September 6, 2012

The Citadel Hosts Nationally-Ranked Georgia Southern in SoCon Opener

Game Day Central

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel opens Southern Conference play Saturday night with defending league champion and third-ranked Georgia Southern. Kickoff at Sansom Field at Johnson Hagood Stadium is 6 p.m.

The game is part of The Citadel's annual Military Appreciation Day and will feature a military themed display outside the front entrance of the stadium, a $6 ticket for anyone with a military ID and a special halftime performance by the Parris Island Marine Band. Also at halftime, SoCon championship rings will be awarded to three members of The Citadel wrestling team.

To order tickets online go to etix.com, and the ticket window at McAlister Field House will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The box office at Johnson Hagood Stadium will open at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Bulldogs and Eagles enter 1-0 after resounding home victories last Saturday. The Citadel broke away from a halftime tie to defeat Charleston Southern 49-14 while Georgia Southern blanked Jacksonville 58-0. Both teams were dominant on the ground, with The Citadel rushing for 479 yards and Georgia Southern accumulating 557 on the ground.

The Bulldogs will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak to the Eagles, a skid made even more frustrating by the fact that four of the losses have come by seven or fewer points. A year ago The Citadel was in position to win in Statesboro, but a missed 37-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining allowed Georgia Southern to escape with a 14-12 win.

The other close losses over the past five years have been by scores of 21-17 (2007), 44-41 in triple overtime (2008) and 13-6 (2009). The last Citadel win over Georgia Southern was a 24-21 victory at Johnson Hagood Stadium in 2006. Overall, the Eagles hold a 17-4 lead in the all-time series including wins in the opening round of the 1988 and 1990 Division I-AA playoffs.

The Bulldogs will be hoping to knock off a nationally-ranked team for the second straight season. Last year The Citadel rallied from a 27-0 deficit to win at No. 15 Chattanooga 28-27. The Bulldogs have not beaten a team ranked in the top 10 in the country since a 23-20 overtime win over No. 8 East Tennessee State in 1997.

The Citadel will be out to end another streak as well, having lost nine straight SoCon home games since a 28-16 victory over Samford in 2009.

The game can be heard throughout South Carolina on The Citadel Sports Network, with ESPN Radio 910 in Charleston serving as the flagship station. The Citadel Tailgate Show begins the radio broadcast at 4:30.

Live audio and video of the game is available at Bulldog Insider by visiting The Citadel website at www.CitadelSports.com. There is a $9.95 charge to watch the live video or a season pass for all five home games can be purchased for $34.95. The audio only portion is free.

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