In Orangeburg, South Carolina State kept rolling through the MEAC against Delaware State (2-6, 2-4).
In Orangeburg, South Carolina State kept rolling through the MEAC against Delaware State (2-6, 2-4). The Bulldogs carried a 15-game winning streak in the league into the game, but the Hornets were the last team to beat them — a 17-16 loss on a field goal as the clock expired more than two years ago. Delaware State also knocked South Carolina State out of the MEAC race with a one-point win in 2006. The Hornets 2-5 record "might be the most misleading record that we’ve had in a long time," South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough said before the game. Among Delaware State’s losses is a 63-6 thrashing by Big Ten stalwart Michigan at Ann Arbor. Pough needn’t have worried. South Carolina State racked up more than 500 total yards in a 52-10 win over Delaware State before 21,257 delighted homecoming fans at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs won their fourth straight game to improve to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the MEAC. SC State has won 16 straight league games since the 2007 season. The defending MEAC champions were ranked 10th in the latest SportsNetwork and AFCA Coaches polls of Top 25 Football Championship Subdivision teams entering the contest. The Hornets fell to 2-6 overall and 2-4 in the MEAC. The 42-point margin was the Bulldogs’ largest over the Hornets since a 52-6 victory in 1979. "South Carolina State is an outstanding team, and my greatest fear this week was realized," said Delaware State head coach Al Lavan, who fell to 2-4 vs. South Carolina State and 38-28 in MEAC games. "We gave the Bulldogs a short field for most of the first half, and they took advantage of every opportunity. South Carolina State showed everyone why they are the best team in our league." South Carolina State scored on its first five possessions of the game, including touchdown passes of 24 and 80 yards by Malcolm Long to Oliver Young, rushing touchdowns of 13 yards by Will Ford and two yards by Long and a 37-yard field goal by Blake Erickson. The Bulldogs scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and one in the second. DSU got on the board with a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown by Larrone Moore with 2:02 left in the first quarter. The kick return was the fourth longest in school history and was the longest of the junior wide receiver’s DSU career. The kickoff return for a touchdown was the first by a Hornet since Brandon Hudson vs. North Carolina A&T in 2007. The Bulldogs led 31-7 at the half. South Carolina State stretched its lead to 38-7 on a nine-yard touchdown run by Travil Jamison on the opening possession of the third quarter. Delaware State scored its only other points on a 23-yard field goal by Riley Flickinger to pull to within 38-10 with 6:01 left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs closed out the scoring on a nine-yard touchdown run by Ford with 1:36 left in the third quarter and a 36-yard interception return by Phillips Adams with :12 left in the game.