NORFOLK, Va. – South Carolina State scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, capped by Justin Taylor’s go-ahead 4-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds left, as the visiting Bulldogs rallied for a 17-10 win over Norfolk State on Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.
Stymied for much of the first three quarters, the Bulldogs (6-4, 5-2 MEAC) put together two fourth-quarter scoring drives to rally from a 10-3 deficit and top the Spartans (3-7, 3-4) in NSU’s home finale.
The game was tied 3-all at the half as both defenses controlled the game. Both teams also blocked a field goal in the first half.
The Spartans took the lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Greg Hankerson Jr. to Marcus Taylor with 4:13 remaining in the third quarter. NSU had a chance to extend its lead to 10 points early in the fourth quarter. But SCSU blocked its second field goal of the day, a 34-yard attempt by Cameron Marouf, with 10:21 left in the fourth. SCSU’s James Settles accounted for both blocked field goals.
SCSU responded with a nine-play, 79-yard drive. NSU appeared to recover a fumble on its 25-yard line that would have ended the drive, but officials ruled the play to be an incomplete pass. Four plays later, quarterback Adrian Kollock threw an 8-yard TD pass to Dondre Brown with 7:36 left, tying the game at 10-all.
NSU got the ball back and drove to the SCSU 49, but eventually was forced to punt. The Bulldogs then embarked on a 10-play, 76-yard drive to take the lead. Kollock completed five passes for 75 yards on the drive, the big blow being a 34-yard completion to Taquan West down to the NSU 6. Two plays later, Taylor scampered in from 4 yards out, and the PAT made it 17-10 with 42 seconds left.
The Spartans got as far as their own 49 on the next drive before Hankerson was intercepted by SCSU’s Darius Leonard.
Kollock completed 25-of-40 passes for 255 yards. Hankerson was 16-of-37 for 241 yards.
DeAndre Sangster caught six passes for a career-high 110 yards for NSU, his second 100-yard game of the year. Taylor had career highs of five catches for 76 yards and his first career TD. Larry Bishop ran for a season-high 35 yards to lead the NSU ground game.
Linebacker Deon King, one of 16 Spartans playing in their final home game at NSU, had 18 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks to lead the NSU defensive effort. Safety Donte’ Haynesworth added 13 tackles and Raynard Revels had 11 – both career highs.
Leonard had 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception for the Bulldogs. Javon Hargrave had three of SCSU’s five sacks.
NSU concludes its season at Morgan State in a 1 p.m. game in Baltimore next Saturday.