Red-shirt junior quarterback Richard Cue threw for a career-high 300 yards connecting 19-of-29 for three touchdowns and two interceptions, to lead South Carolina State to a 33-6 victory over Georgia State, Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.
The Bulldogs offense racked up 488 yards total offense , with junior wide receiver Caleb Davis and senior Lennel Elmore each finishing with over 100 yards receiving on the night.
"It was a good game and I am very proud of our team," said SC State head coach Buddy Pough. "We made some big plays near the end of the half that made a difference for us in the game."
The Bulldogs struck first on a 72-yard bomb from Richard Cue to senior wide receiver Lennel Elmore to move ahead 7-0 in the opening drive of the first quarter. The Panthers answered on a 36-yard field goal by sophomore Matt Ehasz to make the score 7-3 at the 6:33 mark in the second-half.
Sophomore linebacker Justin Hughes made the biggest play on the night on defense, causing a fumble after sacking freshman quarterback Ben McLane for a 3-yard loss on GSU's 23 yard line with 0:048 seconds left in the half. Cue connected with junior Tyler McDonald for a 22-yard touchdown toss with 0:14 seconds left to put SC State ahead 14-3.
South Carolina State closed out the first-half with a 14-3 lead over Georgia State.
Cue connected with McDonald once again for a 13-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 21-6 advantage with 6:32 left in the third quarter. Senior kicker/punter Nick Belcher booted two back-to-back field goals of 21 and 26 yards to put SC Stat ahead 27-6 with 5:40 left in the game.
Sophomore defensive back Dominique Mitchell's 68-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown with a 1:14 left sealed the victory and gave SC State their first win of the season.
The Bulldog defense pitching their first shutout of the season, not allowing a touchdown was led by sophomore linebacker Justin Hughes with eight tackles and two sacks, while newcomer and JUCO transfer Kimario McFadden finished with six in the victory.
Davis led the receiving corps with 10 catches for 110 yards, while Elmore added three for 117 yards and McDonald also with three for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Pough stated, "It's always important to start the season on a positive note, especially when you have to play your conference rival (Bethune-Cookman) next week at home."
SC State will return to action on their first home-opener of the season when the host the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman next week at Dawson Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.