Dover, Del. (Oct. 5, 2019) ---Quarterback Tyrece Nick passed for 253 yards and five touchdowns, and added 105 yards rushing to lead South Carolina State to a 38-24 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win over Delaware State at Alumni Stadium Saturday evening.
The Hornets dropped their third straight game to fall to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the MEAC. The Bulldogs won their 2019 MEAC opener to improve to 3-1 overall.
Nick threw touchdown passes to four different players, including two to De’Mo Burroughs, who had five catches for 99 yards.
Freshman quarterback Tylik Bethea had career-highs in completions (17) and passing yards (198) for the Hornets. Bethea threw a touchdown pass to Kwannah Kollie (jr.) and rushed for his first collegiate touchdown in DSU’s 14-point fourth quarter.
South Carolina State scored first when Nick connected with Shaquan Davis on a 37-yard touchdown pass to cap off a three-play, 95-yard drive on the Bulldogs’ first possession. Nick rushed for 49 yards to the Delaware State 46 on the first play of the possession.
Dillon Bredsen kicked a 41-yard field goal later in the first quarter to give SC State a 10-0 lead.
South Carolina State opened up a 17-0 advantage on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Nick to Burroughs in the second quarter.
Delaware State got on the board midway through the second quarter on a 42-yard field goal by Jose Romo-Martinez.
Nick threw his third touchdown pass of the game on the first play from scrimmage in the second half when he connected with Will Vereen for 50 yards to give the visitors a 24-3 lead.
Delaware State took advantage of a South Carolina State turnover to score its first touchdown in nine quarters.
Two plays after recovering a Bulldog fumble at the SC State13, Bryant Dallas scored a touchdown on a one-yard run to pull the Hornets to within 24-10 with 5:51 left in the third quarter. The touchdown was the second of the season for Dallas.
Each team added two touchdowns the rest of the way.
Kollie had four catches for 48 yards to lead the Hornets, while freshman Corahn Alleyne caught three passes for 28 yards.
South Carolina State totaled 452 yards, 253 by the pass and 199 on the ground. Delaware State had 291 yards of total offense, including 198 through the air.
Linebacker Pontraille Gray, filling in for Brian Cavicante, led the Hornets with a career-high 11 tackles (nine solo), including a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.
D’Andre Blue-Eli had his team-high second interception of the season in the contest for the Hornets.
Delaware State returns to action next Saturday at Morgan State. Game time is 1:00 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.