Today’s Blue & White
The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter
Friday, September 14, 2012
Kevin Higgins wisely employed the “24-hour rule” which
means that the football team is entitled to a full 1,440 minutes in
which to celebrate a victory. The Bulldogs thoroughly enjoyed
those 24 hours on Saturday night and Sunday before starting to
think about Appalachian State, but to the hordes of Citadel fans
around the globe, we can and will celebrate that memorable upset of
Georgia Southern for a long time.
must be The Citadel’s week for national rankings as the
football team entered the Top 25 in both The Sports Network (No.
21) and FCS Coaches (No. 23) polls. Equally impressive is the school
being named – for the second consecutive year – the top
public university in the South in U.S. News & World
Report’s Best Colleges rankings.
also ranked eighth in the South for best value; first in the region
among public and private schools for its rate of alumni giving; and
our engineering program ranked 17th in the nation, up
from a rank of No. 20 last year.
you return to campus, be sure to stop by the newly renovated and
spacious Munnerlyn Snack Bar (a.k.a., “The Canteen”) as
it looks fantastic and Spike reports that the fare there is pretty
The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet is almost sold out and there are less than 30 seats remaining for the event that takes place on Sept. 28. If you plan to go, please contact Andy Solomon at 843/953-6300 as soon as possible.
you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue of news
and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!
The Citadel Enters National Rankings for First Time in Four Years
the heels of its dramatic 23-21 victory over then third-ranked
Georgia Southern, The Citadel has entered the Top 25 in both The
Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls.
Bulldogs, off to their first 2-0 start since 2007, are No. 21 in
The Sports Network poll and are ranked 23rd by the
coaches. This marks
the first time The Citadel has been in either national poll since
spending seven weeks among the nation's elite in 2008, reaching as
high as No. 12 that season.
is the second season in which The Citadel has been ranked in eight
years under coach Kevin Higgins. In addition to their run in 2008,
the Bulldogs made a brief appearance at No. 25 in 2007. Prior to that, The Citadel
had not been ranked since spending two weeks in the polls during
the 1993 campaign.
win over Georgia Southern was the first time The Citadel had
knocked off a Top 10 opponent since a 23-20 overtime win over East
Tennessee State in 1997, and the Eagles represented the
highest-ranked victim since a 20-3 victory over No. 1 Marshall in
highest ranking in Citadel history came in its historic 1992
Southern Conference championship season when the Bulldogs spent
four weeks as the No. 1 team in the country, finishing the regular
season in that spot before losing to Youngstown State in the second
round of the Division I-AA playoffs.
The Citadel looks to make it two ranked victims in a row this week when it travels to Boone, N.C., to face Appalachian State. The Mountaineers moved up to No. 8 in The Sports Network poll and No. 7 in the coaches poll after evening their record at 1-1 with a 35-27 win over Montana on Saturday. Appalachian State's loss is to FBS foe East Carolina.
Citadel Upsets No. 3 Georgia Southern in SoCon Opener
year ago in Statesboro, The Citadel fell just shy of a victory over
Georgia Southern when the Bulldogs misfired on a 37-yard field goal
with 13 seconds remaining. This year the story had a
Warren drilled a field goal from the same distance as last year's
miss with 35 seconds showing on the clock, and The Citadel survived
a 31-yard attempt by Georgia Southern's Ryan Nowicki on the final
play of the game to give the Bulldogs a 23-21 victory over the
third-ranked Eagles in the Southern Conference opener for both
Citadel is 2-0 for the first time 2007. The win marked the
highest-ranked team The Citadel has beaten since the advent of The
Sports Network Division I-AA/FCS poll in 1990. It surpasses a 10-6 win over No.
7 Furman in 1991, although the Bulldogs did defeat top-ranked
Marshall, 20-3, in 1988. It was also the first time the
Bulldogs have knocked off a top 10 team since edging East Tennessee
State, 23-20, in overtime in 1997.
never led until Ezayi Youyoute went in from a yard out to give the
Eagles a 21-20 advantage with 3:13 left in the game.
