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Bethune-Cookman took home the honors against Florida A&M at the 36th edition of the Florida Classic with a 35-14 victory.
The reported crowd of 45,728 saw The Wildcats jump out to a 21-7 lead in the first half and it looked like a heavy defeat was on the cards for The Rattlers. Some heavy rain gave Florida A&M some relief as they battled back and came within one touchdown of leveling the scores in the third quarter but it was not to be as the Wildcats recorded the largest margin of victory in the series since 2009.
The Rattlers’ defense had few answers for Bethune-Cookman’s Quentin Williams, as the senior quarterback combined for 304 total yards of offense and four total touchdowns in the victory.
Florida A&M finished the season 1-10 under first-year head coach Alex Wood. This is the first time Florida A&M’s football program has ever finished a season with 10 losses and first time since 1943 FAMU only won a single game.
Now Bethune-Cookman hope the Football Championship Subdivision playoff selection committee members are impressed as the team is trying to secure an at-large bid and become one of 24 teams to qualify for the FCS playoffs. The committee will reveal its decision Sunday.
The highlight of the day though was the battle of the marching bands. In many cases this is the sole reason to go to the game and so it proved again this year as both bands gave a superb exhibition for the rain soaked crowd.
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