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Around the State: Printers leads FAMU at Riverfront Classic

©Associated Press
September 15, 2002

CINCINNATI -- Casey Printers passed for a touchdown and ran for another to lead Florida A&M to a 34-16 victory over Morgan State in the annual Riverfront Classic on Saturday.

Printers' 7-yard run gave Florida A&M its first touchdown 7:33 into the first quarter. He also had a 27-yard touchdown to Dennis Bonga with 5:04 left in the second quarter to put Florida A&M ahead 21-0.

Brad Littlejohn gave Morgan State its only touchdowns in the third quarter and cut Florida A&M's lead to 31-16.

Littlejohn threw a 73-yard touchdown to tight end Vishante Shiancoe with 9:53 left in the third and hooked up with William Sherman for 24 yards with 1:38 left in the quarter.

T.J. Stallings ran for two-point conversions after both touchdowns.

Reggie Hayes ran 13 yards for a touchdown in the third between Morgan State's touchdowns and Rashard Pompey ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Rattlers a 14-0 lead.

Juan Vasquez made two field goals for FAMU, which had 528 yards, 274 on the ground.

Pompey gained 149 yards on 20 carries.

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FIU 42, BUTLER 0: Rashod Smith ran 14 times for 116 yards and scored three touchdowns for the host Golden Panthers, who scored three times in the first seven minutes.

FIU, 2-1 in its inaugural season, had 455 yards.

Smith, filling in for injured starter Tori Robinson, ran 25 yards for FIU's first score 48 seconds into the game. He also scored on runs of 39 and 16 yards.

After Smith's first score, Butler fumbled the kickoff, giving the ball back, setting up Jamie Burke's 23-yard touchdown to Julius Eppinger on the next play.

Burke was 13-for-19 for 258 yards with three touchdowns in less than three quarters. FIU's Cory McKinney had four receptions for 107 yards.

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DAVIDSON 28, JACKSONVILLE 10: Mike Chase caught three touchdowns for host Davidson in a Pioneer Football League game.

Jacksonville committed 13 penalties for 123 yards. The Dolphins had 35 yards in penalties on a Davidson drive in the third quarter in which a 14-yard touchdown from Paul Nichols to Chase gave the Wildcats a 19-10 lead.

On the next Dolphins possession, a snap sailed over punter Brett Keener's outstretched hands and into the end zone. Keener fell on the ball for a safety and an 11-point Davidson lead.

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JAMES MADISON 16, FAU 13: Rondell Bradley scored on a 1-yard run and Burke George kicked three field goals for the host Dukes.

George's last field goal broke a tie at 13 in the third quarter.

Florida Atlantic scored on a 25-yard pass from Jared Allen to Brittney Tellis and Willie Hughley's 87-yard interception return. The Owls had a chance to tie with 8:17 left but Mark Myers' 37-yard field goal try missed. FAU had 174 yards, minus-15 rushing.

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B-CC 42, MORRIS BROWN 7: Allen Suber threw two touchdowns and ran for one for the visiting Wildcats.

Suber completed 11-of-19 for 182 yards and gained 127 yards on the ground for Bethune-Cookman, which allowed just 130 yards of total offense.

In the second quarter, Suber threw a 24-yard score to Lamont Finnie, Rodney Johnson ran 2 yards for a score and Suber hit Erik Lash with a 6-yard score to give B-CC a 29-7 halftime lead.

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