1976 South Carolina State Bulldogs football
ConferenceMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Record10–1 (5–1 MEAC)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorJames Carson (2nd season)
Home stadiumBulldog Stadium
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. T–8 South Carolina State + 5 1 0 10 1 0
Morgan State + 5 1 0 6 4 0
North Carolina A&T 3 2 1 6 4 1
Howard 3 2 1 5 5 1
North Carolina Central 2 4 0 6 5 0
Delaware State 1 5 0 3 7 1
Maryland Eastern Shore 1 5 0 2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Associated Press poll

The 1976 South Carolina State Bulldogs football team represented South Carolina State University as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) during the 1976 NCAA Division II football season. In its fourth season under head coach Willie Jeffries, the team compiled a 10–1 record (5–1 against conference opponents), tied for the MEAC championship, defeated Norfolk State in the Bicentennial Bowl, and outscored opponents by a total of 278 to 44. The team was recognized as the 1976 black college football national champion and was ranked No. 8 by the Associated Press in the final 1976 NCAA Division II football rankings.[1]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 11at Delaware StateDover, DEW 30–0[2]
September 18at North Carolina A&TGreensboro, NCL 14–15[3]
September 25at HowardW 40–08,500[4]
October 2Alcorn State*W 7–610,860[5]
October 9Johnson C. Smith*
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
W 28–07,000[6]
October 16at Morgan StateW 17–0[7]
October 23Newberry*
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
W 25–7> 5,000[8]
October 30North Carolina Central
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
W 30–0[9]
November 6Maryland-Eastern ShoredaggerNo. 9
  • Bulldog Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
W 47–014,103[10]
November 13at Wofford*No. 6Spartanburg, SCW 14–66,200[11]
December 11at Norfolk State*No. 8W 26–107,500[12]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References

  1. ^ "South Carolina State Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Delaware State is 30-0 victim". The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware). September 12, 1976. p. Sports 3 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "A&T Upsets S.C. State, 15-14". The Greenville News. September 19, 1976. p. 5C – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "S.C. State Rushing Destroys Howard". The Greenville News. September 26, 1976. p. 7C – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "SCSC Bulldogs Derail Alcorn A&M". The Times and Democrat. October 3, 1976. pp. 14A, 15A – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "S.C. State Romps Over J.C. Smith, 28-0". The Times and Democrat. October 10, 1976. pp. 5B, 10B – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Aerial duel bombs, S. C. State blanks Morgan". The Baltimore Sun. October 17, 1976. p. B11 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Montgomery: 4 Field Goals; S.C. State Whips Newberry, 25-7". The Times and Democrat. October 24, 1976. pp. 13A, 14A – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "S.C. State Bulldogs Romp Over N.C. Central: SCSC Gains First Place In The MEAC". The Times and Democrat. October 31, 1976. pp. 8A, 13A – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "S.C. State Clinches MEAC Title". The Times and Democrat. November 7, 1976. pp. 7A, 8A – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "S. C. State defenders stymie Wofford, 14-6". The Greenville News and Piedmont. November 14, 1976. p. 2C – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "S.C. State Downs Norfolk State: Bicentennial Bowl Win End of Drought". The Times and Democrat. December 12, 1976. pp. 9B, 10B – via Newspapers.com.