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.