Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bethune-Cookman wins third straight Florida Classic over FAMU

Bethune-Cookman QB Quentin Williams pulls away from FAMU defensive end James Broaddus to score a touchdown during the annual Florida Classic at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Orlando Sentinel

Bethune-Cookman QB Quentin Williams pulls away from FAMU defensive end James Broaddus to score a touchdown during the annual Florida Classic at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

ORLANDO — Defense wins championships, and Bethune-Cookman is back in the Division I-AA playoffs after shutting down Florida A&M on Saturday in the Florida Classic.

Quentin Williams and Isidore Jackson each rushed for two touchdowns as the Wildcats downed the Rattlers 29-10 in front of an announced 45,321.

The Wildcats (10-2, 7-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) defeated the Rattlers (3-9, 2-6) for the third consecutive time, earned a share of the conference title and clinched a berth in the I-AA playoffs next week.

It will be B-CU's third appearance in the playoffs in the past four years. It lost to New Hampshire in 2010 — Brian Jenkins' first season as Wildcats coach — and Coastal Carolina last year.

Williams rushed for 70 yards and completed 7 of 10 for 95 more. Jackson gained 96 yards on 29 carries as the Wildcats held the ball for 36:48 and outgained FAMU 289-89.

The Rattlers' lone touchdown was defensive back Jonathan Pillow's 45-yard fumble return in the third quarter. FAMU's offense never got inside the Wildcats 30.

"We knew we could play defense like we did today," said Jenkins, whose team has won 10 games twice in his four-year tenure. "When you have coaches like I do for defense, you can only have confidence they're going to play lights-out."

FAMU capitalized on a Wildcats fumble for a 3-0 lead with 9:58 left in the first quarter. B-CU then took over.

Williams scored on runs of 10 and 17 yards to cap scoring drives of 79 and 66 yards on the next two possessions. After recovering a fumble on the FAMU 16, Bethune-Cookman took a 21-3 lead on a 3-yard Jackson run. B-CU's defense held the Rattlers to three first downs and 34 yards in the first half.

Williams left the game after giving up the fumble on a hard hit that Pillow took in for the touchdown. B-CU struggled on offense most of the second half.

"I'm a little disappointed with the offense and a little disappointed with (Williams)," Jenkins said. "Quentin could run into a brick truck and get up."

"We never found a tempo on offense where we could move the ball down the field," said FAMU coach Earl Holmes.

B-CU will find out its playoff opponent today. "Believe it or not, I'm going to take a breather," Jenkins said. "Then we'll see what's in store for us."

Bethune-Cookman wins third straight Florida Classic over FAMU 11/23/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 23, 2013 10:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ryan Callahan encouraged by his return

    Blogs

    Captain Steven Stamkos wasn't the only key Lightning player to make a triumphant return Friday night against Nashville.

  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb hates to hear how he "battled through" or "grinded out" a start rather than just dominated, but that's kind of what he did Friday, allowing nine hits and a walk and being charged with two wild pitches but only three runs in earning his 12th win.

  3. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  5. Ww's Odessabeach makes run at Husker Magic stakes final

    Parimutuels

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Hurricane Irma blew through Florida earlier this month, Ww's Odessabeach remained in her comfort zone.