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Rattlers waste little time, whip Morgan St.

Quarterback Quinn Gray threw four touchdowns and Florida A&M's defense stifled Morgan State as the Rattlers cruised to a 56-25 win in their home opener Saturday.

FAMU has not lost in Tallahassee since the first game of the 1998 season.

"That's the 12th man," senior defensive end Ebbie Parsons said. "Actually, we've got 13 men on the field: the band plus the crowd. We knew we could do it, but we needed to show the coaches and the fans."

Gray, who played three quarters, threw touchdowns to three receivers, and Juan Vasquez kicked five field goals.

Florida A&M took a 39-7 halftime lead as Gray threw for 304 yards and the Rattlers defense tallied two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

"It was what we stressed all week," sophomore receiver DeMar Bowe said. "Last week (a 49-21 win at Delaware State), we played like we had no enthusiasm, so we had to come out strong. We did, and we had the game at the first half."

After the opening kickoff,FAMU took less than two minutes to score on a 70-yard drive. Gray completed four passes in a row, the last a 30-yard touchdown to receiver Isaac Brown.

Morgan State came back quickly, with quarterback Custavious Patterson hitting receiver Anthony Collins for 43 yards on the Bears' first play. Morgan State scored three plays later when Patterson lofted a 17-yard pass to receiver Marc Lester in the end zone.

Florida A&M dominated the rest of the half as it scored on eight of its first nine possessions. Gray also connected on a 36-yard touchdown pass to receiver T.J. Hines and a 17-yard touchdown to Bowe, who made a diving catch in the end zone after the pass was tipped.

All-America receiver Jacquay Nunnally scored the half's other touchdown, when he took a pitch from Gray and ran in from the 5.

"We had to step up. There's a lot of pressure on Jacquay," Bowe said. "The rest of the receivers had to take some pressure off him. He's good, but everyone is keying on him."

_ Correspondent Jabari Ritchie contributed to this report.

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