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Bulldogs Hold Off Spartans To Claim Share Of MEAC Crown

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NORFOLK, VA -

The South Carolina State Bulldogs earned their 15th Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in school history, after a tough 17-3 victory over the Norfolk State Saturday at Dick Price Stadium.

"I told our team it would not be easy," said SC State head coach Buddy Pough. "I told our team it wouldn't be easy, but we are now champions."

Sophomore defensive lineman Javon Hargrave spearheaded the defense with a team-high 11 tackles and two sacks, while teammate linebacker Tevin Richard added 10 and senior Joe Thomas finished with eight on the day.

Pough stated, "Hargrave and those guys on defense made some big plays and the stop on 4th down was a big turnaround and gave us momentum."

"Well, we got the victory but now it's up to the committee," said Pough. "We have to hope for an at large berth and we thank we deserve a shot but we just have to wait and see."

SC State close out the season at 9-3 overall, 7-1 in the MEAC and will await the selection committee decision on Sunday (Nov.24) to see if they are awarded an at-large bid to the FCS I-AA playoffs.

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