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Thursday night game turns out to be bad news for NCCU

Posted by on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Adrian Wilkins carries the ball while Tevin Richard (32) makes the tackle for the Bulldogs.
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  • Adrian Wilkins carries the ball while Tevin Richard (32) makes the tackle for the Bulldogs.
O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM Thursday night college football comes to the Bull City tonight.
Visiting N.C. Central is South Carolina State, an old rival from the MEAC that’s now a new rival from the MEAC.

SCSU is on a pretty good roll, winning four straight since a loss at Clemson.

The Eagles won 40-10 last year in Indianapolis to end a seven-game losing streak in the series.

But this one is all Bulldogs, period. SCSU dominates the game from start to finish, ruining NCCU’s appearance on ESPNU in a 44-3 rout.

The Bulldogs strike first midway through the opening period, with Richard Cue hitting Dennis Rowe for a 36-yard

S.C. State quarterback Richard Cue looks for a receiver.
connection. Nicholas Belcher’s kick punctuates the five-play, 60-yard drive at 8:07.

SCSU makes it 10-0 with 6:18 left in the first on a Belcher field goal, four plays after Kimario McFadden recovers an Idreis Augustus fumble at the NCCU 21.

And it goes to 17-0 at 1:28, when Xavier Quick went in from two yards out to finish a seven-play, 47-yard drive and make it 17-0.

Take it to 20-0 at 11:04 on a 26-yard Belcher field goal, ending an 11-play 38-yard march.

And 27-0 at 8:34, when Justin Taylor goes in from nine yards out to finish a four-play, 29-yard march.

Oleg Parent finally gets the Eagles on the board with a 46-yard field goal at 3:10.

But Quick’s two-yard run and Belcher’s kick makes it 34-3 with 45.5 seconds left in the half.

And the second half is just for exercise. We’ll spare the details.

Cue completes 18 of 27 passes for 191 yards and a TD for the Bulldogs, adding three carries for 22 yards. Justin Taylor gains 75 yards and a TD, while Charles Brown adds 70 yards on 11 carries. Tyler McDonald catches 10 passes for 70 yards.

The Eagles end up with 105 total offense — including a minus-11 on the ground — and 76 yards worth of penalties.

They said it …
SCSU coach Buddy Pugh: “We’re always looking to get better. Things started breaking our way and the next thing you know everything was going right. Last year it was just like that in the opposite direction. We were fortunate we were able to get a break or two early. We just got after it, and I think they might have gotten startled by the quickness of some of our defensive packages.”

NCCU coach Dwayne Foster: “We didn’t get anything going on both sides of the football, especially on offense. We didn’t execute like we should, and that’s a matter of fact. Defensively we have to play better as well. We’ve got to get off on third down. We just played a very good football team tonight.”

NCCU QB Jordan Reid: “We pretty much got outplayed in all phases of the game. They’ve been on top of the MEAC for a few years. We just couldn’t get it going offensively. We were out of sync today. We game-planned for everything they did. They just outplayed us. We were riding high after the Howard win, and to play like we did in a nationally televised game is just discouraging.”

What does it all mean?
That S.C. State is very, very good in MEAC context. And that the Eagles’ offense has got to get better quickly.

Stars of the game
1. Cue.
2. Taylor.
3. McDonald.

Play of the game
Cue’s 19-yard run to the NCCU 2 with the Bulldogs leading 10-0.

NCCU: Lost 1.
SCSU: Won 5.

All-time series

SCSU leads 13-8.

Up next

NCCU vs. Morgan State, Oct. 19, 2 p.m.
SCSU at Bethune-Cookman, Oct. 26, 4 p.m.

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