Delaware State 21

(1-0, 1-0 MEAC)

Florida A&M 17

(0-1, 0-1 MEAC)

7:00 PM ET, September 3, 2005

Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
DSU 9 3 2 721
FAMU 0 10 7 017

Top Performers

Passing: C. Owens (FAMU) - 223 YDS, 3 INT

Rushing: R. Pompey (FAMU) - 18 CAR, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Kiser (FAMU) - 5 REC, 65 YDS

Delaware State 21, Florida A&M 17

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Rodney Roy dove over a pile of defenders stacked on the goal line for a 1-yard-touchdown run that sent Delaware St. to a 21-17 road win over Florida A&M on Saturday night.

The loss ruined the coaching debut of FAMU's Rubin Carter, whose team was beset by five turnovers, a sluggish start and an inconsistent offense.

Still, the Rattlers (0-1) had time to take the lead after Roy's run with 8:24 left in the fourth quarter put the Hornets (1-0) on top.

FAMU quarterback Chris Owens sustained the game's final drive with a 22-yard completion to Aubrey Parrish on 4th-and-17 with 1:32 to play. But the effort stalled at the Delaware St. 31 yard line when FAMU failed to convert another fourth down with 22 seconds to play.

The Rattlers took a 17-12 lead on Rashard Pompey's 53-yard touchdown run the third quarter, but was doomed by a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions. Pompey, a Tallahassee native, led all rushers with 139 yards on 18 carries.

Peter Gaertner tied a school record by kicking four field goals, all in the first half, for the Hornets.