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Stout defense lifts South Carolina St over Delaware St 13-7

SC State head coach Buddy Pough returns to coach the Bulldogs for his 18th season in...
SC State head coach Buddy Pough returns to coach the Bulldogs for his 18th season in Orangeburg. (Source: Larry Hardy/T&D)
Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 7:47 PM EDT
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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gavyn Zimmerman kicked two field goals, Jacory Benson had a short touchdown run and the South Carolina State defense did the rest in a 13-7 victory over Delaware State in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action on Saturday.

Zimmerman’s 24-yard field goal was the only scoring in the first quarter. He booted a 22-yarder midway through the second quarter for a 6-0 lead. Benson followed with a 3-yard TD run, giving the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-0) a 13-0 halftime lead. The score was set up when Corey Fields Jr. connected with Shaquan Davis for a 50-yard gain to the Hornets’ 14-yard line.

The only scoring in the second half came when Delaware State’s Charles Peeler took a punt and raced 55 yards for a TD with 8:19 left in the third quarter.

Fields completed 15 of 30 passes for 208 yards for South Carolina State. Davis finished with four catches for 114 yards.

Jared Lewis was 12-of-27 passing for 132 yards with one interception for Delaware State (3-4) in its MEAC opener. Sy’Veon Wilkerson rushed for 96 yards on 25 carries. The Hornets held SCSU to 27 yards rushing on 27 totes.