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The Citadel falls to Eastern Kentucky 37-14.

By Manning Snyder

1. The Citadel Bulldogs were defeated by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 37-14 on Saturday afternoon in Charleston. It was Eastern Kentucky’s first win of the season, while The Citadel falls to 0-3. The Bulldogs struggled on both sides of the ball, but particularly on defense. Eastern Kentucky gained 428 total yards--274 passing and 154 rushing--and 21 first downs. The Citadel had no answer for Eastern Kentucky quarterback Parker McKinney who threw for four touchdowns.

2. Although The Citadel won the time-of-possession battle over Eastern Kentucky (33:41 to 26:19), their offense struggled to find a rhythm throughout the game. Bulldog’s quarterback Brandon Rainey only had 70 net yards rushing (including a TD) and one touchdown pass. The Citadel added two turnovers, one interception and two fumbles.  They must clean up their offense if they want a shot at upsetting Army in two weeks.

3. Penalties continued to plague the Bulldogs. In the first half alone, The Citadel committed four penalties for 37 total yards. They added two more penalties in the second half.  Many of the penalties occurred on offense, putting the Citadel in 3rd-and-long situations. Finishing with only 36 yards passing, The Citadel wasn’t able to rely on their rushing attack on the long 3rd and 4th downs.

4. One positive note from a miserable day for the Bulldogs: Raleigh Webb recorded his first touchdown of the season, catching a 28-yard strike from Brandon Rainey. Not only was it the first touchdown for The Citadel offense this season, but it brought Webb’s career touchdown total to 18.

5. Two weeks after the infamous punt mishap against South Florida, The Citadel punter Matt Campbell had his best game of the 2020 season. He launched a 54-yard punt in the second quarter and added punts of 35 and 42 yards in the second half (an average of 43.7 yds). On a day when there were few bright spots for the Bulldogs, the reliable Campbell provided one.