DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - South Carolina State's offense racked up 437 yards, including 108 yards rushing on 21 carries by redshirt junior LaBron Morris, to lead the Bulldogs to a 27-19 victory over host Bethune-Cookman Saturday at Daytona Stadium.
South Carolina State improves to 5-2 overall, 3-1 in the MEAC, while the Wildcats fall to 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the league.
Junior quarterback Tyrece Nick had a solid day on both ends throwing 7-of-9 for 61-yards, while rushing for 88-yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Corey Fields controlled the offense most of that day completing 5-of-10 for 100-yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs provided the only score in the first quarter on a 1-yard punch by Tyrece Nick. BC-U responded off a 1-yard run by LaDerrien Wilson at the 11:08 mark in the second quarter. The PAT was no good by Xavier McDonald.
Senior quarterback Akevious Williams gave BC-U the lead on a 47-yard toss to Que’Shaun Byrd to push the Wildcats ahead 13-7 with 6:55 remaining. The Bulldogs answered the call with back-to-back scores on a 46-yard touchdown connection from Fields to senior De’Montrez Burroughs and a 13-yard toss from Nick to redshirt freshman Shaquan Davis with a 1:30 left in the first half.
The Bulldog defense closed out the half in a big way on a 55-yard interception by Zafir Kelly with 0:55 seconds for a touchdown to extend the lead 27-13 during intermission.
BC-U had plenty opportunities in the second half but only managed to score off a 49-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Darryl Powell with an 1:21 left in the third quarter. South Carolina State defense played lights out, forcing six sacks to come away with an 27-19 road win over BC-U.
Senior linebacker Johnell Brown spearheaded the defense with team-high 10 tackles, 3 TFL and a sack, while redshirt freshman linebacker Jalonski Green added 6 tackles, 1.0 sack and 1.5 TFL’s on the day.
Burroughs finished with two catches for 67-yards and a touchdown.
Next up South Carolina State hosts N.C. A&T State in the battle of the borders in Orangeburg Nov. 2 at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium/Willie Jeffries Field. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3.
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