DURHAM — S.C. State racked up 476 yards of total offense and dominated in every facet of the game in a 44-3 MEAC win over N.C. Central on Thursday night in a televised ESPNU contest.
The Bulldogs (3-0 MEAC, 5-2 overall) stay unbeaten in the conference and extendtheir win streak to five.
The Eagles (1-1, 3-3) had won three of their past four games coming into the contest, but had no answer for the bigger and faster Bulldogs.
NCCU was held to minus-11 rushing yards and 105 total offense yards. The Eagles converted just 2 of 15 third-down attempts and never reached the red zone. Quarterback Jordan Reid was sacked five times, which accounted for the minus-rushing yards.
About the only thing S.C. State did wrong was throw an interception in its first possession of the game. The Bulldogs scored on their next four possessions.
Quarterback Richard Cue threw a 36-yard touchdown strike to receiver Dennis Rowe after a five play, 60-yard drive to give the Bulldogs all the points they would need.
A fumble by NCCU running back Idreis Augustus was recovered by S.C. State at the Eagles 21. NCCU’s defense held and limited the Bulldogs to a 29-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
S.C. State made it 17-0 on a seven play, 47-yard drive that culminated in running back Xavier Quick bulldozing in from the 2.
Kicker Nick Belcher’s second field goal from 26 yards increased S.C. State’s lead to 20-0 before running back Justin Taylor’s 1-yard plunge ended 27 straight points.
NCCU didn’t get its first offensive first down – only three total in the first half – until 4:22, which eventually led to its only score of the half, a 46-yard field goal by Oleg Parent.
But the Bulldogs came right back with another long drive – helped along by a roughing the passer call on fourth down – that Quick took in from the 2 for a 34-3 halftime lead.
The Eagles were held to minus-five yards of offense in the first quarter and 33 yards at halftime.
S.C. State scored the only points in the second half – a seven-play, 33-yard drive that running back Dondre Lewis-Freeman finished from the 1.