On a soggy Bragg Stadium field under stormy skies, the Florida A&M Rattlers sloshed to a 10-3 win over the Howard Bison in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.
Tailback Chuck Duffey led FAMU with a game-high 137 yards rushing on 17 carries before leaving in the fourth quarter with a torn deltoid ligament in his ankle. Team trainer Rickey Hayes said the Rattlers' top offensive threat will be out for a minimum six to eight weeks.
"You hate to lose a kid like that in his senior season," FAMU coach Ken Riley said. "That's definitely a big one, but we will go on."
Riley said he will petition the NCAA to get the fourth-year senior a medical redshirt for this season.
The Division I-AA No.
11 Rattlers are 4-1, 2-0 heading into this week's game with defending MEAC champion North Carolina A&T in Orlando. Howard falls to 3-2, 0-1.
The two teams flew through the first half in only 45 minutes as a constant rain had both coaching staffs keeping the ball on the ground. Duffey rolled up 91 yards in the first half, including a 57-yard dash that led to a Tim Camron field goal of 21 yards. That was the only score before intermission.
About midway through the first quarter the scoreboard game clock shut down.
"That made play-calling difficult," Riley said. "It definitely made us more conservative through the game."
FAMU and Howard both came close to scoring touchdownsin the second quarter, only to be turned away. Camron missed a 31-yard field-goal attempt. Howard drove to the FAMU 20 before safety Darryl Smith intercepted Jay Walker's pass at the 18.
The second half was a drier story. After the kickoff, Howard rode Walker's arm to a 28-yard Cedric Rawls field goal to tie the game at three. That's when Duffey took over again. Following a 29-yard Tracy Weldon scramble, Duffey ripped a 27-yard burst to the 2 before scoring on the next play.
UCF 43, Moscow 6
The Moscow Bears were thrilled to get the one thing they wanted in Orlando: a touchdown.
The TD came with 10 minutes remaining when Bears quarterback Andrei Arsentiev hit Sergey Shavyrin with a 61-yard pass.
The Russians picked up football in 1989. The Moscow players will spend a week in the Central Florida area, touring attractions and working with the Knights' coaching staff in private clinics.
_ The Associated Press contributed to this report.