October 11, 2012

The Citadel Looks to End Skid in Parent’s Day Matchup with Western Carolina

Charleston, S.C. – Two teams looking to break losing streaks meet Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium when The Citadel hosts Western Carolina in its annual Parent's Day game. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

The Bulldogs have dropped three in a row after a 3-0 start while the Catamounts are in the midst of a five-game skid after winning their season opener. The Citadel is 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Southern Conference while Western Carolina is 1-5 and 0-4 in the league.

The Citadel had reached as high as No. 10 in the nation in The Sports Network poll but dropped out of the rankings following its loss at Samford last Saturday. Western Carolina has lost its last 18 SoCon games, last winning a conference game when it defeated the Bulldogs 24-13 in Charleston in 2010.

The radio broadcast on The Citadel Sports Network gets underway with The Citadel Tailgate Show at 12:30. 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 Bulldog Insider by going to www.CitadelSports.com. A $9.95 charge will apply.

The Citadel leads the all-time series 20-15-1 including a 35-7 win in Cullowhee a year ago which broke a two-game losing streak to Western Carolina. Prior to those two losses, the Bulldogs had won five in a row, giving them six wins in the past eight meetings. The Citadel has won 11 of 17 games at Johnson Hagood Stadium, and Kevin Higgins is 5-2 against the Catamounts.

With his next win, Higgins will earn his 35th victory as The Citadel's head coach, moving him into sole possession of fifth place among the 23 men who have led the Bulldog football program. He is currently tied with Tatum Gressette (1932-39) for fifth.

In The Citadel's victory over Western Carolina last year, the Bulldogs rushed for 435 yards with Darien Robinson leading the way with 106 followed by Rickey Anderson and VanDyke Jones with 95 and 58, respectively. Each of the three scored first half touchdowns to stake the Bulldogs to a 21-0 lead at intermission.

The Citadel saw its shutout bid spoiled with just 1:23 remaining when Zac Brindise threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Brown. Brindise threw for 175 yards but was sacked four times by the Bulldog defense.

The Bulldogs will be playing without two key members of their defense for the remainder of the 2012 season. Carl Robinson was lost for the year when he suffered a torn ACL in the loss to Chattanooga two weeks ago while fellow sophomore linebacker Rah Muhammad went down with a broken ankle last week at Samford.

Ian Thompson joined the starting lineup last week to replace Robinson while Akeem Garnett was moved from the defensive secondary to linebacker and will start in Muhammad's spot beginning this week against Western Carolina.

The Citadel also lost backup B-Back Terrell Dallas for the balance of the season when he broke a bone in his foot the day prior to the Samford contest. The No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Robinson will be manned by a combination of Shaunn Middleton and freshman Vinny Miller, who will also see action at slot back.

Following the game against Western Carolina, the Bulldogs have only one more home game the rest of the season, a Nov. 3 Homecoming contest against Elon.

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