts.... Chase Hayden led the Razorbacks with 120 yards on 14 carries, followed by starter Devwah Whaley's 60 yards on 12 carries. QB Austin Allen led Arkansas with 135 passing yards on 14 completions in 19 tries.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Rattlers (1-1) will enjoy a bye week, Sept. 9 before returning to action in Tampa against old rival Tennessee State in the FAMU Tampa Classic, Sept. 16 at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff will be 7:00 p.m.
Attendance: 36.055 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark.
@ Thursday's bout at Little Rock was just the second game all-time for FAMU against an SEC foe. In 2003, FAMU took on the University of Florida (3-63) in Gainesville.
@ The game marked a return home of sorts for head coach Alex Wood, who spent two seasons as quarterback coach (2006, 2007) of the Razorbacks.
@ Speaking of quarterbacks, senior Vincent Jeffries got the start Thursday in place of sophomore Ryan Stanley, who was nursing an injured left ankle with a small walking boot. Stanley spent Thursday's game in uniform and headsets next to coach Alex Wood.
@ The anticipated rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey had moved off to the north and east by early afternoon, leaving a cloudy, warm and humid evening behind.