Bulldogs started their game-winning drive at their 35 after the
kickoff sailed out of bounds. Three running plays netted seven
yards, putting The Citadel in a fourth down situation. Aaron Miller's pass intended for
Dominic Jones sailed out of bounds, but the Eagles’
cornerback was flagged for pass interference to give the Bulldogs
Citadel was quickly in another fourth down situation, this time 15
yards away from the sticks at the 1:21 mark. The Bulldogs again came up with
the conversion when Miller found Greg Adams on a 20-yard gain to
the Eagle 28. An
eight-yard pass to Adams and a one-yard run to Miller to put the
ball in the middle of the field led to Warren's game winner.
three field goals, the first time a Citadel kicker has accomplished
that since Mike Adams did so against Western Carolina in 2007.
Warren also connected
from 42 yards out in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a
17-14 lead at halftime and connected from 39 late in the third
quarter to increase The Citadel cushion to 20-14.
appeared poised to steal the win away on a 53-yard kickoff return
and set up the Eagles at The Citadel 43. GSU connected on a 17-yard pass
and then a quarterback run resulted in a fumble but Georgia
Southern was able to recover at the 13.
clocked the ball with 1.1 seconds left to set up a field goal
attempt, but their freshman kicker pushed his kick wide left to set
off a wild celebration on the Bulldog sideline.
Dupree paced The Citadel on the ground with 92 yards on 17 carries
and went over the 1,000 mark for his career. The junior finished the night
with 1,001 rushing yards and also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to
Dominic Jones for the first throwing touchdown of his career and
the first by a Bulldog quarterback since Matt Thompson, now a wide
receiver, had three against Chowan in the 2010 season
Warren, Muhammad & Couey Gain Conference, National Awards
kicker Thomas Warren, sophomore linebacker Rah Muhammad and senior
punter Cass Couey were named as recipients of Southern Conference
and national awards two days after helping The Citadel defeat
Georgia Southern, 23-21, at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
addition to the three players, Kevin Higgins was honored as the
Southern Pigskin coach of the week after leading the Bulldogs to
the win over the third-ranked Eagles and a berth in the Top 25 for
the first time in four years.
Warren was named the special teams player of the week by The Sports Network while
Muhammad picked up the defensive player of the week nod from College Sports Madness
and the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).
also named the SoCon special teams player of the week by the
conference office and Southern Pigskin. Muhammad added a weekly
conference award from Southern Pigskin and was joined
by Warren and Couey on the CFPA conference honor roll.
selected after kicking three field goals against the Eagles,
including the game-winning 37-yarder with 35 seconds remaining in
the game. The Bishop
England High graduate added field goals of 42 yards in the second
quarter that gave The Citadel a 17-14 lead at halftime and 39 yards
late in the third that pushed the Bulldog advantage to six.
added a pair of PATs in the first quarter as The Citadel built a
14-0 lead, giving him a total of 11 points on the night. Warren became the first
Bulldog to make three field goals in a game since Mike Adams did so
against Western Carolina in 2007.
a graduate of Gadsden City (Ala.) High, was all over the field and
recorded 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble to
spearhead a defensive effort that held the powerful Georgia
Southern attack in check for most of the night. Thirteen of his
tackles were solo stops.
helped the Bulldogs win the field position battle with an average
of 47.2 yards on four punts, including a 66-yarder that fell two
yards shy of his career high. A graduate of Freedom High in
Tampa, Fla., Couey pinned Georgia Southern at its seven on his
first punt of the game, leading to an Eagle fumble and a Bulldog
touchdown for an early 7-0 lead.
Bulldogs Visit Appalachian State
Citadel plays its first road game of the season and first game as a
nationally-ranked team in four years when the Bulldogs visit
Appalachian State on Saturday (3:30 kickoff). The Citadel has lost eight in a
row and 17 of its past 18 against the Mountaineers and has not won
in Boone since 1992.
Bulldogs (2-0) entered the national polls this week following a
dramatic 23-21 win over third-ranked Georgia Southern at Johnson
Hagood Stadium. The
Citadel is No. 21 in The Sports Network poll and No. 23 in the FCS
Coaches poll. The win
over Georgia Southern marked the highest-ranked team The Citadel
has defeated since a 20-3 victory over No. 1 Marshall in 1988.
State (1-1) is ranked No. 8 by The Sports Network and No. 7 by the
Mountaineers lost to FBS opponent East Carolina in their opener
before rebounding with a 35-27 win over then No. 9 Montana last
The Citadel – App State Football Series
State holds a 29-11 lead in the all-time series that dates to the
1972 season, and the Mountaineers have dominated the better part of
the past two decades.
