Citadel ready for Appalachian State
Charleston, S.C. - It doesn't get any easier for The Citadel Bulldogs.
A week after posting a dramatic 23-21 win over third-ranked Georgia Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium to improve to 2-0 on the season, the Bulldogs face another Top 10 opponent this week when they travel to Boone, N.C., to face Appalachian State in their first road contest of the 2012 campaign. Kickoff is at 3:30.
The win over the Eagles marked the highest-ranked team The Citadel has beaten since toppling No. 1 Marshall 20-3 in 1988. The Bulldogs claimed the victory when Thomas Warren booted the last of his three field goals on the night, a 37-yarder with 35 seconds remaining, and then survived a 31-yard Georgia Southern field goal attempt on the final play of the game.
The Citadel has not been 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon since its conference championship season of 1992. The Mountaineers have dominated the series for the better part of the last two decades, winning 17 of the past 18 including eight in a row.
The Bulldogs' last win over Appalachian State was a 24-21 victory in Charleston in 2003, and their last win in Boone was a 25-0 shutout in 1992. The Mountaineers hold a 29-11 lead in the all-time series which dates back to 1972 and have won 17 of 20 games played at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
The Citadel enters the contest as a nationally-ranked team for the first time since 2008 after earning the No. 21 spot in The Sports Network poll and the No. 23 position in the FCS Coaches poll. Since 1990 the Bulldogs have a record of 17-14 when ranked in the Top 25, including a mark of 3-5 under head coach Kevin Higgins, and are 3-9 when both teams appear in the polls.
Appalachian State rebounded from a loss to FBS opponent East Carolina in its opener to down then No. 9 Montana 35-27 at home last week. The Mountaineers are ranked eighth by The Sports Network and ninth by the coaches. Jerry Moore is in his 24th at Appalachian State with a record of 208-84, including 18-5 against The Citadel, and led the Mountaineers to three straight national championships from 2005-07.
Higgins will be looking for his 34th win in his eighth season as The Citadel's head coach and first against Appalachian State. He enters the week one win shy of tying Tatum Gressette (1932-39) for fifth place among the 23 head coaches in Citadel history.