ORLANDO, Fla. -- Phillip Sylvester scored three touchdowns as Florida A&M beat previously undefeated Bethune-Cookman 38-27 to grab a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship on Saturday.
The Rattlers' (8-3, 7-1) victory, before a crowd of 61,712 at the 31st Florida Classic, won their sixth straight. Bethune-Cookman (10-1, 7-1), which clinched a tie for the title a week ago, earns the league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs because of the conference's tiebreaker policies.
Florida A&M, which dominated both offensively and defensively in the second half, has now won three straight Florida Classic games.
Sylvester rushed for 146 yards on 26 carries, scoring on runs of 9, 1 and 3 yards.
Trailing 27-14 at halftime, Florida A&M used three scores in the third quarter to take a 31-27 lead.