Citadel has dropped eight in a row to Appalachian State and 17 of
the past 18. The only win in that stretch was a 24-21 victory at
Johnson Hagood Stadium in 2003. The Bulldogs have not won in
Boone since a 25-0 victory in 1992, the second of a three-game
winning streak The Citadel enjoyed over Appalachian State.
year in Charleston, the Mountaineers built a 49-14 lead midway
through the third quarter before the Bulldogs stormed back, scoring
four touchdowns in a span of 12:28 to get within one score before
Stopping the Appalachian
State offense has been an issue in the losing streak. The Mountaineers have not scored
fewer than 28 points in any of the eight games, have hit the
40-point mark on five occasions and are averaging 40.6 points per
game compared to 20.5 for The Citadel.
"Dog Walk" -- Greet the Bulldogs on Their Arrival at Every Home Football Game
Join the Stray Dog Society as they meet, greet
and cheer the Bulldogs two hours prior to every home game at the
Altman Athletic Center parking lot on Hagood Avenue. Help
welcome the football-playing Bulldogs as they strut up “Stray
Dog Alley,” accompanied by our cheerleaders and Spike.
The Stray Dog Society Tailgate hosts a pregame social and
celebration following the Dog Walk two hours before every game with
live entertainment, fellowship and loads of fun. This is evolving into a great
place to mix and mingle before the Regimental Band leads the Corps
of Cadets as they march down Hagood Avenue and into Johnson Hagood
Sweet Johnson Hagood Stadium Suite Is Available
environmentally-controlled luxury suite at Johnson Hagood Stadium
is available for the rest of the season. If you have an
interest, please contact Senior Associate Athletics Director John
McAleer ’72 at 843/953-1354 or email him at email@example.com.
Rent A Luxury Suite for the Chattanooga and Elon Games
Have you always wanted to entertain your
friends and enjoy one of the luxury suites at Johnson Hagood
Stadium for a home football game? One suite (#617) is now
available to rent for either (or both) the Chattanooga game on
Sept. 29 and the Elon (Homecoming) game on Nov. 3. For more information, please
contact TCBF Executive Director Jerry Baker at 843/953-5277 or
email him at Jerry.Baker@citadel.edu.
Soccer Wins First of the Season behind Garcia, Freshmen
different Bulldogs recorded goals, including career-first scores
from freshmen Kimberly Maldonado and Jannel Johnson as the soccer
team downed Northern Iowa, 5-0, on Washington Light Infantry Field
Garcia continued to re-write the record books by adding two more
goals, giving her four on the season, and moving her into a tie for
second all-time in Citadel history.
The Bogota, Colombia, native is just seven shy of the record set by Kelly Pesterfield.
notched the game's first score in the 27th minute when
she collected a pass from Johnson and lobbed a 25-yard shot over
the head of the Northern Iowa goalkeeper. Just over two minutes later The
Citadel would find the back of the net again as Jillian Meyer fired
a rocket off of a foul shot from 40 yards out that deflected off
the head of a Panther defender.
goalkeeper Sarah Katchen staved off a Panther surge at the end of
the first half to keep the 2-0 shutout intact, as Northern Iowa
fired six shots in the final 15 minutes of the first frame.
soccer team dropped its home opener to Coastal Carolina, 3-0, on
WLI Field on Friday.
Goalkeeper Sarah Katchen shined in net as the junior recorded five
saves, stopping two Chanticleer breakaways in the second half as
the Bulldog backfield allowed Coastal Carolina to post 19 shots,
including eight on net.
Citadel's best scoring opportunity came in the 32nd
minute when Anastasia Mesa drove a corner kick into the box that
was headed by Johnson into the crossbar. Nicole Levermann collected the
deflection and drove a shot towards the net but it was blocked by a
Coastal Carolina defender.
Wednesday night in Rock Hill, a 49th minute goal by
Winthrop was the difference as the soccer team was defeated,
continued her productive freshman season recording five shots,
including two on goal. She has posted 17 shots on the
season, tying her with Aponte for most on the team.
For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.
