DOVER, Del. — Tyrece Nick threw for a career-high five touchdowns as South Carolina State beat Delaware State 38-24 on Saturday night.
Nick had 253 yards passing for the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). He also led with 105 rushing yards.
Nick threw a 37-yard touchdown to Shaquan Davis on the Bulldogs' third play of the game. Dillon Bredesen capped their next drive with a 41-yard field goal and South Carolina State led 10-0 late in the first quarter. Next, Nick connected with De'Montrez Burroughs for a 21-yard score and the Bulldogs were up 17-3 at halftime.
Nick opened the second half with a 50-yard touchdown throw to Will Vereen on the first play from scrimmage, stretching it to 24-3. Delaware State made good on a fumble recovery by Christian Johnson deep in Bulldogs territory with a Bryant Dallas scoring run to close to 24-10 with 5:51 left in the third.
Tylik Bethea had 198 yards and a score passing for the Hornets (1-4, 0-3). He also ran for a touchdown.
With the win, South Carolina State head football coach Buddy Pough tied a record as the all-time winngest coach in S.C. State history, equalling retired coach Willie Jeffries, who had 128 total wins in two stints leading the Bulldogs.
Pough is now 128-72 in this his 18th season leading the S.C. State program.
Pough has said that records or no records, he has always respected and appreciated what Jeffries has meant to South Carolina State University and the players who played for him.
"Coach is probably the guy who we all look back on and reflect on as being maybe the best handler of men of anybody I've ever been associated with," Pough said. "I've had some pretty good guys to be around, people who have been famous for having great relationships with men.
"I coached with coach (Lou) Holtz, who was as good at it as anybody. Brad Scott was, what I thought, special in the way that he related with everybody. But, Coach (Jeffries) was my coach and was probably the best at relaxing you and getting you to play your very best. I try now, still, to make sure that we don't make things so serious and so intense that you go out and you're so tight about everything. Playing relaxed and knowing your schemes are two of the main things I learned from him when he coached."