The South Carolina State defense outscored the offense 15-7 Saturday in the Bulldogs' annual Garnet and Blue spring football game at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. The defense, which received points using a special scoring system, limited the offense to just one touchdown, a two-yard scoring run by sophomore running back Julius Pendergrass early in the third quarter.
The only other score in the contest, which was called after three quarters, came on a 35-yard fumble return by redshirt sophomore Marquis Parks following Andrew Carter's sack of senior quarterback Richard Cue, who lost the ball on the play, with 13:30 left in the third. The defense accumulated its other points after stopping drives by the offense – one point for any stop and two points for turning the offense away on a 3-and out.
Parks' fumble return gave the defense a 13-0, but Pendergrass' scoring run drew the offense to within 13-7 after the PAT was awarded without a kick due to the unavailability of center and snapper Tristan Bellamy, one of two offensive linemen injured in the contest.
The defense added two more points after stopping the offense with a fumble recovery and another stop in the contest, which featured close to 90 plays.
"Our performance was a bit disappointing," said Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough after the contest. "We were not doing very much on offense and on top of that, we lost two of our offensive linemen – Tristan Bellamy and CJ Wilson. We were already down a couple of linemen and so we decided to call it a day since we didn't have quite enough people to make it through.
"We obviously got a lot of work to do," he continued. "Today didn't go well at all on offense. Up until the day, the offense was going pretty good. Let's hope it was just an off day.
"Neither one of our quarterbacks – (Richard) Cue or Tedarrius Wiley -- was very good today. But the running backs,Julius Pendergrass and Dondre Lewis-Freeman, made some plays."
Cue completed 12 of 17 pass attempts for 121 yards, while Wiley connected on four of eight for 35 yards and was intercepted once.
Marcus Lloyd led the receiving corps with three catches for 39 yards and Caleb Davis and TE Temarrick Hemingwayhad two receptions each for 11 and nine yards, respectively.
Pendergrass led the rushing attack with 42 yards and a touchdown in 16 attempts; Tevin Richard, who played on defense in the first half before switching to the offense in the second had 20 yards on six rushes, Dondre Brown 17 yards on four attempts and Lewis-Freeman 13 yards in seven tries.
The defense, which recorded four sacks and recovered two fumbles, was led by redshirt freshman DB Tyler Smith with four solos and two assists, LB Reggie Owens with four tackles, LB Justin Mulgrav with four stops and a sack and defensive lineman Jonathan Yearwood with three tackles, 2 assists and a sack.
The Bulldogs, who are coming off a 5-6 season, open the 2013 campaign Aug. 31 when they host Coastal Carolina.