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©Associated Press
September 22, 2002


FAMU holds off Delaware State

DOVER, Del. -- Delaware State failed on a potential tying two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter and lost 20-18 to Florida A&M on Saturday.

Delaware State opened the scoring when Zach Bussey hit his first field goal of the season, a 32-yarder to give the Hornets a 3-0 lead.

The Hornets stretched their lead to 9-0 when Kittrell Barnes and DaShaun Morris connected on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Florida A&M took advantage of a partially blocked punt to score its first points.

The Rattlers took possession on the Delaware State 8-yard line and scored three plays later on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Reggie Hayes.

The Rattlers pulled ahead 13-9 when Hayes connected with Dennis Bonga on a 13-yard touchdown pass.

Florida A&M added to the lead with a 5-yard touchdown run by Devvin Richardson in the third quarter.

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E. KENTUCKY 22, FAU 6: C.J. Hudson rushed for 154 yards to lead the Colonels past the Owls in coach Howard Schnellenberger's return to the Bluegrass State.

FAU is in its second year of existence for Schnellenberger, a Louisville native. The 68-year-old coach played tight end at the University of Kentucky in the 1950s and coached Louisville from 1985-94.

Florida Atlantic drove inside Eastern Kentucky's 20-yard line three times in the first half, but managed two field goals by Mark Myers and held a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Chuck Marks started the Colonels' comeback with a 10-yard touchdown run with 8:16 left in the first half. Adam Smith added a 45-yard field goal in the half's closing seconds to give Eastern Kentucky a 10-6 halftime lead.

Pierre Wright blocked a punt for a safety early in the third quarter and Marks had a 3-yard touchdown run to give Eastern Kentucky a 19-6 lead.

Smith extended the lead to 22-6 with a 22-yard field goal with 2:35 left in the third quarter.

Third-string running back Terry Ennis added 120 rushing yards for the Colonels.

Eastern Kentucky held Florida Atlantic to 25 rushing yards.

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B-CC 31, FIU 0: Quarterback Allen Suber led the visiting Wildcats with 250 total yards and one touchdown.

Bethune-Cookman gained 291 yards rushing and its defense had 12 sacks and four turnovers. The Wildcats outgained Florida International 367-53 as the Golden Panthers finished with minus-16 rushing yards.

Suber was 10 of 15 passing for 179 yards and added 71 yards rushing on 16 carries.

The Bethune-Cookman defense pressured FIU quarterback Jamie Burke throughout the game, capitalizing on two first-half turnovers to put the game out of reach early and open a 24-0 halftime lead.

Leading 10-0 early in the second quarter, Jamal Muhammad came through the middle of FIU's offensive line, forcing a Burke fumble that Rashean Mathis returned 26 yards for a touchdown.

Mathis would later end FIU's best scoring opportunity of the game.

With FIU threatening at the Wildcats 21-yard line with 2:09 remaining in the second quarter, Mathis intercepted a Burke pass at the 8-yard line.

Minutes later, another turnover provided Bethune-Cookman with its final score of the half.

Rodney Johnson finished with seven carries for 80 yards and opened the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run through the middle of the Panthers defense.

Burke threw for 84 yards on 9 of 18 passing. Rashod Smith had 58 yards rushing.

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PRESBYTERIAN 14, J'VILLE 7: Nick Harris threw to Tim Pope for two touchdowns for the visiting Blue Hose.

Harris and Pope combined in Presbyterian's first series of the game, as the 6-foot-3 sophomore receiver got behind two Jacksonville defenders to record his first collegiate touchdown.

Presbyterian added to its 7-0 halftime lead on the opening series of the second half when Harris and Pope completed a seven-play, 72-yard march.

Pope eluded Jacksonville defensive back Trey Wellington for a 30-yard scoring toss from Harris. Ryan Noll scored an extra point to give Presbyterian a 14-0 lead with just less than four minutes gone in the half.

Harris finished with 12 of 19 passing for 167 yards and the two scores. He shared time with Devin Scott who was 7-for-15 for 55 yards.

Jacksonville responded midway into the third quarter when backup quarterback Kyle Hicks connected with Jon Turner for a 59-yard reception to the 7-yard line. On the next play, Emmett Akins covered the remaining 7 yards for Jacksonville's lone score of the day.

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