COLUMBIA — In the last 25 years, South Carolina has faced the Citadel two times on the football field. In 2011, the Gamecocks dominated the Bulldogs in a 41-20 win. In 1990, Citadel pulled off one of the greatest upsets in its history, getting the win in a hard fought game that came down to the wire.
That upset victory featured a wishbone offense the Gamecocks had not seen in over a decade at the time. Despite that, the Gamecocks were 4th nationally in total defense up to that point and were heavy favorites. Bulldog quarterback Jack Douglas would have none of it and he rushed for 104 yards while completing 7 of 9 passes for 125 yards.
Current Citadel quarterback Dominique Allen is hoping to duplicate that performance.
The Bulldogs, co-champions of the FCS Southern Conference, have piled up over 340 rushing yards per game this season and will look to have their way against a South Carolina defense giving up over 200 rushing yards per game on the season.
South Carolina, for its part, will look to continue some of the offensive success they have been able to generate in the past several weeks under interim coach Shawn Elliott.
The Gamecocks have shown flashes from time to time in which they moved the ball with a purpose and appeared dominant. They will need to find a way to do that for an entire game this week, something they have failed to do all season.
Elliott, for his part, is prepared for what the Bulldogs will bring to Williams Brice Stadium on Saturday.
“The triple option, you have to go and attack it, you have to focus on it,” he said. “Then of course you have to be ready for the element of surprise and the play action off of it.”
The Gamecocks and Bulldogs kick off at noon Saturday. The game will be televised by the SEC Network, Tru Vista channel 85.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.