COLUMBIA — The Citadel knows how to make a lasting impression.
The Bulldogs put up one of the best-remembered performances – at least by South Carolina fans – in the long history of Williams-Brice Stadium when Citadel quarterback Jack Douglas scored from 1-yard out with 22 seconds left in a 38-35 upset.
The 14th-ranked Gamecocks (8-2) play Citadel (4-6) on Saturday, the first meeting in 21 years since the Bulldogs left the stadium victorious in a game South Carolina fans can’t seem to forget.
Douglas, now an insurance executive in Atlanta, recalls attending an NCAA baseball tournament regional at South Carolina in 2010 to cheer on participating Citadel. In the parking lot, Douglas talked with a Gamecock supporter who said the last Citadel event he watched was the 1990 contest.
And the fan couldn’t get the Bulldogs out of his craw, particularly their quarterback who he said was slow, couldn’t throw and made too many poor decisions. “We should’ve laid him out,” Douglas recalled this week by phone. “I didn’t want to tell him it was me.”
Douglas is attending today’s matchup, although pulling off another upset seems highly unlikely.
The Gamecocks’ defense is fourth in the SEC and the major reason they have a chance at just their fourth nine-win season in 118 years of football. The offense has lost starters in running back Marcus Lattimore to injury and quarterback Stephen Garcia to dismissal, but still has gone 5-0 against Southeastern Conference divisional opponents.
South Carolina finished up its SEC schedule last week, defeating Florida 17-12 to win six league games in a season for the first time since joining in 1992.
The Gamecocks’ chance at returning to the league title game is remote, needing Georgia to lose at home to Kentucky, which is 1-5 in SEC play.
ALABAMA: The Crimson Tide seniors are poised to become the program’s winningest class.
They’ll wrap up their careers at Bryant-Denny Stadium today against Georgia Southern (9-1) of the Football Championship Subdivision, a game in which they’re favored to notch record-setting win No. 46.
“It’s been the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, which is what football is all about, I think,” said center William Vlachos, who initially committed to Mike Shula and signed with Nick Saban. “It’s been a great ride.
Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken calls the Tide (9-1) “the best football team in the country right now.”
“We make yards by running the football, they hold opponents to 51.9 yards per game rushing,” Monken said. “They are so far superior in every position … I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. They are just a great,”