- The South Carolina State Bulldogs once again proved why they are the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Champions Saturday cruising to a 24-3 victory over Bethune-Cookman at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, FL.
This is the first 2-0 start since 2005 for Coach Pough and the Bulldogs. SCSU the top-ranked team in Black College Football and ranked #15 nationally in three FCS major polls redeemed themselves from last week giving up 426 total yards against Grambling, while the Bulldog defense allowed just 97 yards on the day to BC-U offense.
Junior linebacker David Erby led all defensive leaders with 11 tackles and a sack, with the Bulldog defense picking off three passes on the day from sophomore quarterback Maurice Francois.
SC State jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first-half on a 1-yard scoring run from Senior Travil Jamison and a 23 yard pass from Long to Will Ford at the 12:02 mark. Bethune-Cookman got on the board on a 31-yard field goal by freshman Kory Kowalski with a 1:50 left in the third quarter to make the score 14-3.
The Bulldogs sealed the deal on the next possession when senior Tre' Oliver scored on an 86-yard kickoff return to go ahead 21-3 closing out the third quarter. The final points of the day came on a career long 40-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Black Erickson.
South Carolina State improved to 2-0, 1-0 in the MEAC with the victory, while Bethune-Cookman falls to 0-2, 0-1 in the MEAC on the season.
Other, Bulldogs making noise was junior quarterback Malcolm Long connecting 14-22 for 148 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Senior Tre' Oliver had five catches for 55 yards, while All-MEAC running back Will Ford finished with 40 yards on 12 carries.
SC State will be idle next week and will return to action on September 26, when they host Winston-Salem State in a 6 p.m. contest.