Charleston Southern makes it two straight over The Citadel, 20-18

by Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Sep 20 10:55 pm

Charleston Southern coach Jamey Chadwell emerged from the locker room Saturday night wearing a smile and a T-shirt with a message.
“Charleston, it’s Southern’s City,” read the shirt. And after the Buccaneers’ 20-18 win over The Citadel – their second straight over their Lowcountry rival, and in front of a record crowd at CSU Stadium – it’s difficult to argue the point. “In this city and for what we are trying to make with this rivalry, it’s big on that end,” said Chadwell, whose team took a 32-29 win over The Citadel last year to kick-start a 10-3 season. “You saw how our kids reacted. They feel like they get looked down on all the time … for them to come out and say, ‘We’re on equal footing,’ that’s what is huge for us right now. Our kids deserve that.”

A record crowd of 7,954 turned out to see The Citadel play at Charleston Southern for the first time, and saw the Bucs get off to a 4-0 start for the second straight season. “A lot of people said last year was a fluke,” said CSU quarterback Austin Brown, who hit 12 of 22 passes for 153 yards, and ran for a 4-yard touchdown. “Well, we showed it was no fluke.” The Bulldogs, meanwhile, fell to 0-3 in coach Mike Houston’s first season. With Gardner-Webb (a 43-36 winner over Wofford on Saturday) and Wofford (which has beaten The Citadel 15 straight times) next on the slate, the Bulldogs have little time to get a struggling offense on track. “Anybody who is not blind can see their improvement,” Houston said of the Bulldogs. “But I told those kids in there, I have their back and by God they better have mine … Every game we have left is going to be something like this, and I believe we’ve got a great shot every single week. We’ve just got to correct our mistakes.”

Citadel quarterback Aaron Miller ran 22 times for 120 yards, and slotback Jake Stenson and freshman fullback Isiaha Smith each scored touchdowns. But The Citadel hit just 2 of 11 passes for a mere 20 yards, lost two fumbles and was penalized seven times for 77 yards. Those penalties wiped out runs of 22, 19, 24 and 13 yards. “We made too many mistakes,” said Miller. “To beat a good team, you can’t have that many penalties and that many mistakes.”

CSU took a 20-10 lead on a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown by sophomore Darius Hammond in the third quarter, and a 32-yard field goal by freshman David Kennedy with 13:18 left in the game. The Bulldogs drove 52 yards in eight plays for Smith’s 1-yard TD run, with a fourth-down personal foul penalty on CSU keeping the drive alive. Holder Dane Anderson converted a trick play for a 2-point conversion, bringing The Citadel to within 20-18 with 8:54 still to play.
The Citadel got the ball back twice more, but went three-and-out the first time. The Bulldogs’ last chance ended when Smith and Miller couldn’t connect on a handoff, CSU’s Zeke Johnston recovering the fumble with 1:26 left.

Charleston Southern fans chanted “CSU! CSU!” as the Bucs ran out the final seconds. “I hope we did our part with the crowd tonight, and I hope this is something both teams want to continue,” Chadwell said. The Bucs took a 10-3 lead at the half behind the efforts of sophomore receiver Colton Korn, who finished with five catches for 75 yards. Korn, younger brother of former Clemson quarterback Willy Korn (now a CSU assistant), caught third-down passes of 20, 19 and 17 yards to keep CSU drives alive. The first two set up a 23-yard field goal by Kennedy for a 3-0 CSU lead early in the second quarter.
Korn’s third catch, in traffic on 3rd and 17, led to Brown’s 4-yard TD run and a 10-0 CSU lead with 5:40 left in the second quarter. The Bulldogs managed a 16-play, 61-yard drive at the end of the half, with Eric Goins kicking a 26-yard field goal to get The Citadel within 10-3 at the break.

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