Volleyball Drops Four Matches at the All-Academy Tournament that Was Held at the Pentagon
hitter Jessica Maxwell recorded a team-high 13 kills and Ise
d'Angelo contributed nine more, but it was Navy that emerged with a
3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17) victory over The Citadel to
complete the All-Academy Tournament on Saturday at the
was on point, driving home 13 kills in 21 total attacks for a .524
attack percentage, while d'Angelo added nine kills and Lauren Hurt
finished with eight. The Bulldogs’ back row of
Emily Dalton (13 digs) and Rachael Farrell (11 digs) highlighted
the defensive efforts. Mikaela Tracy quarterbacked the
offense with 36 assists.
D'Angelo drove home 10
kills and Farrell totaled seven in The Citadel's 3-0 (25-19, 25-16,
25-14) loss to Air Force in the afternoon session of the
was also a force for The Citadel's defense with 13 digs and three
assisted blocks, followed closely by an eight-dig effort from Emily
continued to get herself acclimated to the offensive system with 28
drove home 10 kills and tacked on 17 digs against Army, but it was
the Black Knights’ Ariana Mankus that keyed the 3-0 (26-24,
25-23, 25-19) victory in the second match of the All-Academy
Tournament. The duo
of Farrell and Amanda Rudnik, who had nine kills en route to a .333
attack percentage, led the Bulldogs to 34 team kills. Rudnik, like Farrell, also made
an impact on the defensive end with 11 digs. Meanwhile, freshman setter Tracy
added 15 digs and 29 assists.
tallied nine kills and d'Angelo totaled eight kills, but it was the
University of Denver that captured the first match of the
All-Academy Tournament with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-15) win
on Friday afternoon.
Dalton paced The Citadel's defensive effort with 14 digs. Meanwhile, Maxwell added
seven kills to round out a front row that had 39 total
For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.
Keene, McKee Lead Bulldogs at College of Charleston Cross Country Invitational
men and women's cross country teams took second and third place,
respectively, at the College of Charleston Invitational on Friday
at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island. Senior Kyle Keene nabbed second
place while Danielle McKee finished in fourth place to lead the
damp conditions, Keene took second place with an impressive time of
26:23 in the men's 8k course. Raeven Lantz and Atom Young also
posted top-10 times as Lantz finished sixth with a 27:53 and Young
took ninth with a 28:24.
competing for the men was Jordan Ashley (11th place;
28:43), John Gatewood (13th place; 28:58), Miles Keohane
(14th place; 29:02) and Bo Hutchinson (15th
the women's side, McKee continues to lead the team as the junior
has now finished first among her teammates in all 14 races of her
collegiate career. The Fayetteville, N.C., native
took fifth overall with a 19:13. Following behind McKee was
freshman Jacqueline Thompson (9th place; 19:47), who has
now recorded two top-10 finishes and two sub 20-minute 5k's in her
two collegiate races.
running on the women's side was Micah Wessinger (15th
place; 20:35), Christina Shonbeck (18th place; 20:52),
Jessica Dewitte (20th place; 21:08), Emily Fields
(21st place; 21:13) and Nicole Ogilbee (22nd
more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.
Orces Falls in the Finals at Southern Intercollegiate
Citadel’s David Orces fell short in the final day of the
45th Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the Dan
Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
was seeking his first Southern Intercollegiate title but lost to a
rival from Virginia Tech in the Division II singles championship
ace played exceptionally well as he defeated five opponents
throughout the weekend. The senior netter defeated a
fierce field of competitors from Georgia Southern, Virginia Tech,
Armstrong Atlantic, Georgia and East Tennessee State.
the final match of the tournament Orces fell to his Hokie
challenger in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Bleach made an appearance in the tournament, as he competed Friday
against a foe from Lipscomb in the Division II flight singles.
The Bulldog sophomore
was toppled in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
doubles action, the tandem of Orces and Bleach stumbled to a duo
from Clemson, 8-5.
more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.
Pellegrini Leads Golfers at Terrier Intercollegiate
golf team recorded a two-day 651 to place 12th at the
Terrier Intercollegiate held at the Spartanburg Country Club. Junior Erica Pellegrini led
the way for the Bulldogs, firing a 159 (+15) to place in a six-way
tie for 40th among individuals.
fired a 77 on Monday, the best two-day score by any Citadel player,
following an opening round 82.
