The Citadel Bulldogs (2-9, 2-5) will visit the VMI Keydets (5-1, 5-1) at Foster Stadium Saturday in the Military Classic of the South.
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VMI is coming off its first loss of the season, a 24-20 defeat at the hands of East Tennessee State on April 3. Keydets freshman quarterback Seth Morgan went 36-46 for 315 yards, a rushing score and an interception in the loss. VMI failed to score at all in the fourth quarter, despite numerous opportunities to do so. They had three drives in the final quarter, and they wound up losing yardage via sacks and a bad snap on two while fumbling the ball away on another.
“We’ve kind of had a history this whole season — we shoot ourselves in the foot,” Morgan said after the loss. “We’re a talented football team. … If we eliminate our own errors, then we can win any amount of games that we want to win. But you see on the field, when I miss throws, guys miss blocks, it’s tough.”
On the other side, the Bulldogs have won back-to-back games for the first time this season after losing 11 in a row dating back to 2019. Citadel began its season dropping nine straight, and the team thinks taking down VMI would make up for the abysmal start to the season.
“That would let us forget about everything that happened at the beginning of the season and what happened in August and everything else,” head coach Brent Thompson told the Post & Courier. “It would be what we consider a successful season, from a growth standpoint, from a rivalry standpoint, from a school standpoint.”
The Bulldogs took down Wofford, 28-24 on April 3, and they followed that up by beating Furman handily, 26-7, last week. Led by quarterback Jaylan Adams, who had 18 carries for 98 yards and two scores on the ground, Citadel eschewed the passing game in favor of the run game, carrying the ball a whopping 70 times in the win.
The Citadel also had a defensive score, a 31-yard joyous big-man scamper by Jay Smith, which was one of two interceptions for the defense.
The Keydets are the top-ranked squad in the Southern Conference, though, and they’ll be tested here against Citadel’s formidable rushing attack. A victory here would give VMI its first conference championship since 1977, so it should be an intriguing battle. VMI hasn’t beaten The Citadel in Lexington since 2000.