South Carolina State Bulldogs football

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South Carolina State Bulldogs football
2017 South Carolina State Bulldogs football team
SC State Univ Logo.svg
First season 1907
Head coach Oliver Pough
16th season, 119–62 (.657)
Stadium Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Field surface Fieldturf
Location Orangeburg, South Carolina
Conference MEAC
Bowl record 6–7 (.462)
Conference titles 16
Colors Garnet and Blue[1]
Marching band The Marching 101

The South Carolina State Bulldogs football team represents South Carolina State University in college football. The Bulldogs play in NCAA Division I Football Championship as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). A historically dominant football program, the Bulldogs lead the MEAC in conference championships. The school has produced three players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame including Harry Carson, Deacon Jones, and Marion Motley. Other legendary Bulldog players include Robert Porcher and Donnie Shell. Legendary former SC State Coach Willie Jeffries became the first African American Head Coach of a predominantly white Division 1-A football program, when he was hired to coach the Wichita State football program in 1979.[2] Jeffries is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.



  • 1946–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1967–1969: NAIA
  • 1970–1978: NAIA Division I
  • 1973–1977: NCAA Division II
  • 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference memberships[edit]

South Carolina State vs. In-State NCAA Division I schools[edit]

School Record Percentage Streak First Meeting Last Meeting
Charleston Southern 7-0 1.000 Won 7 1991 1999
Clemson 0-4 .000 Lost 4 2008 2016
Coastal Carolina 0-5 .000 Lost 5 2005 2015
Furman 5-12 .294 Lost 1 1982 2015
Presbyterian 2-0 1.000 Won 2 1989 1990
South Carolina 0-2 .000 Lost 2 2007 2009
The Citadel 0-4 .000 Lost 4 1989 2001
Wofford 2-6 .250 Lost 5 1974 2006
South Carolina State 16 - In-State NCAA Division I Schools 33

Conference Championships[edit]

1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1994, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014[3]

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs six times with a record of 2–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1981 Quarterfinals
Tennessee State
Idaho State
W 26–25 OT
L 12–41
1982 First Round
Louisiana Tech
W 17–0
L 3-38
2008 First Round Appalachian State L 21–37
2009 First Round Appalachian State L 13–20
2010 First Round Georgia Southern L 16–41
2013 First Round Furman L 20–30

Bowl Game Results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in thirteen bowl games, with a record of 6–7.[4]

Year Bowl Opponent Result
1946 Pecan Bowl Johnson C. Smith (NC) W 13–6
1947 Pecan Bowl Allen (SC) W 7–0
1950 Peninsula Bowl Allen (SC) L 13–47
1973 Orange Blossom Classic Florida A&M L 12–23
1974 Textile Bowl Wofford (SC) L 0–20
1974 Pelican Bowl Grambling St. (LA) L 7–28
1975 Pelican Bowl Southern (LA) L 12–15
1976 Bicentennial Bowl Norfolk St. (VA) W 26–10
1977 Gold Bowl Winston-Salem St. (NC) W 10–7
1979 Gold Bowl Norfolk St. (VA) W 39–7
1994 Heritage Bowl Southern (LA) L 0–11
1994 Heritage Bowl Grambling St. (LA) W 31–27
1997 Heritage Bowl Southern (LA) L 28–34

Professional Football Hall of Fame members (Canton, Ohio)[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame members[edit]

Alumni in the NFL[edit]

Over 40 South Carolina State alumni have played in the NFL,[8] including:


SC State has maintained a heated rivalry with the North Carolina A&T Aggies.

Oldest player to play in a NCAA Division I game[edit]

On November 19, 2016, Joe Thomas, Sr., father of Green Bay Packers linebacker Joe Thomas, became the oldest player to play in a NCAA Division I game. At 55 years of age, Thomas Sr., had one carry for three yards as a running back in a contest versus Savannah State.[10][11]

See also[edit]