October 26, 2012

Bulldogs Look to Stay in SoCon Race with Trip to Wofford

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel has already knocked off a pair of Top 10 teams this season. On Saturday in Spartanburg, the Bulldogs will look to continue their success against national powers and remain in the hunt for the Southern Conference title.

This week's test is against a Wofford team that is ranked seventh by The Sports Network and eighth in the FCS Coaches poll. The Terriers are 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the SoCon, one-half game behind Georgia Southern in the league standings.

The Citadel enters at 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference after snapping a three-game losing streak with a 45-31 victory over Western Carolina two weeks ago. The Bulldogs opened SoCon play with wins over then No. 3 Georgia Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Sept. 8 and then No. 8 Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., the following week.

The Bulldogs had not defeated two Top 10 teams in the same season since wins over Appalachian State and Furman in 1991 and have never beaten three such teams in one year.

The contest is the SoCon Game of the Week and will be shown live on ESPN3 with kickoff scheduled for 1:35. Former Bulldog announcer Darren Goldwater will call the play-by-play with Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame member Paul Maguire providing commentary.

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

The Bulldogs are tied for fourth in the SoCon, but a win over Wofford coupled with their earlier victories over Georgia Southern and Appalachian State would give them several tiebreaker advantages and put them squarely in contention for the championship.

The Citadel has not won the SoCon title since 1992 and has not posted a winning record in league play since going 4-3 in both 2006 and 2007. The latter season the Bulldogs tied for third in the conference, their highest finish since capturing that crown two decades ago.

In order to emerge victorious, The Citadel will be battling both history and a Terrier team that dominates the SoCon statistics on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The Bulldogs have lost 13 in a row to Wofford since a 20-14 win in 1998 and have been outscored during the streak by an average of over 20 points per game.

The Terriers lead the conference in scoring offense (40.1), rushing offense (408.3), total offense (464.1) and rushing defense (101.7) and are second in scoring defense (16.1) and third in total defense (314.1). Wofford boasts a national player of the year candidate in fullback Eric Breitenstein, who leads the SoCon and is third nationally with 159.7 rushing yards per game.

Following Saturday's game, the Bulldogs return to Johnson Hagood Stadium for their final home game of the 2012 season when they host Elon in their annual Homecoming contest. The Citadel then wraps up the regular season with games at longtime rivals VMI on Nov. 10 and Furman on Nov. 17.

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