The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (7-1 overall, 4-0 MEAC) moved into first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) race, after a 14-3 victory over SC State (5-3 overall, 3-1 league) Saturday at Municipal Stadium.
The Bulldogs managed just 143 total yards (65 yards rushing and 78 passing), while the Wildcats nearly doubled that total with 305 total offense (220 passing and 85 rushing).
"I'm disappointed we couldn't get it done (win) today," said SC State head coach Buddy Pough. "The bottom line is they made plays and we didn't. BC-U was the better team today and I take my hats off to Coach Jenkins and his team."
The Wildcats struck early on a 4-yard toss from Quentin Williams to senior running back Isidore Jackson to give BC-U an early 7-0 lead at the 5:19 mark in the first quarter. William 6-yard touchdown scamper put Bethune-Cookman ahead 14-0 with 8:40 remaining in the first-half.
Williams closed of the half throwing 10-of-13 for 161 yards, while running and throwing for a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Tyler McDonald entered today's contest needing a catch to become SC State Career Reception Leader with 136 catches. McDonald finished with seven catches for 35 yards on the day.
The Bulldogs finally got in the scoring column after three quarters without a score, when senior kicker Nick Belcher connected on a 30-yard field goal to cut the lead to eleven, 14-3.
Pough stated, "We had our chances but we just couldn't get it done. It seem as though we couldn't get them blocked effectively. We had our chances we just couldn't get it done."
Senior linebacker Joe Thomas had a monster game despite the loss. The Blackville, SC native finished with a season-high 16 tackles (9 solo), 2 TFL and one sack. Redshirt freshman Justin Taylor led the rushing attack with 20 rushes for 55 yards.
"We still have four games left, so we just have to bounce back and try and get better "said Pough."
South Carolina State returns to action on next week when they travel to Savannah, GA to take on the Tigers of Savannah State in a pivotal league showdown. Kick-off is 1 p.m.