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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000


FAMU crushes S.C. State

JACKSONVILLE -- Quinn Gray threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns and Jacquay Nunnally remained on pace to break Jerry Rice's NCAA Division I-AA record for career receptions with seven for 128 yards and one touchdown Saturday in Florida A&M's 64-9 rout of South Carolina State.

Nunnally scored on a 70-yard reception on FAMU's first play of the second half, going over 100 yards in a game for the 19th time, four shy of Rice's mark.

Nunnally also moved ahead of Rhode Island's Brian Forster into fourth on the all-time reception list, with 247 in 35 regular-season games. Rice had 301 for Mississippi Valley State from 1981-84.

"Really, the record doesn't mean that much to me right now because I'm so far away," Nunnally said. "I'm sure if I get close, I'll get a little more excited about it."

Gray completed 17 of 37 passes in less than three quarters. He ran for two touchdowns before backup Joe Jackson replaced him and threw a 27-yard touchdown to T.J. Hines on his first series.

"You know Quinn has the potential for greatness," coach Billy Joe said, noting his size (6-5, 245 pounds) and arm strength.

Gray played behind Oteman Sampson, Patrick Bonner and JaJuan Seider in his first three years in the Rattlers' program. He started three of the 13 games he appeared in last season before winning the job in spring practice.

"He knew his turn was going to come," Joe said, "and this is Quinn time."

FAMU held South Carolina State to a field goal until Chad Eaddy scored on an 18-yard run with five minutes left.

Just as it did a year ago, when FAMU won 76-17, the game got out of hand in a hurry.

The Rattlers' scoring began when South Carolina State snapped a punt through the end zone for a safety, and they led 39-3 at halftime. The Bulldogs settled for Jay Livingston's 27-yard field goal and lost a fumble at the FAMU 7 the only times they got near the end zone.

Akron handles Knights

AKRON, Ohio -- Butchie Washington threw two touchdowns, Tony McCray ran for two scores and cornerback Dwight Smith blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter as Akron beat Central Florida 35-24 on Saturday night.

McCray scored on an 11-yard run and Washington threw scoring passes of 7 and 48 yards to Lavel Bailey in the first half as the Zips took a 28-14 lead.

McCray put Akron ahead 35-14 with 5:36 left in the third quarter.

Central Florida's Vic Penn cut the lead to 11 with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Fryzel with 8:58 to go. The Golden Knights had a chance to pull within eight with 3:05 left, but Smith blocked Javier Beorlegui's 35-yard field-goal attempt.

Penn completed 25 of 41 passes for 306 yards, but was intercepted four times, three by Smith.

TUSCULUM 13, JU 6: Sophomore Aaron Claridy rushed for 128 yards, and J.R. Wooten caught a 25-yard touchdown from Caleb Slover with 14:07 gone in the third quarter to give the visiting Pioneers the lead for good.

Jacksonville allowed a season-low 221 yards and junior quarterback Scott Brickley threw for a career-high 210 yards.

B-CC 21, JOHNSON C. SMITH 6: Quarterback Pa'Tell Troutman rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns for the host Wildcats.

The senior from Daytona Beach improved his career rushing total to 2,380. Randy Walker holds the school rushing record of 2,429 from 1971-73.

Bethune-Cookman is 3-0 for the second time in three years and is 10-0 against non-conference opponents under coach Alvin Wyatt.

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