|Bulldogs Down Mountaineers In OT|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Saturday, 05 October 2013 17:52|
For the second year in a row, The Citadel pulled off a win against Appalachian State in a Southern Conference game on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The Bulldogs, who broke a personal four-game losing streak at home against App State,
beat the Mountaineers 31-28 in overtime. The Bulldogs also beat the Mountaineers in back-to-back games for the first time since 1992.
Thomas Warren applied the winning touch as he pushed a line drive kick, that may have been slightly touched by the Mountaineers, through the uprights from 35-yards away for the game-winning field goal in the first overtime period.
That field goal also derailed a huge comeback by the Mountaineers (1-4 overall; 1-1 SoCon) late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 28-21 with 1:15 left to play, Kam Bryant, despite a gimpy leg, drove App State 79 yards in five plays for the game-tying touchdown. Bryant, who was 19-23 passing for 213 yards, scored on a two-yard run with 20 seconds left. The entire drive only took 53 seconds.
"We just have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot," said running back Marcus Cox. "We have to be more efficient on every drive we get. We have to put up points, whether it's a touchdown or a field goal. We have to put up points."
The win also avenged a 30-27 OT loss to the Mountaineers at home in 2009. Cox was App State's most productive player. He caught a team-leading seven passes for 95 yards and he ran 19 times for 98 yards, and he scored twice.
His three-yard run gave App State a 7-0 lead in the first quarter; his 23-yard jaunt in the second quarter gave the Mountaineers their final lead of the day at 14-7. But the Bulldogs (2-4; 2-2) tied things up just before halftime on Darien Robinson's two-yard run.
The Bulldogs built a 21-14 lead midway through the third quarter on Ben Dupree's explosive 53-yard run. But from that point on, the Mountaineers stiffened on defense.
"I think everyone did their jobs on defense today, especially in the second half," said freshman defensive lineman Darian Small. "But give The Citadel a lot of credit. They have some great athletes, and they run that triple option quite well."
The Mountaineers tied the game with a pair of TDs in the final stanza, and Bryant had a role in both of those scores. His 12-yard toss to Andrew Peacock in the back of the end zone tied the game at 21 with 9:06 to play. And following a time-consuming, eight-play, 74-yard scoring drive that was climaxed by Robinson's two-yard run for a 28-21 lead with 1:19 left in the game, Bryant worked his magic once again and forced overtime.
"Our guys fought hard all day, and we had our chances late to win the game," said App State coach Scott Satterfield. "That turnover cost us in overtime. It denied us a chance at a field goal and a three-point lead."
Bryant's only blemish of the day occurred in the first overtime period. Facing third-and-six at The Citadell 11-yard-line, Bryant threw a strike to Sean Price on the goal line. But the ball ricocheted off Price and into the arms of a Bulldogs' defender.
"Every time you step on the field, you want to win," Bryant said. "I don't care who's playing, me or Jamal (Londry-Jackson), we just want to win games. We have to execute better as a whole, especially at my position. That's what it comes down to, execution. And the team that executes better is going to win."
"But the problem is that we're not playing well on third and fourth down," Satterfield said. "We work on it every week, and we're going to continue to put the right people in the right spots. We just have to keep fighting and get ourselves back up."
Unlike last week, when Charleston Southern sat on the ball for 40-plus minutes, the Bulldogs only held the ball for 31:05 In turn, App State held the ball for 28:55. The Bulldogs outgained App State 375-364. The Bulldogs were 6-13 on third down and 1-2 on fourth down; the Mountaineers were 9-15 on third down and 0-1 on fourth down (the Mountaineers have the worst percentage in the nation on fourth down attempts, 1-8 for 13%).
The Bulldogs outgained App State on the ground, 328-151. Dupree finished with a game-high 136 yards on 16 carries and two TDs; Robinson chipped in with 25 carries for 109 yards and two scores of his own.
The Mountaineers return home to play Samford next Saturday on Homecoming. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. on the IMG-Appalachian Sports Network, and locally on AM 1450, WATA.
NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 1-4 on the season for the first time since 1993......The loss was only Appalachian State’s third in its last 20 meetings with The Citadel (2-4, 2-2 SoCon).....The Citadel claimed consecutive wins in the series for the first time since it defeated Appalachian State three-straight times from 1991-93.... Appalachian State lost to a team with a losing record for the first time since a 30-27 loss at Western Carolina on Nov. 13, 2004. Appalachian’s previous 26 losses had all come against teams with .500 records or better....The overtime game was Appalachian State’s second in its last six games. The Mountaineers fell in OT to Illinois State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship (38-37 on Dec. 1, 2012)....The overtime tilt was the second in Appalachian State’s last three trips to Johnson Hagood Stadium. Appalachian defeated The Citadel, 30-27, in OT on Oct. 3, 2009....Appalachian State has lost three-straight overtime games (last year vs. Illinois State and 21-14 at Georgia Southern on Nov. 6, 2011)....Appalachian State dropped to 5-5 all-time in overtime games....Appalachian State sophomore Kameron Bryant made the first start of his career at quarterback, snapping senior Jamal Londry-Jackson’s string of 23-consecutive starts....Appalachian State freshman running back Marcus Cox scored two touchdowns (three-yard run, 23-yard run), giving him a Southern Conference-best 10 touchdowns for the season....Appalachian State freshman defensive tackle Darian Small made the first start of his career.
THE CITADEL 31, APPALACHIAN STATE 28
1 2 3 4 1OT
Appalachian State (1-4) 7 7 0 14 0 - 28
The Citadel (2-4) 0 14 7 7 3 - 31
6:35 Appalachian State - Marcus Cox 3 yd run. (Drew Stewart kick is good).
Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards in 3:35. 7 - 0
12:51 The Citadel - Ben Dupree 23 yd run. (Thomas Warren kick is good).
Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards in 8:44. 7 - 7
7:56 Appalachian State - Marcus Cox 23 yd run. (Drew Stewart kick is good).
Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards in 4:55. 14 - 7
1:06 The Citadel - Darien Robinson 2 yd run. (Thomas Warren kick is good).
Drive: 4 plays, 25 yards in 1:04. 14 - 14
7:48 The Citadel - Ben Dupree 53 yd run. (Thomas Warren kick is good).
Drive: 2 plays, 60 yards in 0:42. 14 - 21
9:06 Appalachian State - Andrew Peacock 12 yd pass from Kameron Bryant. (Drew Stewart kick is good).
Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards in 2:59. 21 - 21
1:19 The Citadel - Darien Robinson 2 yd run. (Thomas Warren kick is good).
Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards in 2:39. 21 - 28
0:20 Appalachian State - Kameron Bryant 2 yd run. (Drew Stewart kick is good).
Drive: 5 plays, 79 yards in 0:53. 28 - 28
15:00 The Citadel - Thomas Warren 35 yd field goal.
Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards in 0:00. 28 - 31
FIRST DOWNS: APP STATE 17, THE CITADEL 20
RUSHING YARDS: APP STATE 151, THE CITADEL 328
PASSING YARDS: APP STATE 213, THE CITADEL 47
TOTAL YARDS: APP STATE 364, THE CITADEL 375
PENALTY YARDS: APP STATE 7-56, THE CITADEL 3-25
FUMBLES/LOST: APP STATE 1-1, THE CITADEL 4-1
TURNOVERS: APP STATE 2, THE CITADEL 1
TIME OF POSSESSION: APP STATE 28:55, THE CITADEL 31:05
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS: APP STATE 9-15, THE CITADEL 6-13
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS: APP STATE 0-1, THE CITADEL 1-2
APP STATE - COX 19-98-2TD, BRYANT 12-43-TD
THE CITADEL - DUPREE 16-136-2TD, ROBINSON 25-109-2TD
APP STATE - BRYANT 19-23-TD-1I-213, LONDRY JACKSON 1-4- (-) 1
THE CITADEL - DUPREE 4-6-41
APP STATE - COX 7-95, PEACOCK 6-48-TD, WASHINGTON 3-41
THE CITADEL - THOMPSON 3-35
Photo Courtesy: Andrew Peacock, App State Athletics
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