Florida Classic: Record day fails to make Rattler feel any better
None of Ben Dougherty's half-dozen touchdowns come during the fourth quarter of FAMU's loss.
By IBRAM ROGERS
Published November 21, 2004
ORLANDO - It was Florida A&M senior quarterback Ben Dougherty's last chance to beat Bethune-Cookman. And he made the most of it, throwing a Florida Classic record six touchdowns.
Dougherty, however, was shut out during the fourth quarter, and he couldn't answer B-CC's four consecutive touchdowns in the Rattlers' 58-52 overtime loss at the Citrus Bowl.
"It hurts really bad," Dougherty said. "It hurts worse than last year's (39-35 loss) actually. That's why you play four quarters in football."
In addition to his six touchdowns, Dougherty threw for 462 yards with one interception, completing 25 of 46 passes. It was part of the highest-scoring game in Florida Classic history, 110 points, 1,152 yards of offense and 59 first downs.
Dougherty opened the game with a 53-yard touchdown to sophomore Roosevelt Kiser and followed that on the Rattlers' next drive with a 14-yard touchdown to freshman Ronald Wright.
Dougherty tacked on another touchdown during the first quarter when he led LeVon Gorman with a 9-yard strike.
Dougherty (6 feet 4, 215 pounds) opened the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown to Gerard Morgan. In the third quarter, he answered two Wildcats touchdowns with a 66-yarder to Kiser and 36-yarder to Rashard Pompey.
Dougherty's favorite receiver was Kiser, who had 197 yards on five receptions.
"He's a gamer," Dougherty said. "He comes to play every week, but unfortunately, it wasn't enough for us to get the victory."
FAMU coach Billy Joe said he was surprised the numbers the tandem put up as well as the rest of the Rattlers offense weren't enough to win.
"Fifty-two points should be enough to win a football game," he said. "We have an offense that's very effective and matches up very well against B-CC."
Saturday capped an extremely successful career for Dougherty. He's fourth all-time at FAMU in passing yards with 4,795 and second all-time in completions with 259, likely earning him a spot in FAMU's hall of fame.
Dougherty was named the game's most valuable player for the Rattlers.
"This MVP trophy is nice, but I would have rather have gotten a victory," Dougherty said. "I would rather throw for zero yards and five interceptions and get a victory."