Trailing 10-0 heading into the second quarter, The Citadel found the end zone on back-to-back possessions to regain momentum and seize a halftime lead. With 8:20 left in the second quarter, the Bulldogs engineered an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive that featured six tough runs by Renew. It culminated with a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore Reggie Williams to slice the deficit to 10-7.
On the ensuing offensive possession, The Citadel wasted no time surging in front as Smith ripped off an 83-yard touchdown scamper on the drive’s third play to push the Bulldogs ahead 14-10. The rush was The Citadel’s longest since 2004 and the sixth-longest run in program history.
Following a Mercer field goal late in the third quarter that trimmed The Citadel’s lead to 14-13, the Bulldog defense clamped down when it needed to. A pair of sacks by junior Joe Crotchet and senior Mitchell Jeter and a hurry by senior Mark Thomas on three consecutive plays forced a Bears punt from their own end zone with just over 11 minutes remaining. Jeter finished the day with 2.5 tackles for loss and moved into a tie for seventh on The Citadel’s career tackles for loss list.
The Bulldogs pounced on the great field position after the punt, punctuating a 38-yard scoring drive with a clutch three-yard touchdown run by sophomore Dominique Allen. The third rushing score of the game handed The Citadel a 21-13 cushion. The Bulldogs now have 32 rushing touchdowns on the season and entered Saturday’s contest leading the FCS in that category.
Mercer answered with a touchdown drive of its own to pull within 21-19, but the Bulldogs stifled a two-point conversion attempt and ran out the clock to cement the victory.
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