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Florida A&M defeats Tennessee State 31-12

Sep 27, 2009 - 12:46 AM ATLANTA(AP) -- Curtis Pulley threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns to lead Florida A&M to a 31-12 victory over Tennessee State in the Atlanta Football Classic on Saturday.

Pulley was 24-for-34 and threw second-half touchdown passes of 2 and 26 yards to help the Rattlers (4-0) rally from a 12-10 halftime deficit.

Pulley's 2-yard pass to Max Purcell gave Florida A&M a 17-12 lead with 5:11 left in the third quarter. Pulley then connected with Isaac West for a 24-12 lead with 14:16 left in the game.

Tennessee State (1-3) took a 6-3 lead on Preston Brown's 9-yard scoring run with 14:54 left in the second quarter. The Rattlers pulled ahead 10-6 on Philip Sylvester's 8-yard run, but the Tigers took a 12-10 lead on Calvin McNairl's 1-yard run with 59 seconds left in the first half.

McNairl led Tennessee State with 82 yards on 14 carries and Brown added 75 yards on 12 carries.