TALLAHASSEE - Roosevelt Kiser threw one touchdown pass and caught another Saturday as Florida A&M beat Howard 33-20, giving new Rattlers coach Rubin Carter his first win.
Florida A&M (1-2, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) jumped to a 24-0 halftime lead with quarterback Josh Driscoll throwing one touchdown and scoring on a 6-yard run. Florida A&M's defense held Howard to 65 yards in the first half and did not give up a first down until midway through the second quarter.
Kiser, a receiver, took a lateral and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Aubrey Parrish with 11:55 left in the second quarter, giving the Rattlers a 21-0 lead. Kiser scored in the third quarter on a 39-yard pass from backup quarterback Chris Owens.
Howard (1-2, 0-2 MEAC) tried to rally in the second half, scoring its first touchdown in the third quarter on a 3-yard run by Jamar Smith.
Howard scored twice in the fourth quarter on touchdown passes of 24 and 9 yards from Ronald Venters to Thyron Lewis.
Carter, a former Howard assistant, became coach this summer after Florida A&M fired Billy Joe. The Rattlers lost their first two games to conference foe Delaware State and South Florida.
S.C. ST. 27, B-CC 24: Chris Burgess caught three touchdown passes and Marshall McFadden blocked a late-game field goal attempt as the Bulldogs held on. South Carolina State jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, but needed McFadden's block of Jesus Cortez's 34-yard field goal attempt with 40 seconds remaining to halt the comeback by the Wildcats.