TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Two of the top teams – Florida A&M University and North Carolina A&T State University – meet on Sunday in a key Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) showdown under the lights at Bragg Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
The game will be broadcasted and streamed live on ESPN3 as Keith Miles (play-by-play), Albert Chester (color analyst) and Corey Staples (sideline) will call all the action. The same broadcast crew will call the game live on WHBX – 96.1 FM (JAMZ).
Florida A&M enters ranked No. 2 in the SBN Black College Football Poll, while North Carolina A&T State, the defending Black College National Champions, hold the top spot in the SBN Black College Football Poll.
The Rattlers (5-1 overall, 3-0 MEAC) led 7-0 after one quarter and was tied 14-14 at the break. The second half alone accounted for 52 points, including 35 in the final quarter as FAMU rallied for a 42-38 win over South Carolina State, which snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. Florida A&M survived two blocked punts for scores and a pick six to snap the skid. The Bulldogs blocked the final punt with a little over two minutes left, but the Rattlers needed just one minute and 10 seconds off the clock as Ryan Stanley connected with Kamari Young with 1:08 remaining on a 19-yard touchdown strike to cap the come-from-behind victory. Stanley set his second of four possible school records in the first quarter as he surpassed Quinn Gray’s career passing yards mark.
North Carolina A&T State (4-1, 2-0) had a full week to prepare for Florida A&M as the Aggies were off last week. NCAT is coming off a 58-19 rout of Norfolk State on Oct. 5. The Aggies scored early and often against the Spartans and put the game away at the break, leading 37-9. North Carolina A&T State has played well on the road against FCS opponents and enters Saturday’s matching having won 14 straight games away from Greensboro, N.C. In fact, the last road loss the Aggies suffered was on Nov. 19, 2016 at North Carolina Central. Jah-Maine Martin will look to be a factor on Saturday as he leads the nation in yards per carry and scoring, second in rushing yards and rushing yards per game, and third in rushing touchdowns.
“Last week’s game was a great ballgame and it came down to the wire, like the previous four have and our guys again found a way to win, which is a testament to their character, to their resolve and to their belief, that as long as we keep playing, anything is possible,” Florida A&M head coach Willie Simmons said. “It gives us a lot of momentum coming into this week, with the No. 1 team in Black College Football, 10th-ranked team in FCS football coming to town in North Carolina A&T, the reigning national champs, which has been the class of our league for the last five years or so.
“So this will be a huge challenge and obviously they will come in with revenge in mind knowing we went to Greensboro (N.C.) last year and knocked them off on a last-second field goal. Our guys will have to be ready to play a 60-minute ballgame, be sound in all three phases and get behind our loud crowd, which should give us a great home-field advantage.”
About The Game
> This will be the 67th meeting between Florida A&M and North Carolina A&T State
> The Rattlers edged the Aggies, 22-21, in the 2018 matchup
> Florida A&M leads the all-time series, 43-18-2, as two FAMU victories were vacated due to NCAA sanctions
> North Carolina A&T State is 6-4 over the last 10 games, including a 42-14 victory in 2016
> The last MEAC North Carolina A&T State loss came on Oct. 13, 2018 against Florida A&M
Inside the Rankings
> Florida A&M is receiving votes in the STATS FCS Top 25 and FCS Coaches Poll
> The Rattlers remained No. 4 in the BOXTOROW Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the SBN Black College Football Poll
> North Carolina A&T State is ranked No. 10 in the STATS FCS Top 25 and No. 11 in the FCS Coaches Poll
> The Aggies hold the top spot in the BOXTOROW Coaches Poll and in the SBN Black College Football Poll
About Florida A&M
> The Rattlers enter the matchup off a thrilling 42-38 victory at South Carolina State
> With the win, FAMU snapped a 14-game losing streak against the Bulldogs
> Florida A&M opened the season with a loss at #17 UCF, but have since reeled off five straight wins
> For the fifth consecutive game, FAMU held an opponent under 100 yards rushing as the Bulldogs finished with 96 yards on 28 rushing attempts (3.2 yards per carry)
> The Rattlers are off to their best start since the 2000 season
About North Carolina A&T State
> The Aggies were off last week and are coming off a 58-19 rout at Norfolk State on Oct. 5
> North Carolina A&T State scored early and often as the Aggies took a commanding 37-9 lead into the half
> The Aggies are averaging 413.6 yards per game, including 246.2 yards on the ground
> North Carolina A&T State has just one loss, a 45-13 defeat, during week 2 at Power 5 and ACC member Duke
> Jah-Maine Martin led the ground attack with 742 yards on 80 carries, along with 11 touchdowns. He is averaging 9.3 yards per carry
Last Time Against North Carolina A&T State
> Much like the 2019 version, North Carolina A&T State came into the game ranked No. 10
> The Aggies led 14-0 after one quarter and took a 21-6 advantage into the break
> Azende Rey scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to close the game to 21-13 midway through the third quarter
> Chad Hunter caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Stanley with 5:09 remaining and Yahia Aly booted a 26-yard field goal with four seconds left as FAMU stunned NCAT, 22-21
> The Rattlers were 10-of-19 on third downs and 2-for-3 on fourth-down conversions
> The Aggies were 5-of-14 on third downs
> Florida A&M racked up 27 first downs and 370 total yards
> North Carolina A&T State was held to 74 yards rushing and 14 first downs
> Ryan Stanley went 28 of 53 passing, with one touchdown and one interception
Ryan Stanley quarterback records
> The senior quarterback continues to build on the all-time FAMU completions record with 646
> Stanley broke Quinn Gray’s mark of 7,378 career passing yards against South Carolina State and now has 7,779 yards
> The Pembroke Pines, Fla. native is just four touchdown passes away from Gray’s mark of 57
> In addition, Stanley needs 49 passing attempts to surpass Gray’s record
> Quarterback Ryan Stanley was named the MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday
> Tight End Kamari Young picked up MEAC Rookie of the Week honors
Inside The Numbers
> Florida A&M ranks tops in the conference in pass offense, sacks against, PAT kicking, kickoff coverage, third-down conversions, turnover margin and time of possession, while second in rushing defense, interceptions, total offense, pass efficiency, punting and first downs
> North Carolina A&T State holds the top spot in the conference in scoring offense, rushing defense, scoring defense, total offense, total defense and rushing offense
> FAMU ranks sixth in the FCS in fumbles lost, sixth in sacks allowed, sixth in winning percentage, ninth in passing offense, ninth in time of possession, 11th in passes intercepted, 11th in turnover margin and 14th in third-down conversions
> Ryan Stanley ranks 17th in the nation in passing yards, 17th in passing yards per game, 17th in total offense and 21st in completions per game
> Chris Faddoul ranks third in the FCS in punting
> Xavier Smith ranks 11th in FCS in receptions per game, 12th in receiving yards per game, 14th in receiving yards and 22nd in receiving touchdowns
> Outside of the Central Florida game, the Rattlers have given up just 63.8 yards over the past five games on the ground
> Florida A&M is averaging 30.7 points, while surrendering 31.7 points
> South Carolina State is averaging 31.8 points and giving up 21.2 points
After Saturday’s matchup against North Carolina A&T State, the Rattlers take to the road for a MEAC contest at Morgan State on Oct. 26. The Bears are at South Carolina State this weekend.
Florida A&M won the 2018 matchup, 38-3, at Bragg Memorial Stadium.
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