Cadets received a solid effort from freshmen Eraina Manor (161;
+17) and Hollie Salvo (162; +18). Manor began her collegiate career
with a team-low 80 in the opening round, and followed that
performance with an 81 on Monday afternoon.
the scorecard for the Bulldogs were Kellie Anderson (172; +28) and
TaKima Butler (178; +34).
Pembroke rallied with a second-round 294 to capture first place in
the team category. The Braves, who shot 595 over the
course of the tournament, were followed closely by Gardner-Webb
(597) and UNC Wilmington (602). Top individual honors went to
Gardner-Webb's Mary Donovan, who finished with a -1 (143).
For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.
TCBF Launches New Website
Citadel Brigadier Foundation recently launched its own website and
we’ll ask that you make www.brigadierfoundation.com one of
your bookmarks. The
site is clean and easy-to-navigate site, and is full of information
on facts and events surrounding TCBF. We hope you find it
Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Almost Sold Out
Those wishing to attend the 35th Annual Induction Ceremony & Banquet on Sept.28 at the Holliday Alumni Center are encouraged to secure their tickets now as this event is one the verge of being completely sold out. Tickets are $50 each and tables of 10 are $500. To secure your seat(s), please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at 843/953-6300 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic Will Be Friday, Sept. 28
Sixth Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic, hosted by Bufort Blanton
’54, will be held at Miler Country Club in Summerville on
Friday morning, Sept. 28. All proceeds from the tournament
will be used to support the football program. The Citadel
Football Association looks forward to your participation as a
player, sponsor or both.
For registration and additional information, please contact Connie Tuza ’58 at Elcid58@knology.net or 843/452-9801 or visit www.TheCitadelFootballAssociation.com and click on "events."
22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Is Nov. 2
The 22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Nov. 2 at Patriots Point Golf Club on Mt. Pleasant. Registration is set from 7:15-8am with the shotgun start going at 8:30. Participants that sign up prior to Sept. 30 get a discount ($125 as compared to $135 AFTER Sept. 30). Fee includes green fees, cart, box lunch, beverage, Citadel Titleist golf cap, Citadel Footjoy Golf shirt, sleeve of Prov1 golf balls, range balls and more. Hole sponsorships are available as is the opportunity for Reunion Classes to battle each other for a tournament within a tournament. Early registration is encouraged as we are sure to sell out. For more information, please call The Citadel Brigadier Foundation at 843/953-5277.
Date for 25th Annual TCBF Auction Set
Be sure and mark down February 9 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction. If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.
Keep Up With Citadel Athletics
For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs and at www.twitter.com/citadelsports. Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at www.twitter.com/citadelbaseball and www.twitter.com/citadelfootball. Follow them today!
They Said It:
“There’s nothing really going through your head. You just have to o with what you’ve been doing the whole season. We practice this every day, so it’s just the same thing. Keep your head down, follow through and make the field goal.”
- Kicker Thomas Warren, on his game-winning field goal that helped The Citadel upset No. 3- ranked Georgia Southern on Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
“No question. Beating the No. 3-ranked team in the country, at home. More importantly, for these player to have the experience of winning a close game against a real good football team – that is special.”
- Coach Kevin Higgins, when asked if the Georgia Southern victory was his biggest at The Citadel.
“At least one group thinks we’re doing it right.”
- Lt Gen John Rosa, president of The Citadel, on the college being named the top public university in the South for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report.
And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics
Sure, we are all guilty of taking water for granted. That said here are some fun facts to know and tell about the water in Charleston:
- A Charleston-area household uses an average of 190 gallons of water a day;
- Charleston Water System produces an average of 58 million gallons of water a day;
- Last year, our water was tested 20,000 times for 150 parameters and met or exceeded all water quality standards;
- Charleston Water System has more than 1,700 miles of water mains. That's the distance from Charleston to Albuquerque, NM;
Charleston Water System's 8,500 hydrants can each put out an average of 1,000 gallons of water a minute.
Sept. 17 Bob Bodine Football
Sept. 26 Matt Smith Sports Medicine
Sept. 28 Lt Gen John Rosa President
Sept. 29 Quinton Ferrell Basketball
Sept. 28 6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Outing @Miler Country Club
Sept. 28 35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Nov. 2 22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament @Patriots Point
Feb. 9 25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House
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