The Citadel drops a heartbreaker to No. 5 Wofford

The Citadel drops a heartbreaker to No. 5 Wofford
Courtesy: Citadel Athletics

CHARLESTON, SC - Wofford's Andre Stoddard scored on a 3-yard run with 1:10 remaining to lift the No. 5 Terrier past No. 22 The Citadel, 20-16, on Saturday night at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Wofford improves to 6-0 and 4-0 in SoCon play, while The Citadel falls to 3-3 and 1-3 in conference play.

Wofford pieced together a 13-play, 68-yard drive down the stretch of the fourth quarter to rally from a 16-14 deficit and win its fifth one possession game this season.

The Citadel led 14-7 at the half, but a key turnover in the third quarter and only 67 yards of total offense in the second half kept the Bulldogs from handing Wofford its first loss of the season.

"They found ways to move the ball, unfortunately we didn't come up with the win and big plays when we needed it," Citadel head coach Brent Thompson said following the game. "We didn't move the ball well enough in the second half, we needed to move it and get better field position. It was all about field position and we just couldn't do it."

The Bulldogs held Wofford to only 99 yards rushing on 41 carries, their fewest yards in a game since 2005 against West Virginia. The Citadel had 10 tackles for loss and three players with double figures in tackles.

The Bulldogs managed only 258 yards of offense, but had two first-half touchdown drives and seemed to have control at the half, but a quick score from Wofford to open the second half changed the momentum of the game.

The Citadel marched 81 yards in 16 plays to take a 7-0 lead on the opening possession. Senior QB Dom Allen converted a fourth-and-1 at the Wofford 16-yard line, then scored on a 7-yard TD run over the right side. Rod Johnson had 22 yards rushing on the drive.

Wofford answered with a 1-yard TD run from quarterback Brandon Goodson at the midway point of the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

Citadel QB Jordan Black engineered an impressive drive as the Bulldogs took the lead and controlled the clock into the break. A 2-yard TD run capped a 16-play drive that took over eight minutes off the clock going into the locker room. Josh LeBlanc's 22-yard reception set up Johnson's short TD run.

Wofford quickly tied the game to open the second half. Goodson found Jason Hill roaming free down the right sideline for 59 yards to knot the game at 14-14.

The teams would trade turnovers after the Wofford score. Kailik Williams' forced a Stoddard fumble and jumped on the loose ball to set up a short field for the Bulldogs.

On the ensuing possession, Citadel quarterback Jordan Black broke loose on the option and was headed for the go-ahead score, but Wofford's Mason Alstat punched the ball loose just shy of the goal line and Datavious Wilson pounced on it as the Bulldogs came up empty inside the Wofford 5.

The Bulldogs' defense would give The Citadel the lead. Noah Dawkins and Ja'Lon Williams pinned Goodson down just shy of the goal line for a safety following the Black fumble, giving The Citadel a 16-14 lead.

Wofford capitalized on four consecutive punts by the Bulldogs to close out the game. The Terriers converted three third downs on the final drive to set up Stoddard's game winner.

The loss spoiled a monster night from Kailik Williams. Williams had 10 tackles, two for loss, and a forced fumble, which he recovered. Myles Pierce also had 12 tackles and Ja'Lon Williams had 10 stops with 1.5 tackles for loss.

Tyler Vaughn and Datavious Wilson led Wofford with 12 stops each.

Goodson finished 11-of-17 through the air for 219 yards and a touchdown. Black was 4-of-9 through the air for 32 yards for the Bulldogs.

Black led The Citadel with 55 yards rushing on 13 carries.

The Citadel travels to Chattanooga next Saturday for a 2 p.m. kick at Finley Stadium.