Football Returns Home to Celebrate Military Appreciation Day Against No. 4/5 Wofford
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel Football team returns home to Johnson Hagood Stadium to take on the No. 4/5 Wofford Terriers in another Southern Conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 8. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Sansom Field as the Bulldogs celebrate Military Appreciation Day.
The Matchup: The Citadel and Wofford will meet for the 64th time in the programs'history on Saturday as two of the top rushing teams in the nation meet up on Sansom Field. Both running the triple option, the Terriers are currently ranked second in the nation in rushing with an average of 363.7 yards on the ground, while the Bulldogs follow in fourth place in the FCS with 290.0 rushing yards per game. However, The Citadel has an advantage in scoring defense, holding opponents to only 17.5 points a game, ranking ninth in the nation. The Citadel defense is looking to keep the Terriers out of the end zone as they rank second in the SoCon in total offense.
The Series: The series between the Bulldogs and Terriers dates back to 1916 with The Citadel leading the series, 40-22-1 overall and 27-9-1 when playing in Charleston. However, The Citadel has not seen a victory against Wofford since 1998, losing the last 12 against the Terriers. Of those 12 losses, the Terriers were ranked in the top 25 on six occasions. The most recent Bulldog win was Sept. 12, 1998 in a 20-14 victory in Spartanburg, where the series is tied 8-8. The Citadel has never defeated a ranked Wofford team.
Last Week: The Citadel (2-2 overall; 1-2 SoCon) is coming off a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over the No. 15/17 Chattanooga Mocs at Finley Stadium last Saturday in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Bulldogs scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to propel The Citadel a 28-27 victory over the Mocs. Turnovers and penalties plagued the Bulldogs in the first two-and-a-half quarters after losing three of four fumbles that turned into Chattanooga scores. However, an early second half interception by cornerback Brandon McCladdie boosted The Citadel to the biggest comeback since 1973 against when the Bulldogs came from behind down 20-6 at halftime against Chattanooga to score 22 unanswered points to win 28-20 at home.
The Terriers (3-1 overall; 2-0 SoCon) are also coming off an upset as then No. 6 Wofford dominated No. 3 Appalachian State in Spartanburg, 28-14.The Terriers overcame two turnovers and eight penalties with 388 rushing yards and a 17-minute advantage in time of possession to secure their first win over the Mountaineers since 2007.
• Senior linebacker Rod Harland leads the SoCon in average tackles (38, 9.5 avg pg).
• The Citadel leads the SoCon and FCS in the fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards a game.
• The Citadel has only allowed an avg of 17.5 points in four games, leading SoCon in scoring defense.
• The Citadel ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards with an average of 290.0 rushing yards a game.
• Davis Boyle recorded his first career INTs in back-to-back road games at Elon and No. 15/17 UTC.
• The Bulldogs recorded their fourth blocked punt of the season at No. 15/17 Chattanooga.
• Last Saturday's win at No. 15/17 UTC marked the first time The Citadel defeated a ranked FCS opponent since defeating then No. 19 Elon, 42-31, at Johnson Hagood Stadium in 2007.
• The Bulldogs' win over UTC improved them to 2-2 on the season for the third consecutive season.
• The come-from-behind victory at No. 15/17 UTC was the largest of its kind since 1973 when the Bulldogs were down 20-6 at halftime at home against Chattanooga and scored 22 unanswered points to win 28-20.
Military Appreciation Day: Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The Citadel is offering discounted tickets to all military personnel with a valid Military I.D. Channel 2 News has teamed up with Toys for Tots and will be collecting toys in front of the stadium. Fans who donate a toy will receive a ticket for $5. It is also Kids Day, all children 12 and under will receive free general admission with the purchase of an adult ticket. In lieu of Military Appreciation Day, the National Guard will have vehicles on display in front of the stadium near the Kids Zone and the Parris Island Marine Band will perform at halftime. Prior to the game, TD Bank will be giving away fans to everyone as they walk through the gates. Coke Simmer will be in attendance as well and distribute Coca Cola's new relaxation drink as fans exit the game.
Bulldog Walk: The Stray Dog Society will orchestrate the popular pregame "Walk the Dog" team event. The group welcomes the Bulldogs at each home game two hours prior to game time. The team and coaches will assemble on Hagood Avenue after arriving by bus at the intersection of Fishburne Street and Hagood Avenue. Look for the 10-foot high street sign and blue carpet that serves as the gathering point.
Watch and Listen: Bulldog fans can listen to Saturday's live action on ESPN 910 with new "Voice of the Bulldogs" Danny Reed and color analyst Walt Nadzak or enjoy a free live audio and video stream of the event on Bulldog Insider found on the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.Citadelsports.com.
More Info: For rosters, depth charts and game notes for both The Citadel Bulldogs and Wofford Terriers, go to www.CitadelSports.com, click on Football and then Game Day Central on the right under Team Information. For more information on tickets, call the ticket office at (843) 953-DOGS (3647). For more information on Bulldog Football, follow the Dogs on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/citadelsports and twitter.com/citadelfootball.