Football Treks to Cullowhee for Saturday Clash with Western Carolina
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel Football team heads to Cullowhee, N.C. on Saturday, Oct. 22 for a Southern Conference match-up against Western Carolina. Kickoff between the Bulldogs and the Catamounts is set for 3 p.m. at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.
The Match-up: The Citadel and Western Carolina will meet for the 36th time in the programs' history. The Bulldogs, in their second season running the triple option offense under the helm of head coach Kevin Higgins, return 42 lettermen from the 2010 squad, including 10 offensive and eight defensive starters. Western Carolina returns 41 lettermen that includes nine offensive and four defensive starters. The Citadel is coming off a tough 49-42 loss at home to No. 7 Appalachian State on Oct. 15. Western Carolina is coming off a road contest where they were blasted, 51-7, at Chattanooga.
The Series: The Citadel and Western Carolina series dates back to 1972 with the Bulldogs leading the all-time series, 19-15-1. After winning five straight games over the Catamounts beginning in 2004, the Bulldogs have lost the last two contests to WCU. The most recent Citadel victory against Western Carolina was a 34-14 win on Sept. 27, 2008 in Charleston. In 2010, the Catamounts defeated the Bulldogs, 24-13, in Charleston. Western Carolina stunned The Citadel in 2009 with a 14-10 victory on Homecoming in Cullowhee in a televised game that proved to be WCU's lone SoCon victory that season.
Last Week: The Citadel (2-4 overall; 1-4 SoCon) scored their most points ever against No. 7 Appalachian State, but it was not enough to overcome an early deficit as the Bulldogs fell, 49-42, on Parents Day at Johnson Hagood Stadium in front of a season-high 14,154 fans on Oct. 15. The two teams combined for 91 points, shattering the previous high in the series of 75 set back in 2000. Combining for 13 touchdowns and 901 yards, the final outcome of the game came down to the final possession for Appalachian State who was able to run out the clock and hold on for the victory after The Citadel scored 28 unanswered points late.
● Senior LB Rod Harland recorded the highest single-game total tackles in the SoCon with 23 vs. Wofford.
● Rod Harland is second in the SoCon in average tackles per game (10.7) and third in total tackles (64).
● The Citadel leads the SoCon and FCS in the fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards per game.
● The Bulldogs' only passing touchdown of the season came by RB Rickey Anderson vs. Elon.
● The Citadel ranks third in the FCS this season in punt return average at 18.80 yards per return.
● The Bulldogs' rushing offense ranks fourth in the FCS this season at 273.7 yards per contest.
● Sophomore FB Darien Robinson has recorded a pair of 100-yard rushing performances this season.
● The Bulldogs have five blocked punts on the season, two of which were returned for a touchdown.
● The win at No. 15/17 Chattanooga on Oct. 1 marked the first time The Citadel defeated a ranked FCS opponent since defeating then No. 19 Elon, 42-31, at Johnson Hagood Stadium in 2007.
● Senior fullback Byron Addison scored his first career touchdown on Oct. 8 against No. 4/5 Wofford.
● The come-from-behind victory at No. 15/17 UTC was the largest of its kind since 1973.
● The Citadel played in overtime (at Elon on Sept. 24) for the first time since Oct. 3, 2009 vs. No. 10 ASU.
● QB Aaron Miller scored his first career touchdown vs. No. 7 Appalachain State on Oct. 15.
● The Bulldogs are outscoring their opposition 95-44 in the second half this year (57-13 in the 4th quarter).
Searching for Road Success: After failing to win a conference road game for three seasons, The Citadel finally broke through at the end of the 2010 season with a thrilling 13-12 comeback win at Samford. The Bulldogs have continued to ride some of that momentum into 2011 as they will be in search of their third road win in their last four away games on Saturday in Cullowhee. This season, the Bulldogs narrowly lost to Elon in overtime on Sept. 24, but rallied the next week to score 28 unanswered points to stun No. 15/17 Chattanooga for a 28-27 victory.
Game Broadcast: Bulldog fans can listen to Saturday's live action on ESPN 910 with new "Voice of the Bulldogs" Danny Reed and color analyst Walt Nadzak or enjoy a free live audio stream of the event on Bulldog Insider along with live stats which can be found on the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.Citadelsports.com.
More Info: For rosters, depth charts and game notes for both The Citadel Bulldogs and Western Carolina Catamounts, go to www.CitadelSports.com, click on Football and then Game Day Central on the right under Team Information. For more information on tickets, call the ticket office at (843) 953-DOGS (3647). For more information on Bulldog Football, follow the Dogs on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/citadelsports and twitter.com/citadelfootball.