TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WAFB) - Southern spotted Florida A&M 17 points before rallying to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but a late touchdown gave FAMU the win.
The Jags (1-3) fell 27-21 to the Rattlers (2-1).
The Rattlers struck quickly, scoring on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Stanley to George Webb to give FAMU the 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Later, a safety gave the Rattlers a 9-0 lead. Florida A&M next scored on a touchdown run from Azende Rey to go up 17-0 in the first quarter.
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The Jags got on the board in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bubba McDaniel to make it 17-7. However, a mishandled snap on fourth down resulted in a safety to give FAMU the 19-7 lead.
In the first half, Ladarius Skelton was 2-of-6 for 24 yards. McDaniel was 3-of-7 for 73 yards. He had a rushing touchdown but threw two interceptions.
In the third quarter, Skelton hooked up with Jamar Washington for a 54-yard touchdown to make it 19-14. In the fourth quarter, Skelton ran one in from nine yards out to give the Jags the 21-19 lead.
Later, the Rattlers found pay dirt again on a 17-yard pass from Stanley to Xavier Smith and a two-point conversion to reclaim the lead at 27-21. The Jags were unable to counter and came away with the loss.
Skelton finished 11-of-18 for 114 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for a score. Washington had five catches for 109 yards and one touchdown.
Benjamin Harris led the Jaguar defense with 10 tackles.
Stanley threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns for FAMU.
Southern will open SWAC play Saturday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.