Home Field Advantage: Four of Delaware State’s five victories in the series have occurred in Tallahassee, with the largest margin of victory being five points. (18-13 in 1989)
Back to the Laboratory: Mountain Dew MDX, an energy soda due to hit the market in November, was given out to students who attended a pep rally in the Rattlers Den before the game. Apparently, it didn’t energize the student section much in the first half.
The Marching 100 lost members and was still able to cover the entire field.
Alvin Hollins Jr. was inducted into the Rattler Sports Hall-of-Fame at halftime. By the time the third quarter started, he was back on the job handing out statistics and documenting the game for FAMU’s athletic Web site thefamurattlers.com.
And it’s Gooooood! Delaware State kicker Peter Gaertner didn’t miss a kick (four field goals and an extra point), after converting on only six of his 11 attempts in 2004.
Bombs Away! Delaware State’s Erik Contos and FAMU’s Wesley Taylor put on a punting exhibition. Contos had seven punts for a shade under a 47-yard average, while Taylor averaged 49 yards on eight punts.
Open the Floodgates: After scoring only 29 total points in the first quarter of each game in 2004, Delaware State scored nine first quarter points versus FAMU.
Because Delaware State did not want to give FAMU a copy of film of its spring game, neither team did the customary practice of exchanging film for the game.
Focal Point: The Marching 100 may have spelled his name before the game, but Rubin Carter had no clue about the formation until after the game, saying he was “totally focused” on the game and couldn’t worry about it.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The entire Delaware State team danced on the Rattler logo at midfield before the game, but walked around the Marching 100 on their way to the locker room.
2nd Chance: Don’t be surprised if Albert Chester plays against South Florida this weekend. According to Carter, “It’s a position that is being evaluated.”
Upward Mobility: Rashard Pompey moved into seventh place on the all-time FAMU rushing list with his 113-yard performance Saturday. With a strong 2005 campaign, he could join the legendary Willie Galimore and Tony Barber as the only FAMU running backs to rush for 3,000 career yards.
Orange Crush: Athletic Director E. Newton Jackson is asking all students, alumni, and supporters of FAMU to wear green for the Rattlers next home game against Howard on September 17 and orange at the home finale on November 5 against North Carolina A&T.
Quote of the Week: “I knew we would be slower with so many young people at (the) skill positions.” DSU head coach Al Lavan.
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