The Mike Houston Era – The best in History?

The Houston Era at The Citadel is off to a fast start!

The Houston Era at The Citadel is off to a fast start!

Did you know that Saturday is the two year anniversary of Mike Houston’s hiring as head coach of The Citadel football program? Coach Houston, in the season before his arrival in Charleston, led Lenior-Rhyne to the 2013 Division II National Championship Game and he has the best two-year start a coach has ever had at The Citadel.

Here are a few of the highlights from the Houston Era of Citadel Football.

14-11 overall, 9-5 in SoCon

14 wins are the most by head coach at The Citadel in his first 2 seasons

9 SoCon wins is most in first 2 seasons by a coach at The Citadel and tied for 3rd-highest two-year stretch in program history

Houston is the only coach in Citadel history to win conference title within first 2 seasons

2015 Southern Conference Coach of the Year

2015 Southern Conference champions, the school’s 1st conference title since 1992 and 3rd overall

Won road playoff game for 1st time in program history, defeating No. 9 Coastal Carolina 41-38 in 1st round

9 wins in 2015 is 2nd-highest single-season total in program history

Tied program record with 6 Southern Conference wins in 2015

Led The Citadel to its 4th winning season since 1995

Won 23-22 at South Carolina on Nov. 21, 2015, only the 3rd SoCon team to defeat an SEC team, and the first FCS team to beat an SEC team since Georgia Southern won at Florida in 2013

Produced the two highest single-game rushing totals in the FCS in 2015 (535 vs. Davidson, 524 at No. 9 Coastal Carolina)

524 rushing yards at No. 9 Coastal Carolina was highest total in FCS Playoff game since 2012 (Georgia Southern, 602)

Produced single-season school-record 14 individual 100-yard rushing performances in 2015

27 individual 100-yard rushing performances in 2014-15 are the most at The Citadel in any two-year stretch

Ranked 1st in FCS in interception return yards and interception return touchdowns in 2015

Ranked 1st in Southern Conference and top five in FCS in tackles for loss allowed, rushing offense, rushing touchdowns, sacks allowed, interceptions, yards per completion, turnovers forced and yards per rush in 2015

The Citadel’s 2015 scoring margin of +117 ranked 1st in the Southern Conference. In conference play, the Bulldogs ranked 1st with a +100 scoring margin

Four All-Americans in 2015

First 1st-Team Academic All-American at The Citadel since 1989 in 2015

Coached 2015 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Mitchell Jeter, the first Bulldog voted Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches

13 All-Southern Conference honors in 2015

The Citadel earned 2 of 3 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Month awards in 2015

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