Saturday, October 22, 2016

Real homecoming: Pough and young team at home for first time in 2016

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- More than a few things are hard to believe for S.C. State head football coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough this week.

It’s surprising enough that his Bulldogs (2-3 overall, 2-0 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play) will be playing their first home game of the season on homecoming Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Willie E. Jeffries Field inside Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.

But perhaps even more surprising is the fact that Pough’s squad will be taking on a winless Delaware State team (0-6, 0-3 MEAC). The Hornets are 1-16 in their second season under head coach Ken Carter, a graduate of The Citadel who coached with Charlie Strong both at Florida and Louisville.

“I guarantee you that Ken will be doing everything he can to get his team going here on Saturday,” Pough said this week. “He had two backs rush for more than 100 yard last Saturday against FAMU; so they are building.”

Building is exactly what Pough and his coaching staff are doing with a young team this season. The offense for S.C. State is a work in progress. And that progress might have been slowed by the extra week break when Hurricane Matthew forced moving the original home-opening game with Bethune-Cookman to the end of the season.


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