ORANGEBURG, SC (October 8, 2022) — Graduate quarterback Corey Fields, Jr. threw 17-of-48 for 237-yards and two touchdowns but fell short in an come from behind effort to fall in an 20-14 defeat to visiting Florida A&M Saturday (Oct. 8th) at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium/Willie Jeffries Field.
Despite the loss, Fields, Jr. set a new school record for pass attempts in a game with 48 on the day. His previous record was 47 versus New Mexico State in 2021.
SC State down by as many as 20-points early in the fourth quarter managed to claw their way back into the contest, after a pair of touchdown tosses from Jeremy Moussa to Xavier Smith (63-yards) and Jah’Ma Sheread (35-yards) put FAMU ahead 14-0.
J Romo-Martinez nailed back-to-back field goals of 43 and 38-yards to lift the Rattlers ahead soundly 20-0 at the 11:09 mark in the third quarter.
Redshirt-senior Shaquan Davis found his rhythm to put the Bulldogs back in striking distance with a pair of touchdown catches from Fields of 14 and 44-yards to make the score 20-14 late in the game.
Florida A&M would hold to close out with an 20-14 victory over South Carolina State.
Redshirt junior linebacker BJ Davis spearheaded the defense finishing with five tackles and a game-high two interceptions on the day. Sophomore linebacker Aaron Smith led the way with eight tackles along with defensive ends Patrick Godbolt and Jeblonksi Green, Jr. with seven each in the loss.
“It’s sad when you they that close and just can’t finish to get the win,” said head coach Buddy Pough. “We seem to have a way of starting 1-4 but I am confident we will turn things around.”
Davis finished with five catches for 81-yards and two touchdowns
NEXT UP: South Carolina State will play host to Virginia Lynchburg in a non-conference matchup Saturday, Oct. 15th inside Oliver C. Dawson Stadium/Willie Jeffries Field. Kick-off is 1:30 p.m.
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