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Wildcats close in late but fail to win

For the third straight week, Bethune-Cookman had a chance to win in the final minutes and came up short.

A penalty negated a two-point conversion run by the Wildcats, and Albany State left Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium with a 30-29 victory Saturday.

The Division I-AA Wildcats, playing a Division II team ranked seventh in the Sheridan Poll, cut the gap to one point on quarterback Tony Kerrin's bootleg from 9 yards with 2:33 to play. Demetrious Cobbs was untouched as he ran into the left corner of the end zone for the apparent conversion, but a holding penalty nullified the run. Reggie Mays' point-after attempt from 32 yards was wide right.

"It was a late flag," B-CC offensive coordinator Reggie Beverly said. "The fullback already made his cut block, and Cobbs was in the end zone."

Albany State extended its winning streak to five games and improved to 7-1 in the non-conference matchup. It was Bethune-Cookman's sixth straight loss, but the last three have come by a combined five points.

B-CC's no-huddle offense racked up a season-high 525 yards. Kerrin completed 22 of 36 passes for 282 yards and one touchdown: a 38-yarder to wideout John Jones. Keith Brown led the Wildcats' ground attack with 72 yards and a TD in 17 carries.

Albany State defensive back Junior Snead intercepted a Bethune-Cookman pass and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown to snap a 20-20 tie.

Rams quarterback Sultan Cooper passed for two touchdowns and ran for another. The junior QB capped a 66-yard drive on Albany State's second possession by sneaking in the end zone from 1 yard. Later in the first quarter, Cooper connected with tight end Clarence Benford for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Wide receiver Vincent Huff caught a 36-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

A 31-yard field goal by James Roberts gave Albany State a 30-23 cushion with 7:45 to play.