The Citadel falls to Georgia Southern 48-13

The Citadel falls at Georgia Southern

STATESBORO, GA - The Citadel football team fell to FBS opponent Georgia Southern on Saturday night 48-13 inside Allen E. Paulson Stadium.

On the Bulldogs' (2-1) first drive, Dominique Allen's first pass of the game was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Ross Alexander. The Eagles would start the drive at the 11-yard line but a tackle by James Riley on 3rd down would force Georgia Southern to kick a field goal, making it 3-0 a little over three minutes into the game.

On their second drive of the game, Georgia Southern (2-1) would convert on 4th-and-1 on the Bulldogs' 11. Kevin Ellison eventually punched it in from one yard out to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

After a three and out by the Bulldogs, Georgia Southern put together a couple of big runs and tacked on another six after a 25-yard run by Matt Breida. The Eagles would lead 17-0 with 12:35 left in the first half.

Breida, who would rush for 159 yards in the game, would break free for an 87-yard touchdown run just a little under four minutes later to make it 24-0 Eagles with 8:43 left in the 2nd quarter. Ellison gave the Eagles a 31-0 lead after a nine-yard rushing touchdown and that is how the score would remain at the half.

Evan McField put the Bulldogs on the board early in the 3rd quarter after breaking a 60-yard run. The touchdown made it 31-7 in favor of the Eagles. McField's career-long run was the longest rush by the Bulldogs this season. The redshirt freshman rushed for 163 yards in the game to lead all rushers.

L.A. Ramsby made it 38-7 Eagles after a seven-yard touchdown run with 6:17 left in 3rd quarter. As a result of an Allen fumble, GSU added to its lead after a 40-yard field goal made it 41-7.

With nine minutes left in the 4th quarter Chaz Thorton broke for a long run but Tyus Carter forced Thorton to fumble in the endzone, resulting in a touchback. As a result of the fumble recovery, Cam Jackson scored his first rushing touchdown of the season from six-yards out. The 12-play, 80-yard drive made the score 48-13.

Mark Thomas moved into a tie for sixth on The Citadel's all-time career sacks list. With 1.0 sack, Thomas now has 13.0 in his career, tied with Justin Oxendine (2011-14) and Chris Billingslea (2009-12).

Offensively the Bulldogs gained 380 yards, 316 of which came on the ground.

The Bulldogs return to Johnson Hagood Stadium next Saturday when they take on crosstown rival Charleston Southern at 6 p.m.