ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tydarius Peters had two fourth-quarter interceptions, including a pick-6 with 17 seconds remaining, to help Bethune-Cookman hold off Florida A&M for a 33-19 victory on Saturday in the Florida Classic.
Florida A&M (6-5, 5-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) has lost three straight games, and with North Carolina A&T’s win over North Carolina Central, is knocked out of the conference title. Bethune-Cookman (7-5, 5-2) has won its last three.
Ryan Stanley’s 9-yard touchdown pass to George Webb gave the Rattlers a 19-17 lead, but Vernon Walker III blocked the ensuing PAT and ran it back to the other end zone to tie the game at 19 with 37 seconds left in the third quarter.
Jabari Dunham’s 5-yard touchdown run gave Bethune-Cookman a 26-19 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Peters picked off a Stanley pass on the Rattlers next possession, but Florida A&M forced a three-and-out. Stanley led a 10-play drive to the BCU 11 before throwing his second pick of the game to Peters, who scored to seal it for the Wildcats.