Grambling broke open a close game with 29 fourth-quarter points last night en route to a 43-21 victory over host Florida A&M, to give Coach Eddie Robinson his 300th career victory.

Robinson, in increasing his record to 300-98-13, joined Alabama Coach Bear Bryant (319) as the only active coaches with 300 or more lifetime wins. Amos Alonzo Stagg and Glenn (Pop) Warner also passed the 300-victory mark.

"On a clear day you can see forever," said Robinson, 63, "and on a night like this you might feel you can go on forever.

"The full impact of what happened here tonight probably won't hit me until later. I have so much respect for the guys over 300 . . . if this means anything, then I want it to be an inspiration to the younger players."

His Tigers increased their record to 3-0 while the Rattlers fell to 2-1.

Wingback Trumaine Johnson, called by Robinson "the most exciting college player today," almost single-handedly assured the victory for his coach, scoring three of Grambling's last four touchdowns on two pass receptions and a 64-yard punt return.

Robinson said he was so excited before kickoff that "for the first time in 40 years I couldn't talk to the team before the game. They were so emotional before the game that I couldn't do it, so we went without an inspirational message."