Orlando, FL. – The 2014 Florida Classic played at the newly renovated Citrus Bowl
was supposed to be an easy win for 24th ranked Bethune -Cookman Wildcats. However, the Florida A&M
Rattlers had a different plan. Bethune Cookman’s first drive did not go well. Quentin Williams’ 1st pass was picked off by Akil Blount on the 2nd play of the game. The Rattlers went crazy but were not
able to capitalize and their first drive ended in a punt.
The first half was scoreless and a blur to most fans. The Classic picked up speed with the highly anticipated halftime show. Both bands did what was expected of them – Gave an outstanding show.
With 1:16 left in the third quarter, Bethune got the scoring started with a 9 yard touchdown by Michael Jones.
FAMU was not impressed and capped a 74 yard drive with a 2 yard touchdown by Quarterback Damien Fleming. He later described the game as, “It was like a boxing match, just going back and forth, back and forth until the end.”
The fourth quarter was shaping up to be something special, but no one had any idea how special. Famu’s Chase Varnadore booted a 29 yard field goal to take the lead to 10-7. Bethune had one drive to tie the score and that is just what they did when Haden Hoggarth kicked a 32 yarder.
Overtime in front of a 41,126 fan crowd was ecstatic. FAMU’s Damien Fleming completed his 1st pass to Marquis Drayton. With 2nd and 10 to go, Fleming connected with Kareem Smith in the corner for the touchdown. All you could hear following this play were Rattler fans screaming Defense, Defense, Defense!!! The crowd was pumped until Larry Brihm completed a 26 yard pass to Jhomo Gordon on 4th and 12. Then Danny Dillard silenced the crowd with a 1 yard run. What happen next was unthinkable.
The question “Are the Wildcats are wild enough to go for the two-pointer conversion?” would soon be answered. BCU’s head coach Brian Jenkins stated, “My son told me all week if we have a chance to go for two, do it!” The formation was funky, but when Larry Brihm crossed the goal line, the FAMU nation was crushed.
Quarterback Larry Brihm stated, “The officials tried to review it, but I knew I was in. The guys who blocked for me did a great job. They blocked their butt off and I just made a cut to get into the end zone.” The final score was 18-17 with Bethune winning the last four in the series that dates back to 1925 .