On a rainy, dreary night, Alabama A&M kept its HBCU winning streak alive with a 30-27 win over Bethune-Cookman in its first-ever matchup as SWAC foes.
Bulldogs senior quarterback Aqeel Glass threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns while the defense sealed the win on a Trenell Troutman interception with 1:14 remaining in regulation.
Alabama A&M has won seven consecutive games dating back to the spring season.
The game-saving pick was Troutman’s second in as many games, doing the same with 17 seconds left in Alabama A&M’s season-opening 42-41 defeat of South Carolina State Sept. 4.
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Glass, who led AAMU to the SWAC championship in the spring, completed 22 of 35 passes, hooking up with Ibrahim Abdul-Fatai for first-half touchdowns of 7 and 12 yards.
Alabama A&M kicker Spencer Corey kicked field goals of 26, 22 and 43 yards, his last one extending the Bulldogs lead to 30-21 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Bethune-Cookman (0-3, 0-1) did not go away, however. Taking advantage of an Alabama A&M fourth-quarter punt that traveled just 15 yards, quarterback Shannon Patrick fired a 42-yard pass on first down to Kemari Averett to bring the Wildcats to a first-and-goal at the 9. The pair hooked up again from the 7 as Bethune-Cookman closed to 30-27 after a two-point conversion pass failed.
The Wildcats forced AAMU into a three-and-out and ground 59 yards in nine plays before Troutman’s second interception sealed the win for the Bulldogs. Patrick was 17-for-31 for 221 yards.
Que’shaun Byrd rushed 21 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns as Bethune-Cookman, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Darnell Deas returned a kickoff 89 yards to put Bethune-Cookman on the scoreboard with a touchdown and, two possessions later, the Wildcats narrowed the gap to 20-13. Bethune-Cookman turned a fumble recovery into a 52-yard scoring drive, capped by Byrd’s run from 12 yards.
The game was delayed for nearly an hour due to passing storms in the Daytona Beach area.
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