Previewing The Citadel

Quarterback Ben Dupree and The Citadel (3-0) come to Raleigh looking to upset NC State. Here is a preview of the Bulldogs.

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The Citadel Game Notes

• The Citadel is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon for the first time since 1992. That team eventually reached No. 1 in the nation, the last time the Bulldogs have been in the Top 10 until coming in at No. 10 in The Sports Network poll this week.

• The wins over Georgia Southern and Appalachian State gave the Bulldogs victories over two Top 10 teams for the first time since 1991.

• The Bulldogs had lost five in a row to Georgia Southern and eight straight and 17 of the past 18 against Appalachian State.

• The Citadel gained 618 yards in its win over Appalachian State, the most ever in a regulation game and just 23 shy of the overall record set in an overtime win over Furman in 2007.

• The Citadel will be looking for its first win over an FBS opponent since the 1992 team beat Arkansas (10-3) and Army (15-14).

The Citadel rides the emotional wave of consecutive victories over FCS Top 10 teams Georgia Southern and Appalachian State into its lone game of the year against an FBS opponent. The Bulldogs are looking to go 4-0 and defeat an FBS school for the first time since 1992.

The Citadel and NC State have not met in almost three decades, with the Wolfpack winning the most recent meeting 45-0 in 1983 to go up 4-0 in the all-time series. The Bulldogs are facing an ACC opponent for the first time since losing at North Carolina in 2009.

The Bulldogs have not defeated an ACC school since the formation of the conference in 1953. The last win over a current ACC member was a 6-0 victory over Clemson in 1931.

The ACC has not been kind to The Citadel. The Bulldogs have never defeated a school while it was member of the ACC (0-27) and have an all-time record of 6-64-2 against current conference programs.

One week after making its first appearance in the national polls since 2008, The Citadel made the biggest jump in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches rankings.

The Bulldogs moved up 11 spots from No. 21 to No. 10 in The Sports Network poll, putting The Citadel in the Top 10 in the nation for the first time since finishing the 1992 regular season at No. 1.

In the coaches poll, the Citadel climbed nine spots from No. 23 to No. 14. This is the third season The Citadel has been ranked in eight years under head coach Kevin Higgins. The Bulldogs made a brief appearance at No. 25 in 2007 and spent seven weeks in the rankings the following year.

Prior to that, The Citadel had not been ranked since spending two weeks in the polls during the 1993 campaign.

Dating back to 1990, the first year in which complete weekly rankings are available from The Sports Network,The Citadel has played 32 games in which it entered ranked in the Top 25, and the Bulldogs have a record of 18-14 in those games (17-12 when playing an FCS opponent).

Kevin Higgins is 4-5 when coaching a nationally-ranked Citadel team.

With wins over Georgia Southern and Appalachian State the past two weeks, The Citadel has defeated a pair of ranked teams for the first time since 2003 and two Top 10 teams for the first time since 1991.

The win over then-No. 3 Georgia Southern marked the first time The Citadel had beaten a Top 5 team since toppling No. 1 Marshall 20-3 in 1988 and the first win over a Top 10 squad since a 23-20 overtime win over No. 8 East Tennessee State in 1997.

Dating back to the 1990 season, the first in which weekly rankings are available from The Sports Network, The Citadel has played 84 games in which its opponent was nationally ranked (FCS only) and has a record of 19-65 in those contests.

In eight seasons under head coach Kevin Higgins, the Bulldogs are 5-20 when playing a ranked team.

Since Division I was reclassified into I-A (now FBS) and I-AA (now FCS) in 1978, The Citadel has played 50 vs. teams in the higher classification. The Bulldogs have a record of 7-43 in those games and are winless in contests vs. teams which entered the game nationally ranked.

The Bulldogs had a stretch six wins in seven games against FBS opponents from 1988-92, including a 38-35 victory over South Carolina.

Since then, however, The Citadel has lost 23 straight against schools from the higher classification.

The Citadel is its third season of running the triple option offense, and its running game is again one of the most potent in the nation.

The Bulldogs are averaging 370.0 yards per game on the ground, good for third in the nation behind only fellow Southern Conference members Wofford and Georgia Southern.

The Citadel has gone over the 400-yard mark twice already this season, rushing for 479 yards and seven touchdowns against Charleston Southern and 463 and six scores against Appalachian State. In its 52-28 win over the Mountaineers last Saturday, The Citadel had three ball carriers go over the 100-yard mark, led by Ben Dupree with a career-high 180. Darien Robinson added 113 yards and Rickey Anderson had a career-best 102. The last time the Bulldogs had three players rush for more than 100 yards in a game came in 1998 against VMI.

Slot back Rickey Anderson is off to a fast start this season, having already scored five touchdowns including three in the opener against Charleston Southern.

He enters the NC State game with a streak of four straight games with a touchdown rush dating back to the 2011 finale against South Carolina.

A sixth-year senior who has missed all or substantial parts of three seasons with leg and knee injuries, Anderson entered the year with only three rushing touchdowns to his name.

Anderson holds Citadel season and career records for average yards per carry. A year ago he carried 52 times for 498 yards, an average of 9.58 per attempt to establish a new school mark. After rushing for a career-high 102 yards on only nine carries last week at Appalachian State, Anderson now has carried 109 times for 884 yards for a school-record 8.11 yards per attempt.

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