South Carolina State wins against Benedict, 51-0

(Columbia) Sep. 4, 2004 - South Carolina State University opens the year with one of the most heated rivalries in South Carolina football, the Palmetto Capital City Classic against Benedict College on Saturday. SC State won again, this time 51-0. 
Tiger fan Lora James said during the game, "We're not doing what I thought we'd do.  Just get some points, get us some points. That will be good enough."

Bulldog fan Roblena Walker was disappointed with the game, "There's no rivalry until Benedict steps up to the plate and you can see that by the score here tonight."

But most of the fans enjoyed the game festivities, even if their team didn't win.

Thousands, including Charles Brown, lined the lot at the State Fairground grilling, eating, and having a good time, "We've got hot dogs, we've got ribs, chicken. You name it, it's on the grill."
 
Harold Butler, a Tiger Fan, says he has many reasons to come to the annual game, "Every year, more music, people, more to do, more activities. We love it."
Whatever their reasons for coming, both teams had a great fan base. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the event. Organizers are hoping that the Palmetto Capital City Classic will become one of the premiere black college football classics in the country.
The game between the two schools was one of the most heated rivalries in black college football from 1926 through 1966 when Benedict discontinued its football program.
The rivalry was revived in 1999 with SC State taking a 26-23 victory in Orangeburg. The 2000 game was cancelled due to an NAACP economic boycott, and scheduling conflicts prevented a game in 2001.
South Carolina State won last year's game in Columbia, and Benedict was not happy when the Bulldogs threw a 12-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes to go. South Carolina State was leading 35-7 at the time.
 
Reported by Nicole Bell
 
Updated 11:30pm by Chantelle Janelle