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Samford Routs The Citadel

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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The battle of the Bulldogs wasn't much of a battle this time.

The Citadel walked into a nightmare today and no matter how hard they pinched, they never woke up from it. In that nightmare, Samford jumped on them early and never looked back on their way to a 35-14 win in this battle of the Bulldogs.

Samford started with the ball and struck quickly. Devlin Hodges started the day with a 57 yard completion to Kelvin McKnight on his first throw. Two plays later, Hodges found McKnight again for an 8 yard touchdown pass. Only one minute into the game, Samford led 7-0.

The Citadel couldn't get anything done on the ground on their first drive and went three and out. Samford took over on their own 30 yard line but had no intentions of staying there very long. On the first play of the drive, Devlin Hodges found Yasser El-Amin, who powered through a defensive pass interference penalty, for a 70 yard touchdown pass.

The Bulldogs took back over, down 14-0, but couldn't get going in the right direction. The running game wasn't working for The Citadel and the penalties weren't helping either. The Bulldogs would be called for a delay of game and an illegal block on consecutive plays. After two incomplete passes and -14 yards, The Citadel was forced to punt again.

There was no mercy from Samford, though, as they put together their third straight offensive drive that lasted less than a minute. Starting at The Citadel's 41 yard line, Hodges went to the air again, bringing the offense down to the 10 yard line after a big completion to Moise Satine. Satine took the next play into the endzone with a 10 yard run to put Samford up 21-0 with just under 10 minutes to go in the 1st quarter.

Even with it being so early, if there was hope for a Citadel comeback, it needed to start now. But, once again, The Citadel just couldn't get anything going offensively and punted it away after 3 plays.

Leading 21-0, Samford slowed down a little bit, but they didn't stop. For the first time of the night the Bulldogs put together a drive that was longer than 3 plays. Montrell Washington started the drive off with a solid dose of the running game, rushing the ball for 20 yards on 3 straight carries. Following those carries and a couple more penalties from The Citadel, Samford took back to the air. Hodges put together a couple of good passes, connecting with Andrew Harris and Kelvin McKnight to lead Samford to the 2 yard line. Montrell Washington would try to punch it in to no avail, but this was just Devlin Hodges' night. Hodges would run it in for a 1 yard touchdown, putting Samford up 28-0.

The Citadel was finally able to gain some traction and pick up a few first downs on the next drive. The running game got going and The Citadel picked up their first first down of the night, aided by a pass interference call on Samford. The multifaceted rushing attack battled all the way down to the Samford 25 before things stalled out. First, The Citadel was called for an illegal formation penalty on first down, backing them up to the 30 and making it 1st and 15. On first down, Josh LeBlanc was taken down in the backfield for a 7 yard loss. On 2nd and 22, Dominique Allen found Grant Drakeford for a 16 yard completion to the Samford 21. On 3rd down, Allen took it himself for 3 yards but wasn't able to pick up the first down. On 4th down and 3 from the Samford 18 yard line and down 28-0, The Citadel elected to go for it. The Samford defense held strong, though and forced a turnover on downs.

Even though it was still early in the 2nd quarter, that stand and the next Samford drive was the knockout blow. Devlin Hodges kept finding his receivers accurately and in 4 plays, finished off the drive with a 63 yard touchdown pass to TaDarryl Marshall. Following the PAT, Samford took a 35-0 lead.

As the game went on, The Citadel defense was able to gain some traction and not allow any more points from Samford. They were able to intercept Hodges on two straight drives in the 2nd quarter. The running game for The Citadel made an impact as well, punching in two touchdowns from Jordan Black and Brandon Rainey. There was no comeback scheduled though, as Samford went on to win 35-14.

Devlin Hodges finished the night 21/26 with 323 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. Hodges also added a big touchdown on the ground. Kelvin McKnight was Hodges' favorite target on the night hauling in 6 catches for 97 yards and a score. The Citadel spread the wealth with their offense, with the highlights being Jordan Black, who carried the ball 16 times for 60 yards and a touchdown, and Brandon Rainey, ran the ball 18 times for 59 yards and one score.

 

By: P.J. Zucco