Scores

Final

N Carolina A&T 27

(4-5, 2-4 MEAC)

Florida A&M 31

(7-2, 5-1 MEAC)

3:00 PM ET, November 7, 2009

Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

1 2 3 4 T
NCAT 7 14 0 627
FAMU 7 10 14 031

Top Performers

Passing: L. Kindle (NCAT) - 206 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Pulley (FAMU) - 7 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: I. West (FAMU) - 6 REC, 111 YDS

Florida A&,M 31, N. Carolina A&,T 27

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- LeRoy Vann's punt return for a score tied two NCAA records to lead Florida A&M to a 31-27 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

Vann's 51-yard touchdown on a punt return in the third quarter was the senior's fifth of the season and his eighth career punt return for a score. He tied both the NCAA single-season and career records, along with setting the Football Championship Subdivision record for career returns.

Vann now shares the Football Bowl Subdivision and FCS records for single-season punt return touchdowns with Hawaii's Chad Owens (2004) and North Carolina A&T's Curtis DeLoatch (2001).

He holds the FBS career record along with Texas Tech's Wes Welker (2000-03) and Oklahoma's Antonio Perkins (2001-04). Vann also broke the all time FCS career record, formerly held by Northern Iowa's Kenny Shedd (1989-92) with seven.

The record-setting return gave Florida A&M (7-2, 5-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) a 31-21 lead that they wouldn't relinquish in the final frame. Vann finished with 81 punt return yards and 51 yards on kickoff returns.

Rattlers quarterback Curtis Pulley threw a 16-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 22-yard run before leaving the game in the third quarter with a groin injury.

Pulley finished 9-for-17 with 145 yards and added 79 yards rushing on seven carries. The Rattlers' Isaac West caught six passes for 111 yards.

Lewis Kindle threw two touchdown passes and scored on a 7-yard run for North Carolina A&T (5-5, 3-4). He finished 16-for-30 with 206 yards and an interception. Dontavious Payne rushed for 59 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown for the Aggies.

Florida A&M won despite committing six turnovers, missing two field goals and having another kick blocked.

The Rattlers have now won five straight in the all time series, which they also lead 41-11-2.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NCAT
FAMU
1st Downs1621
Total Yards362367
Passing206176
Rushing156191
Penalties13-1085-78
3rd Down Conversions4-172-9
4th Down Conversions2-40-0
Turnovers36
Possession38:5021:10

Passing Leaders

North Carolina A&TC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kindle16/302066.921
Florida A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pulley9/171458.510

Rushing Leaders

North Carolina A&TCARYDSAVGTDLG
Payne22592.718
Kindle11544.9118
Florida A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pulley77911.3122
Sylvester13715.5140

Receiving Leaders

North Carolina A&TRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miles78211.7029
Cooper55410.8020
Florida A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
West611118.5046
Elliott33010.0116

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNCATFAMU
TD07:08Kevin Elliott 16 Yd Pass From Curtis Pulley (Trevor Scott Kick) 07
TD00:17Lewis Kindle 7 Yd Run (Wallace Miles Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERNCATFAMU
TD14:14Curtis Pulley 22 Yd Run (Trevor Scott Kick) 714
FG08:23Trevor Scott 31 Yd 717
TD06:19Brett Fisher 22 Yd Pass From Lewis Kindle (Wallace Miles Kick) 1417
TD05:55Terrance Whitaker 23 Yd Pass From Lewis Kindle (Wallace Miles Kick) 2117
THIRD QUARTERNCATFAMU
TD06:44Philip Sylvester 40 Yd Run (Trevor Scott Kick) 2124
TD02:51LeRoy Vann 51 Yd Punt Return (Trevor Scott Kick) 2131
FOURTH QUARTERNCATFAMU
TD12:55Dontavious Payne 8 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 2731