Florida A&M no match for No. 4 Buckeyes, 76-0
When it was over, Florida A&M coach Earl Holmes didn't want anyone feeling sorry for his team.
''We don't want a pity party,'' the Rattlers coach said.
None requested, none offered.
Sterling backup Kenny Guiton tossed a school-record six touchdown passes - all in the first half - as No. 4 Ohio State used an early Rattlers mistake to roll to a 76-0 victory on Saturday.
FAMU, which picked up the sport in 1899, had never lost by so many points. It was also the most lopsided Ohio State win since an 85-7 victory over Drake in 1935.
Holmes, who once played in the Buckeye state for the Cleveland Browns, refused to say that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had run up the score despite the Buckeyes throwing 23 passes in the first quarter and Guiton flipping a touchdown pass with 5 seconds left in the half to make it 55-0.
''I don't have a problem with that,'' Holmes said. ''I don't expect the coach to kneel. You play the game. You play for 60 minutes.''
The game pitted a team with national-title aspirations and a Football Championship Subdivision member receiving a $900,000 guarantee.
At least it was decided relatively quickly. The Buckeyes (4-0) were up 21-0 in the opening 6 minutes and never looked back. Guiton, who completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards, tossed four TD passes in the first quarter.
FAMU (1-3) was behind 48-0 when it picked up its initial first down in the second quarter.
''Ohio State's defense had a lot of movement,'' said Rattlers quarterback Damien Fleming, who completed 10 of 16 passes for 30 yards with one interception. ''On top of that, they are really fast and just made a lot of plays.''
The stats were as lopsided as the score. Ohio State had a 34-2 edge in first downs and a 603-80 differential in yards.
Guiton was filling in for Braxton Miller, the Big Ten's offensive player of the year last season and a Heisman Trophy hopeful this year, who missed his second game in a row with a sprained medial-collateral ligament in his left knee.
It was FAMU that made the first big play of the day.
After a short punt ended the Rattlers' first possession, Ohio State took over at the FAMU 30. On third down from the 3, Guiton's pass into the end zone was picked off by Patrick Aiken. Aiken, however, elected to try to run the ball out. He got to the 3 before being hit by running back Jordan Hall and fumbling the ball away.
''I got caught up in the moment,'' Aiken said. ''I made a mental error. I should have just kneed the ball in the end zone.''
From there, the floodgates opened. Hall scored on the next play. A long punt return and then a blocked punt led to touchdowns as the score mounted.
Guiton eclipsed the mark that had been held by John Borton in 1952 and Bobby Hoying (who did it in 1994 and again in 1995) with his second TD pass to Spencer in the final seconds of the half.
Meyer took his foot off the gas and filled the field with subs in the second half. Fifth-team tailback Ezekiel Elliott ran for 162 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns and third-string quarterback Cardale Jones ran for one.
The Rattlers' largest previous margin of defeat was 73-6 against Tuskegee in 1926.
''It's always worth it,'' Holmes said of scheduling a juggernaut. ''You've got some guys who have aspirations of playing on Sunday. So you find out exactly where you fit.''
At least Florida A&M dared to go before a partisan crowd of 103,595 at Ohio Stadium.
''Look around. You see a lot of FCS schools that beat (Bowl Championship Subdivision) schools,'' Holmes said. ''But it didn't happen today.''
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