There were two college football games in Tallahassee on Nov. 2. On the north end of town at Doak Campbell Stadium, many were there to watch the University of Miami Hurricanes beat the Florida State Seminoles 27-10 for the third year in a row. The best team in Tallahassee though had a game on the south side of town at Bragg Memorial Stadium.
After missing last week’s game against Morgan State University, Ryan Stanley was inserted back into the lineup and did not disappoint as he continued to set records as the No. 17 Florida A&M Rattlers took on Delaware State Hornets in Tallahassee this past weekend. The senior quarterback Stanley completed 15 out of 25 passes, with four touchdowns and zero interceptions as the Rattlers prevailed in the matchup with a 52-30 victory. FAMU’s wide receiver Xavier Smith, who was on the receiving end of Stanley’s record-breaking touchdown pass, finished his evening with nine receptions for 184 yards and 4 touchdowns. Smith’s accolades from the game was further celebrated when ESPN’s college football analyst Joey Galloway gave him a helmet sticker on ESPN College Football Scoreboard. Smith is now just 67 yards from a 1,000-yard receiving season. Stanley, FAMU’s new all-time passing leader, made history yet again this season, as he passed Quinn Gray to become FAMU’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (58) and passing attempts (1,017).
After securing three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victories in a row against North Carolina A&T (6-2 overall, 4-1 MEAC) 34-31 on Oct. 20, against Morgan State University (1-8 overall, 1-5 MEAC) 24-12 on Oct. 26 and Delaware State University (1-8 overall, 0-6 MEAC) on Nov. 2, Florida A&M (8-1 overall, 6-0 MEAC) now finds itself continuing to climb in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) rankings. FAMU is currently ranked No.15, tied with North Carolina A&T in the FCS coaches poll.
The Rattlers entered the FCS Associated Press Top 25 poll two weeks ago for the first time since 2009 at No. 23 after a victory against the defending MEAC Champions North Carolina A&T and climbing up to No. 17 last week after a victory against Morgan State University.
Head Coach Willie Simmons and the Rattler football team is “keeping the outside noise outside.”
“Being in the top 25 was never a goal that we set as a football team; it’s a huge accomplishment. But we have a lot of football left to play,” Simmons said. “Every game left on our schedule is a conference game and we have a goal to finish as the No. 1 team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference,” Simmons said.
The Rattlers are currently on an eight-game winning streak and is the last undefeated team remaining in MEAC Conference play. Florida A&M’s winning streak of eight straight games is the longest since the 1998 season when the team won 10 straight. The Rattlers look to continue their winning ways as they enter the final 2 games of the regular season.
• Saturday Nov. 16 vs Howard (1-8 overall, 1-4 MEAC) (4 p.m.) Tallahassee
• Saturday Nov. 23 vs Bethune- Cookman* (6-2 overall, 4-1 MEAC) (3:30 p.m.) Orlando,
*Florida Blue Florida Classic