Updated: Nov 29, 2021
Photos By: Duane C. Fernandez Sr. / Hardnotts Photography.com
ANDREAS BUTLER DEEP FOCUS NEWS
Florida A&M University handedly defeated Bethune-Cookman University 46-21 in the Florida Blue Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Nov. 20.
FAMU snapped B-CU's nine-game win streak in the series.
“It’s an exciting time for our program and for our University. Our kids played Rattler football and I am proud of them. It’s a great team win,” responded Willie Simmons, Florida A&M Head Coach.
Terry Sims, Bethune-Cookman Head Coach added, “You can say that we didn’t play hard but we just made too many mistakes and didn’t finish how we wanted.”
The Rattlers 30 points which included three staright turnovers that ended in scores and fumble return touchdowns by BJ Bohler and Gentle Hunt.
Bohler, an Orlando native had four tackles, a forced fumble, fumble return touchdown and an interception and fumble return score garnering MVP honors for FAMU.
Florida A&M (9-2, 7-1) finished the season on a nine-game win streak and second in the SWAC East Division behind Jackson State.
FAMU earned an at-large bid to the Football Championship Series playoffs. They will play at Southeastern Louisiana (8-3) on Nov. 27 in the first round.
Bethune-Cookman (2-9, 2-6) had their season end. Black finished with 231 yards passing with three touchdowns and an interception and was named MVP for B-CU.
FAMU held the edge in first downs (22-11), total yards (473-316), rushing yards (276-51), time of possession (36:45 to 23:15) and third down conversion (11 for 17 to 5 of 10).
Bishop Bonnett ran for 128 yards with a touchdown for FAMU.
Darryl Powell, Jr. had three catches for 164 yards with a touchdown and Kemari Averett six catches for 64 yards with two scores for B-CU.
Rasean McKay threw for 175 yards with a touchdown; Xavier Smith caught six passes for 82 yards with a score; Jaylen McCloud ran for 77 yards with a touchdown and Tyrell Jenkins ran for 68 yards rushing with a score for the Rattlers.