ORANGEBURG, SC-Senior running back Will Ford became the All-Time Leading rusher in South Carolina State history powering #11 SC State Bulldogs 35-20 over #22 Florida A&M Saturday at Oliver C. Dawson.
South Carolina State celebrating Youth/Greek Day before a record crowd 24, 496 captured its 14 straight league win.
Ford entered the contest needing 71 yards to become the All-Time rushing leader at SCSU and 518 yards to become the MEAC's All-time leader. The senior All-American running back finished the day with 24 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns putting him second on the MEAC rushing list behind Alonzo Coleman.
"It was great to see a player like Ford earn this achievement at home in front of a record crowd," said SC State coach Buddy Pough. "Our team played very well on both sides of the ball against FAMU."
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-6 lead on 5-yard run by Ford in the first quarter at the 6:23 mark. Senior running back Travil Jamison punched a two yard run to the second quarter. Long connected with Tre'Young on a 17-yard pass to give the Bulldogs a 21-6 with 9:30 left in the first-half.
The Rattlers would strike back on a 1-yard run from senior fullback Mykel Benson cut the lead to 21-13. Ford broke free for an 11-yard scamper to give SC State a 28-13 lead with a 1:37 left in the half. Sophomore Donavon Richard scored on a 47-yard interception to put The Bulldogs ahead 35-13.
FAMU's Curtis Pulley connected on a 14-yard pass in the third quarter for their final score of the game. Donovan's second interception of the day with 0:45 seconds left sealed the 35-20 victory for SC State.
SC State quarterback Malcolm Long finished 14-19-0 for 164 yards and one touchdown, while senior wide receiver Tre' Young led the receiving corps with six catches for 77 yards and a score. FAMU was led by quarterback Curtis Pulley with 23-37 for 320 yards and three interceptions.
"Malcolm threw the ball really well and we did a great job with play calling in certain situations," stated Pough. "We just want to finish strong and get better each week as a football team."
South Carolina State hit the road next week when they travel to Hampton, VA to take on the Pirates of Hampton University in a 2 p.m. MEAC showdown.
Courtesy: SC State