ORLANDO, Fla. -- Curtis Pulley accounted for four touchdowns to lead Florida A&M to a 58-35 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.
Pulley rushed for 171 yards on 13 carries and passed for 125 yards to help the Rattlers (9-3, 5-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) improved their record from last year's 3-8 mark under first-year coach Joe Taylor.
Phillip Sylvester ran for 93 yards and two TDs on 24 carries for Florida A&M.
McKinson Souverain ran for 107 yards on 20 carries, scoring on runs of 27, 3 and 2 yards for the Wildcats (8-3, 5-3). He also passed for 103 yards, including 40 yard touchdown pass to Phillip Kirkland late in the fourth quarter.
FAMU's Trevor Scott booted field goals from 37, 32 and 26 yards.
The Rattlers led 31-0 with 6:51 to play in the second quarter before the Wildcats scored on two short runs by Souverain.
But LeRoy Vann's 83-yard kickoff return extended Florida A&M's lead to 38-13 with 4:28 left.
Bethune-Cookman got within 10 points, 38-28, in the first minute of the third quarter after Souverain's third TD, but FAMU scored 20 unanswered points to seal the victory.