N.C. Central struck first but not for a long time to follow, and Florida A&M ran away with a big road win on Saturday.
The Rattlers (3-2, 2-0 MEAC) scored six unanswered touchdowns at the heart of a 55-14 victory in the conference opener for the Eagles (1-3, 0-1).
N.C. Central’s originally-scheduled MEAC debut against S.C. State was postponed to Nov. 24 due to Hurricane Florence.
The Eagles opened with a three-minute drive capped by a 13-yard pass from Naiil Ramadan to running back Jordan Freeman.
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The Rattlers responded in a matter of seconds, with quarterback Ryan Stanley connecting with Marcus Williams for a 43-yard score.
Florida A&M scored five more times (three on passes from Stanley to Chad Hunter) and got a pair of Yahia Aly field goals before the silence broke for the Eagles offense. That came on a 1-yard run by Freeman with about three minutes left in the third quarter.
Ramadan (12-19-73) handed off duties in the second half to redshirt freshman Dominique Shoffner, who finished 10 of 17 for 98 yards.
Stanley completed 13 of 18 attempts for 254 yards and four touchdowns for the Rattlers.
Deshawn Smith led the ground attack (20-152) and Hunter was the top receiver (7-135) for Florida A&M.