October 21, 2014

Citadel and Furman return to end of season football rivalry

The Citadel has released its 2012 football schedule and one of the most significant items is the return of the Furman game to the last week of the season.  Starting in 1965, with the exception of two seasons, the teams met in the final game of the season until 1992.  Since then, they have usually played in the middles of the season. 

Here’s the official release from The Citadel:

An early season visit from Georgia Southern and road contests against North Carolina State and Furman highlight The Citadel’s 2012 football schedule.

The Bulldogs open the season at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Sept. 1 against Charleston Southern before hosting Georgia Southern the following Saturday.  A year ago, the Eagles survived a field goal attempt in the final minute to pull out a narrow 14-12 win in Statesboro en route to the Southern Conference championship and an eventual berth in the FCS national semifinals.

The remaining home games on the schedule include dates with Chattanooga on Sept. 29 (Hall of Fame Game), Western Carolina on Oct. 13 (Parents Day) and Elon on Nov. 3 (Homecoming). 

The games against Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern and Chattanooga will kickoff at 6 p.m. while the final two contests get under way at 2 p.m. 

Season tickets at the early rate of $125 are available by visiting the Athletic Ticket Office at McAlister Field House during normal business hours or calling 843-953-DOGS (3647).

After playing their first road game on Sept. 15 at Appalachian State, the Bulldogs travel to Raleigh, N.C., the following week for their first meeting against the Wolfpack since 1983 and first game against an ACC opponent since opening the 2009 season at North Carolina.

The Citadel also plays at Samford on Oct. 6 and Wofford on Oct. 27 before closing the regular season with consecutive away games at VMI and Furman on Nov. 10 and 17, respectively.

The game against the Keydets is the second of a home-and-home series which began with a 41-14 Bulldog victory last year in Charleston.  That was the first meeting between the former SoCon rivals since they squared off in 2007 in Lexington, Va.

When the Bulldogs and Paladins meet in Greenville, it will mark the first time the teams have played in their traditional spot on the final weekend of the regular season since 1992.

“We are looking forward to renewing our series with Charleston Southern and continuing our rivalry with VMI,” Citadel head coach Kevin Higgins said.  “Our players will be excited to play a strong ACC opponent in N.C. State, and ending the season with Furman will bring back a lot of great memories for our alums.”