Courtesy of The Citadel Athletics
- The Citadel Football team was shutout for the second consecutive game on Saturday against No. 9 Wofford in the Beacon Iced Tea Bowl VII, 35-0, before a crowd of 10,466 at Gibbs Stadium.
Wofford won the toss and elected to receive the ball in the second half, giving the Bulldogs the first possession to kickoff the Southern Conference action. The Citadel, unable to move the ball, was forced to punt, giving the Terriers possession on their own 32-yard line. The Citadel defense also forced a three-and-out and the Bulldogs got the ball back with 11:34 on the clock.
However, The Citadel got an early start to their turnover count, as a fumble by Terrell Dallas was followed by a Matt Thompson interception at The Citadel 49-yard line by Tommy Irvin. Irvin returned the pick nine yards and Wofford converted the drive into a score with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Allen to Jeremy Marshall to put the Terriers up, 7-0.
The Bulldogs fumbled on two more occasions on the next drive. The second was by punter Alexander Wall, lost to Terrier Alvin Scioneaux on the Bulldog 6-yard line. Wofford quickly scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by Eric Breitenstein to give the Terriers a 14-0 lead with 6:51 left in the first period.
Keith Gamble returned the kickoff 23 yards to give the Bulldogs possession on the 30. Solid runs by Ben Dupree for 10 yards, followed by a Terrell Dallas run of 19 yards, gave the Bulldogs their first two first downs of the game. Advancing the ball to the Wofford 35-yard line, The Citadel was still unable to convert the drive into a score and was forced to punt to end the first quarter.
Things did not get any better for the Bulldogs who gave up another touchdown when Wofford backup quarterback Brian Kass found Brenton Bersin for a 30-yard touchdown pass. The Terriers went up 21-0 with 12:33 left in the second quarter.
The two teams exchanged possessions several times in the last five minutes of the first half. As the Terriers approached the red zone late in the second quarter, Bulldog linebacker Tolu Akindele stripped the ball from Kass, allowing DeAndre Smith the recovery for The Citadel on their own 9-yard line. However, the Bulldogs went three-and out and gave the Terriers the ball back in Citadel territory with 2:42 left in the second quarter.
Wofford recorded a turnover on downs with 1:18 on the clock, giving The Citadel the ball again on their own 38-yard line but another Bulldog fumble gave the Terriers the ball again. Akindele forced another fumble after Allen found Jamie Chappell for a 25-yard pass. Bulldog Austin Boyle recovered the ball on The Citadel 12-yard line, but The Citadel was only able to run one play before the clock expired and went into halftime down, 21-0.
The Citadel defense held the Terriers for most of the third quarter, but a Matt Thompson fumble in Bulldog territory gave the Terriers the ball on the 26-yard line. Wofford capitalized off the turnover as Breitenstein scored on a 19-yard touchdown run with 1:56 left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs ended the third quarter down, 28-0.
Wofford extended their lead to 35-0 with 10:18 left in the game on a Donovan Johnson 1-yard touchdown run for the final score of the game.
The Citadel was shutout in back-to-back games for the first time since they opened the 2000 season with shutout 38-0 losses at No. 17 Clemson and at No. 13 Delaware.
The Bulldogs were held to a season-low 143 yards. Dallas led the rushing attack with 56 yards while Sam Martin added 47 yards on the ground. Rod Harland recorded double-digit tackles for the second straight week as he led the defense with 10 tackles. Wofford totaled 362 yards, 237 of which were on the ground. Breitenstein led the ground game with 76 yards and two scores. James Zotto and Irvin led the Terrier defense with six tackles each.
The Citadel returns home for Homecoming 2010 against the Elon Phoenix. Kickoff against the Phoenix is set for 2 p.m. in the Bulldogs' Red Out game. For more information on Bulldog Football, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.CitadelSports.com.