The 5th-ranked Citadel football team remained undefeated with a 45-10 win over SoCon foe ETSU on Saturday afternoon, racking up 427 rushing yards in the victory.
The win gives The Citadel a single-season record eight straight wins and ties the program record with seven consecutive Southern Conference home victories. The win also gave the Bulldogs a program-record-tying six conference wins this season and is the 12th SoCon win since the beginning of the 2015 season, the most conference wins in a two-year stretch in program history.
The Bulldogs (8-0, 6-0 SoCon) opened the scoring on their first possession, taking a 7-0 lead with 10:32 remaining in the first quarter. The six-play, 65-yard drive started with a 38-yard pass from Dominique Allen to Jorian Jordan to put The Citadel on the 27-yard line. Five plays later, Cam Jackson punched it in from one yard out and the Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead.
On the Bulldogs’ next drive, Jackson broke loose for a 53-yard run to set up another scoring opportunity for The Citadel. Two plays later, Allen found Jordan in the end zone to make it a 14-0 game.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs tacked on another score just 50 seconds in as Reggie Williams took it 11 yards to push the lead to 21-0.
ETSU (3-5, 1-5 SoCon) scored its first points in the game with 7:41 remaining in the second quarter, completing a 3-yard pass for a touchdown to make the score 21-7.
The Citadel responded just three plays later as Jackson found the end zone for his second touchdown of the day, this time breaking free for a 38-yard score to push the Bulldogs’ lead back to 21. On their next drive, Cody Clark added a 29-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining before halftime to push The Citadel’s lead to 31-7.
The Bucs added a field goal in the third quarter, running nearly seven minutes off the clock before kicking the 22 yarder.
Jordan Black got in on the scoring for The Citadel with 13:24 left in the fourth quarter, making it easily into the end zone from two yards out to push the lead to 38-10. Black helped himself on the previous play, breaking free for a 49-yard run to set up the score. The Bulldogs added another touchdown with 8:04 left in the game as Jonathan Dorogy got into the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown to make it 45-10.
The Bulldogs finished the contest with 504 yards of total offense with Jackson accounting for 124 yards and two touchdowns. The defense held ETSU to 2-of-12 on 3rd-down conversion attempts, marking the third time this season the Bulldogs have kept their opponents under .167 on 3rd-down attempts.
Dee Delaney grabbed the 11th interception of his career, moving into a tie for fourth on The Citadel’s all-time career list, in the end zone to end an ETSU second-quarter drive and stop the Buccaneers inside the Red Zone for the first time this season. ETSU entered the game 18-for-18 in Red Zone chances.
The Citadel closes out the regular season home slate next Saturday when they host Samford. The game will serve as Homecoming with a 2 p.m. kickoff. For tickets, visit CitadelSports.com/tickets or call 843-953-DOGS (3647).