B-CU victory puts Wildcats first in MEAC standing
Quentin Williams threw one touchdown pass and rushed for another, and the Bethune-Cookman defense contained South Carolina State for a 14-3 Homecoming victory before an overflow crowd of 10,421 at Municipal Stadium on Saturday.
The victory gave the Wildcats (7-1 overall, 4-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) sole possession of first place in the league standings, while extending Bethune-Cookman’s conference winning streak to 17 consecutive games.
It also marked the Wildcats’ first Homecoming victory over the Bulldogs (5-3,3-1 MEAC) after South Carolina State took previous contests against the Wildcats in 1968, 1986, 1995 and 1997.
In addition to giving up just 143 total yards of offense, the Wildcats defense denied South Carolina State a touchdown in five penetrations of the B-CU 25 and came up with a defining fourth down stop at the start of the second half.
Defense goes to work
Marquis Drayton set the tone when his interception ended a South Carolina State scoring threat at the Wildcats’ 18.
Williams responded by orchestrating a nine-play, 81-yard drive that culminated with a four-yard pass to Isidore Jackson with 5:19 remaining in the first quarter. Williams was 4-for-4 on the drive, including a 47-yard strike to Eddie Poole.
B-CU took a 14-0 second quarter lead on Williams’ six-yard run with 8:40 to play. The sophomore connected with Jontavious Carter and Cary White for gains of 17 and 11 yards, respectively, on the 54-yard drive.
The second half belonged to the Wildcats defense, starting with Tavarus Dantzler and Nesly Marcellon stopping South Carolina’s Justin Taylor for a loss on fourth down on the Bulldogs’ opening possession.
North Carolina next
Jarontay Jones blocked a South Carolina field goal attempt to end another threat, then the Wildcats defense held the Bulldogs to a single Nicholas Belcher field goal on two drives that started inside the 20-yard line after long Darius Drummond punt returns. Donald Smith recovered a fumble for a touchback to end the second scoring threat.
Nick Addison also had an interception for the Wildcats. Jarkevis Fields led the team with 14 tackles.
Williams finished 12-of-16 for a career-high 220 yards. Poole had five catches for 130 yards. Jackson rushed for 46 yards and Cary White added 43.
Bethune-Cookman travels to North Carolina Central on Saturday, Nov. 2, for a game to be televised on ESPNU at noon.
This story originally appeared on B-CUAthletics.com.