In his final collegiate performance, Quentin Williams amassed 301 yards of total offense (15-18, 226 3TD’s passing; 16-75, TD rushing) and four total touchdowns, leading Bethune-Cookman to a 35-14 win over Florida A&M in the 2015 Florida Blue Florida Classic before 45,728 fans and supporters in attendance. After the game, a very proud head coach Terry Sims, who was sitting next to the Florida Classic MVP, was effusive with praise of Williams.
“Quentin hasn’t changed, he’s just been allowed to open up and be himself, he said. We just allowed him to continued to mature and my hats off to him because all spring and summer he worked and he made it his business to go out and make himself the guy you see before you today.”
The win, coupled with an upset loss of North Carolina A&T to North Carolina Central, assures the Wildcats of at least a share of their fifth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title in six years and their fifth straight Florida Classic victory over FAMU, the second longest winning streak in the history of the game (FAMU owns seven game winning streak from 1995-2001).
The Wildcat defense, led by linebacker Robert Woods (10 tackles, 4 for loss) limited the Rattler offense to just 219 total yards and forced four turnovers, consistently pressuring both Kenny Coleman and Carson Royal.
Donning their version of the NFL’s color rush jerseys with old gold tops and matching pants, the Wildcats took no time imposing their will on the Rattlers, going 54 yards in four plays, capped by a 13 yard touchdown run by Williams to take a 7-0 lead with 13:42 in the first quarter.
The Rattlers would go 69 yards on 15 plays on the ensuing drive, matriculating the ball down the field to the B-CU five yard line before Marquis Drayton intercepted a Carson Royal 3rd down pass in the end zone to halt the drive.
Nine plays later, Williams threw a 21 yard touchdown strike to JaWill Davis to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead with 3:24 remaining in the first.
The Rattlers would respond with their best drive of the day, going 65 yards in 10 plays capped by a six yard touchdown pass from Kenny Coleman to Montavious Williams to cut the Wildcat lead to 14-7 with 13:32 remaining in the first half.
Wildcats would take the ensuing kickoff and go on a 68 yards on seven plays capped by Williams’ second touchdown pass of the game, this one coming from 13 yards out to Jaime Wilson to extend the Wildcat lead to 21-7 with 9:07 remaining in the first half.
The skies opened up for roughly 20 minutes making the field conditions and handling of the football difficult for both teams. On a key third down screen pass, Michael D. Jones appeared to slip on the turf causing Bethune-Cookman to have to punt for the first time in the game. On the punt, Johnathan Cagle mishandled the snap and was forced to fall on the football, giving FAMU first and goal from the Wildcat six yard line. Two plays later, Devin Bowers scampered in from six yards out to cut the B-CU lead to 21-14 with 4:20 remaining in the half.
Out of the lockerroom FAMU moved away from Coleman and Royal played the entire second half. FAMU head coach Alex Wood provided an explanation as to why Coleman did not return to action in the second half of the game.
“Kenny had to get an IV at halftime because he had cramps, so he didn’y come out of the lockerroom until late. Then as the game went on something got in his eye and he had an eyepatch on. He couldn’t see out of his right eye, that’s why Carson had to go into the game.”
In the third period, the Wildcats would use a 12 play, 80 yard drive over 6:57 where they did not attempt a single pass. Anthony Jordan punched it in from five yards out to give the Cats a commanding 28-14 lead with 3:02 remaining in the quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, facing a 4th and 6 from the 10 yard line, Williams rolled out to his right, bought himself some time by keeping his eyes downfield and as Rattler defenders converged on him, he found a wide open Wilson in the end zone from ten yards out for his third passing TD of the game. Uriel Hernandez’s extra point gave B-CU a 35-14 lead.
With the loss, Florida A&M falls to 1-10 (1-7 MEAC). The loss marked the first time in school history the Rattlers have lost 10 games in a season and the first time since 1943 that they’ve only won a single game.
The Wildcats improve to 9-2 overall (7-1 MEAC) and will now turn their attention to the FCS selection show tomorrow morning as they will learn if they have received an at-large berth to the postseason event. Sims was very passionate when making his case for why B-CU should be selected.
“We’re one of the 24 best teams in FCS football, he said. We score points on offense and we stop people on defense. You have mistakes that happen in football, but we have a team that’s determined and won’t quit and we’ll put a great product on the field.”
The FCS selection show can be viewed tomorrow on ESPNU at 1:30 PM EST.