S.C. State Rolls Over WSSU 20-7

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: September 25, 2007

WSSU ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The Winston Salem State University Rams knew they had a tough task trying to win on the road in the hostile environment of South Carolina State . Their thoughts were correct.

The Bulldogs had nearly 500 yards in total yards while the SCSU defense shut down down the WSSU offense en route to a 20-7 victory in South Carolina. The Bulldogs moved the ball effectively and led all the way despite four turnovers on offense.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with a big play. Bulldog quarterback Cleveland McCoy hit Terrance Smith for a 71-yard touchdown pass making the score 7-0 with just over 12 minutes to play in the first quarter. South Carolina State needed only two plays to score on the drive.

The Bulldogs dominated the first half with solid defense and an impressive ground game that kept WSSU off the scoreboard. The Bulldogs used a 14-play, 79-yard drive concluding with a 28 yard field goal and a 10-0 halftime lead.

The second half began like the first have ended. SCSU took the ball on a 14-play, 42-yard drive but once again couldn’t punch it in the end zone. They settled for a 38 yard field goal and commanding 13-0 lead with just over eight minutes to play in the third quarter.

WSSU’s offense finally got going late in the quarter when quarterback Monte Purvis hit Bryant Bayne for an eight-yard touchdown cutting SCSU’s lead to 13-7 with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter.

The touchdown in the third quarter for the Rams proved to be the only score they would get as the Bulldogs defense once again stiffened while their offense continued to grind out yards and use up the game clock.

SCSU, ranked fifth in the latest BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 Football Poll, put an exclamation on their victory scoring on a one yard run by Travil Jamison with under two minutes to play wrapping up the victory over the Rams 20-7.

The Rams offense struggled the entire game. They managed only 12 first downs, only 200 yards in total offense and converted only 4 of 12 on third down. The defense played a little better forcing four turnovers but they allowed 489 yards in total offense and also allowed the Bulldogs to convert 50 percent on third down.

Despite the loss, Rams Head Coach Kermit Blount remains positive. This is a young football team, I’m real proud of them, they played hard,” Blount added. “We’ve just got to keep working hard and play better.”

With the win, the Bulldogs move their record to 2-2 while the Rams drop to 2-2.

The Rams continue their road trip as they travel to Washington , D.C. to battle the Bison of Howard University on Saturday at 1 pm .