TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Ryan Stanley threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns as Florida A&M rallied late to beat Southern 27-21 on Saturday.
FAMU led by 12 at halftime but trailed 21-19 late in the fourth when Stanley took the Rattlers (2-1) 97 yards in nine plays and capped the drive with a 17-yard scoring strike to Xavier Smith. Azende Rey's pass to Kamari Young made good on the two-point conversion, giving the Rattlers a 27-21 lead with 3:32 to play. FAMU's defense held firm on the ensuing Southern drive, sacking Southern QB Ladarius Skelton to help seal the win.
Smith had 201 yards receiving on nine catches for the Rattlers.
Skelton finished with 114 yards and a score for the Jaguars (1-3). Jamar Washington led the Jaguars with 109 yards off five receptions. Washington raced for 54 yards for a score off a 8-yard reception from Skelton.
The Jaguar defense was led by senior safety Benjamin Harris with ten tackles. The Jaguars defense came alive in the second half forcing a game-high 9 tackle for loss, for a loss of 34 yards.
Southern will open SWAC play on the road to a red hot Arkansas Pine Bluff team. The Jaguars have won the last six meetings between the two. Junior quarterback, Ladarius Skelton will make his first trip home since joining the Jaguars last season.
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