BULLDOGS PUT BITE TO FLORIDA A&M, 49-14
SCSU piles up record 611 total yards in Saturday afternoon rout at Orangeburg
Oct. 13, 2007
ORANGBURG, S.C. - The Florida A&M Football team dropped their second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game of the season Saturday thanks to 49-14 trouncing by South Carolina State at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg, S.C.
SCSU (3-3, 2-0) finished the day with 611 total yards, surpassing the previous opponents' high against FAMU of 583 yards set in 1992 by Morgan State.
The Bulldogs just missed surpassing the opponent team rushing high of 437 by Georgia Southern in 1988, finishing with 405 net yards on the ground Saturday.
SCSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring on a Cleveland McCoy 13-yard TD pass to Octavius Darby at the 3:23 mark and a Jonathan Woods 29-yard scamper with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
FAMU scored their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter on an Anthony Edwards one-yard run with 13:10 remaining, making the score 14-7 in favor of the Bulldogs.
SCSU would score three more touchdowns to take a 35-7 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs would pick up their final two touchdowns of the game in the third period on a McCoy 20-yard TD pass to William Ford with 14:07 remaining, and an Evan Capers one-yard run with 5:46 to go, giving SCSU a 49-7 lead.
FAMU would score their final touchdown of the game on a three-yard TD pass by redshirt freshman QB Eddie Battle to Mykel Benson with 2:26 to go in the game, for the 49-14 final.
Saturday's loss put FAMU virtually out of the hunt for the MEAC title with five games left, while S.C. State - the preseason favorite - remained alive at 2-1 in league play.
Conference co-leaders Delaware State (5-1. 4-0) and Norfolk State (5-1, 4-0) both won Saturday to remain locked in first, while Morgan State and S.C. State (2-1) are tied behind the duo in third, with defending champ Hampton (3-2) in fifth.
STAT NOTES: The Rattlers (2-4, 1-2 MEAC) were paced by Philip Sylvester with 31 yards on 12 carries. QB Leon Camel finished 5-of-16 with 52 yards, while Derek Williams led the receivers with two catches for 39 yards.
Wesley Taylor finished with a punting average of 47.3 on seven boots, while Michael Creary led the Rattler defense with 10 tackles (8 solos, 2 assisted).
South Carolina State had three runners surpass the century mark Saturday, as RB William Ford (142), QB Cleveland McCoy (136) and RB Jonathan Woods (126) all contributed to the 405 rushing yard effort by the Bulldogs.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Rattlers host Norfolk State in a Thursday night game in Bragg Memorial Stadium. Kickoff will be 7 p.m.