27 Unanswered Points Propels Wildcats Past SCSU in 27-14 Road Win
As expected, it was a 'Cats and Dogs' fight from the outset, as Head Coach Brian Jenkins labeled it during the week. SC State came out with a mix of throwing and passing and put a score on the board in its first possession. On the ensuing B-CU possession, a fight for extra yards on the first play produced a fumble, B-CU's lone turnover, setting up a short field for the Bulldogs' second score.
"Anytime you get a victory over anybody it's a good thing, but looking at the game, we made it a little harder than it had to be," Jenkins said. "We've still got a lot of things that we need to correct."
"We dug a hole and had to work our way out of the hole, and fight to the end," Jenkins continued. "I'm curious to see how good of a football team we can be if we show up for four quarters of football."
Like game one, the deficit brought the Wildcats to life with a sense of urgency in the second quarter. Shutting down the Bulldogs' next drive, the Wildcats took advantage of a fumbled punt snap, with sophomore transfer Tyrone Bouie retrieving a fumble in the endzone for B-CU's first score.
As heavy rain clouds darkened the horizon, the tide started to turn in favor of B-CU, led by the efforts of the Wildcat defense.
Dion Hanks snagged his first of his two interceptions of the night, on the first play of the next SCSU possession, placing B-CU near the redzone.
"All week long, we tried to perfect our defense against their schemes, and we just came together." Hanks said. "If it wasn't for our d-line, I really don't think I would have had those picks. We locked down. They gave us all their punches, and we took them, and we came together to get three-and-outs and get our offense the ball."
Three big Isidore Jackson plays for 26 yards later and the Wildcats faced a tied game at 14.
B-CU halted the next 12 drives from the Bulldogs, holding SCSU without a third down conversion from the end of the first all the way to the fourth quarter, only allowing one trip into B-CU territory during the same span.
Penalties proved to be crucial in the game, with SCSU racking up 13 flags for 79 yards, compared with B-CU's 10 for 77. The next two scores for the Wildcats were set up for touchdowns, with first and goal distance from the two and then three, with each ending in field goals of 28 and 23 yards by Sven Hurd.
B-CU continued to dominate the line of scrimmage into the fourth as the tempo increased and started to wear on the Bulldogs, with B-CU grinding out a 66-yard scoring drive for the game's final score on a three-yard Rodney Scott run.
"It's really exciting, I just wanted to remain focused, trust in my teammates and execute," Wilson said of the win and alternating quarterbacks. "We had already talked about alternating. When I'm not at 100 percent, I need his help, and he needs my help, so we have a good bond and we just keep it rolling. We know our roles for this team."
Wilson was still recovering from being under the weather during the first game week, but started and finished the game.
"I thought Jackie did well, as well as Brodrick," Jenkins noted. "We feel very comfortable with both of those guys and that's why we gave both an opportunity to show what they can do. I proud of Jackie and I'm proud of Brodrick, both those guys support each other and they did a wonderful job."
They diversified their targets this game, with passes caught by six different receivers, led by Eddie Poole's four catches for 55 yards. David Blackwell made his first career receptions, opening with a 26-yarder, over the shoulder, on the sideline, and following up with another for 30.
Jackson led all rushers, carrying 21 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. Scott carried nine times for 42 and B-CU's other rushing score.
"Thank God our guys stayed the course and made the plays when it came to them," Jenkins said.
The Wildcats return to action next Saturday at noon, with a return trip to Miami Gardens, Fla. and the Miami Hurricanes, who fell to Kansas State, 52-13, tonight in Manhattan, Kan.
NOTES: For the second straight game when facing a shutout deficit after the first quarter, B-CU has not allowed any points once they started scoring, with 38 and 27 unanswered in the past two games...Eddie Poole now has caught a pass in all 25 games of his B-CU career...Isidore Jackson fell just 36 yards short of Rodney Johnson's (2001-04) career 1,600 career yards and entering the B-CU all-time top ten career rushing yards list...kicker Sven Hurd continues to lead the team in scoring with 17...B-CU is now 8-3 in televised games of the Brian Jenkins era...The Wildcats have won six of the last nine trips to play SCSU in South Carolina...the Wildcats sported yet another set of new digs, with the striped sleeves; that makes it now 11 uniform combinations worn in the Jenkins era