Johnson C. Smith 38, SCarolina State 21
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) _ Johnson C. Smith forced eight turnovers, two of which turned into touchdowns during a 28-point second period explosion, and helped secure a shocking 38-21 win over South Carolina State.
J.C. Smith, which snapped a 21-game losing streak to the Bulldogs, improved to 3-2.
S.C. State, which suffered its fourth straight home loss, fell to 0-3, their worst start since 1972.
Quarterback De’Trell Calloway passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and safety Harry Gary returned an interception and a fumble for scores to lead the Golden Bulls, coached by former S.C. State assistant Daryl McNeill.
The two scores by Gary came nine seconds apart in the final minute of the half, staking J.C. Smith to a 31-14 lead at intermission.
Gary’s heroics came after Calloway’s first scoring toss of the day, an 18-yarder to Dontae Henderson with 1:15 left in the second quarter, put the Golden Bulls ahead 17-14.
On S.C. State’s first play from scrimmage after the kickoff, Gary intercepted a pass by Craig James and raced 32 yards for the score. Benjamin Smith who converted all five PATs and had a 25-yard field goal, nailed the point after for a 24-17 J.C. Smith edge with 49 seconds left in the half.
The Bulldogs’ Chris Russ fumbled the kickoff, and Gary picked it up a at the 26 and went the distance for a 31-14 Smith cushion.
The Bulldogs, who used three quarterbacks in the game, drove 80 yards in seven plays to cut the lead to 31-21 when Dennis Walker raced 21 yards with 7:39 left in the third. Cedric Oglesby added the PAT.
But the Bulldogs continued to struggle, and J.C. Smith sealed the win with 4:45 left in the game when Calloway hook up with Brandon Armstrong for a 71-yard score.