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College team penalized before kickoff for violating unknown rule

Florida A&M quarterback Vincent Jeffries, 1, hands the ball off to running back Ricky Henrilus, 28, during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark.. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP/WKRC) — It was a tough matchup to begin with as Florida A&M traveled to Arkansas for its second game of the football season. But it didn't help the Rattlers incurred penalties at the beginning of each quarter for violating an unknown rule-- at least to the school's equipment manager.

FAMU was penalized at the beginning of each quarter on Thursday night, thanks to the team's white-on-white uniforms that made the numbers unreadable for many in War Memorial Stadium. The Rattlers lost a timeout with each penalty, forfeiting four of their six for the game because of the uniform snafu.

"I guess you can't see them electronically," coach Alex Wood said.

According to Rule 1-4.5-b, the numbers must contrast with the jersey, even if those numbers have visible borders.

The Rattlers lost to the Razorbacks 49-7.

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