SC State Pulls Out Tough 10-7 Victory Over Hampton

ORANGEBURG, SC"The South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1 MEAC)turned things around with a hard fought 10-7 victory over the Hampton University Pirates (5-2, 4-1 MEAC), Saturday at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. The Bulldogs celebrating Homecoming 2010 took advantage of every option in front of a home crowd 22,000 students, alums, and former Bulldog athletes to preserve the victory. We are happy to get a win and it wasn TMt easy beating a team like Hampton, stated SC State head coach Oliver Buddy Pough. We kind of got things together and turned our week around after a tough loss to Bethune-Cookman a week ago. SC State jumped out with an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter off a two-yard run by senior running back Chris Massey with 5:49 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs took 7-0 lead into halftime. Hampton tied the game 7-7 on a four yard run by red-shirt junior quarterback David Legree with 9:37 left in the third quarter. Senior running back Chris Massey left the game early what appears to look like a season ending knee and did not return to the game. Junior Kicker Blake Erickson nailed a 48-yard field goal with 7:23 left in the game to put the Bulldogs up 10-7 and secure a victory. Pough stated, Our defense played super and we still go a long way to go with our offense. I am sure things will come together for us and we will get there. Massey led the Bulldogs in rushing with 9 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, while senior Malcolm Long was 15-25 for 110 yards and one interception. Senior David Erby spearheaded the defense with 10 tackles with 3 TFL, while linebacker Julius Wilkerson had a game-high three sack SC State improves to 5-2 overall, and 3-1 in the MEAC, while the Pirates fall to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference. South Carolina State will be on the road next week as the travel to Dover, DE to take on the Hornets of Delaware State in a pivotal MEAC contest. Kickoff is 2 p.m.