Nine Points About The South Carolina State Game
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Game one for the Wildcats showed a couple of things. First, it showed the fight that the 2012 Wildcats have in them, coming back with 38 unanswered points after trailing 21-0. Second, B-CU's conditioning was on display, as they literally ran Alabama State into the ground by mid-third quarter.
They will need both to come away with a win in Orangeburg. This game is not only for bragging rights, but could affect postseason play and the MEAC Championship race. Labeled as a heavyweight fight or a brawling match and even 'Cats and Dogs' by Head Coach Brian Jenkins, several MEAC and FCS pundits pick lean to the Wildcats, but by tiny margins. The 2012 edition shouldn't disappoint.
Here are nine points to consider as we look forward to Saturday's matchup with South Carolina State in Organgeburg.
1) Brian Jenkins can match Wesley Moore (1973-1975) as the Bethune-Cookman coach who made it to 20 victories the fastest, with a victory over South Carolina State. Moore reached 20 in his 25th game with a 48-0 romp over Alabama A&M in 1975. Jenkins is 19-5 at the start of his third season.
2) B-CU has beaten South Carolina State five out of the last eight times in the Palmetto State, including 2010's pivotal 14-0 victory, snapping the Bulldogs' 21-game conference win streak and logging B-CU's first road shutout since 2000.
3) Thanks to rushing performances of 130, 103 and 100 yards for Isidore Jackson, Rodney Scott and Brodrick Waters respectively, the Wildcats are the only team in the NCAA, that's Divisions I (FCS and FBS), II and III, to post three 100+ yard rushers in the same game. Not even Oklahoma State could do it, despite steamrolling conference-mate Savannah State to the tune of 84 points and 682 yards of total offense. DIII Worcester State came the closest, with gainers of 156, 119 and 99.
- Bethune-Cookman is the first FCS school to achieve this mark since Georgia Southern in the 1999 DI-AA Championship Game
4) Speaking of Waters' 110 yards passing and 100 rushing against Alabama State, the last person to do that was current quarterbacks coach Matt Johnson, in 2010. Johnson accomplished the feat in the first three games that year and again later in the season.
4) Jenkins is 6-1 against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents on the road.
5) This will be the 11th television appearance for B-CU in the Jenkins era, with the SCSU contest broadcast on ESPNU tape delay and live on ESPN3. The Wildcats were on a record six times last year and are slated for at least three this season, with Alabama State down, South Carolina State up tonight and Florida A&M closing out the season. Over the past three years, B-CU has been the MEAC's most televised team, and they have shown well, boasting a 7-3 television record in that span.
6) Sven Hurd has made 41 consecutive PATs and 54 of his last 55. He led the team in scoring with 67 in 2011 and currently heads the team with eight points. Last year, the junior set the single-season program scoring record for kick scoring (67) in addition to single-game scoring (16) vs Fort Valley State (10/15)
7) Eddie Poole has caught at least one pass in each of his 24 games in Bethune-Cookman uniform, despite not registering a catch at Rutgers, and recovering from not one, but two, catastrophic knee injuries...pretty good for a guy that some questioned his chances of playing again.
8) Bethune-Cookman leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in rushing with 367 team yards. South Carolina State has the MEAC lead in passing yardage with 300.