November 8, 2012

The Citadel Travels to VMI for the Military Classic of the South

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel and VMI battle for the coveted Silver Shako trophy when the teams meet in a non-conference contest Saturday in Lexington, Va. Kickoff at Foster Stadium is at 1:30.

The Bulldogs (5-4, 4-3 Southern Conference) can clinch their first winning season since 2007 with a victory over the Keydets (2-7, 1-4 Big South). The Citadel is also looking to retain the Silver Shako and extend its winning streak over its military rival to six games.

The radio broadcast on The Citadel Sports Network gets underway with The Citadel Tailgate Show at 12:00. The broadcast led by play-by-play announcer Danny Reed can be heard in Charleston on ESPN Radio 910, on affiliates throughout South Carolina and online by going to charlestonsportsradio.com.

Live video streaming is available via the Big South Network. A $5.95 charge will apply.

The Bulldogs went back over the .500 mark overall and in the SoCon with a 38-24 win over Elon in their home finale last Saturday. VMI is coming off a 45-7 loss to ninth-ranked Stony Brook.

The Citadel leads the all-time series by a 35-30-2 margin and is 21-10-1 since the game was dubbed the Military Classic of the South and the Silver Shako was first awarded in 1976. The Bulldogs have not lost to the Keydets since a 23-21 setback in Charlotte, N.C., in 2002.

With 67 meetings, the series with VMI is the second-most played in Citadel football history. The only opponent the Bulldogs have played more than the Keydets is Furman with 91 meetings.

After not playing from 2008-10, the teams renewed their rivalry last season with the Bulldogs defeating the Keydets 41-14 at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Darien Robinson and Ben Dupree both scored two touchdowns while Rickey Anderson ran for 81 yards to lead a 358-yard ground attack. Chaz Jones rushed for 112 yards for VMI.

The first four games of the current Citadel streak over VMI came by scores of 27-23 (2003), 22-14 (2005), 48-21 (2006) and 70-28 (2007).

Kevin Higgins is 4-0 against the Keydets. VMI head coach Sparky Woods has a 4-3 record against the Bulldogs, with all four wins coming as head coach at Appalachian State from 1984-88. Woods was the South Carolina head coach in 1990 when The Citadel upset the Gamecocks 38-35.

Following Saturday's game, the Bulldogs wrap up the 2012 regular season with a visit to Furman on Nov. 17. The Citadel needs to win both of its remaining games in order to retain hopes for a berth in the FCS playoffs.

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