2021 South Carolina State Bulldogs football
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Black college national champion
MEAC champion
Celebration Bowl champion
ConferenceMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Record7–5 (5–0 MEAC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBennett Swygert
Defensive coordinatorJonathan Saxon
Home stadiumOliver C. Dawson Stadium
(capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
← 2020
2022 →
2021 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
South Carolina State $   5 0     7 5  
North Carolina Central   4 1     6 5  
Delaware State   2 3     5 6  
Norfolk State   2 3     6 5  
Howard   1 4     3 8  
Morgan State   1 4     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion

The 2021 South Carolina State Bulldogs football team represented South Carolina State University as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in the 2021 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs, led by 20th-year head coach Oliver Pough, played their home games at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.

On November 13, the Bulldogs clinched a berth in the Celebration Bowl;[1] the team completed their regular season with a 5–0 record in conference play, 6–5 overall. The Bulldogs upset SWAC champions and 15th-ranked Jackson State 31-10 in the Celebration Bowl, their first postseason win since the December 1994 Heritage Bowl.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 4 6:00 p.m. at Alabama A&M* L 41–42 11,500
September 11 5:00 p.m. at No. 6 (FBS) Clemson* ACCNL 3–49 78,609
September 18 8:00 p.m. at New Mexico State* L 35–43 11,823
October 2 1:30 p.m. Bethune–Cookman* W 42–35 6,153
October 9 6:00 p.m. at Florida A&M* L 7–30 14,892
October 16 1:30 p.m. Morgan State
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
ESPN3 W 37–14 11,000
October 23 2:00 p.m. at Delaware State ESPN3 W 13–7 3,227
October 30 2:00 p.m. at North Carolina Central ESPN+ W 27–24 6,828
November 6 2:00 p.m. Howard
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
ESPN+ W 15–12 6,500
November 13 1:30 p.m. North Carolina A&T*
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC (Rivalry)
ESPN+ L 17–27 9,169
November 20 2:00 p.m. at Norfolk State ESPN3 W 31–21 3,021
December 18 12:00 p.m. vs. No. 15 Jackson State ABC W 31–10 48,653

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References

  1. ^ "Celebration Bowl ticket punched for SC State". HBCU Gameday. November 13, 2021. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "2021 South Carolina State Bulldogs Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved March 15, 2021.[permanent dead link]