March 20, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
ETSU7714028
The Citadel770721
Scoring
1st Quarter
ETSUTD14:18Tyree Robinson (Tyler Keltner kick)
CITTD08:11Jaylan Adams 1 Yd Run (Colby Kintner kick)
2nd Quarter
CITTD04:22Cooper Wallace 3 Yd Run (Colby Kintner kick)
ETSUTD00:33Jacob Saylors 4 Yd Pass From Tyler Riddell (Tyler Keltner kick)
3rd Quarter
ETSUTD13:35Will Huzzie 49 Yd Pass From Tyler Riddell (Tyler Keltner kick)
ETSUTD10:38Quay Holmes 1 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)
4th Quarter
CITTD02:42Darique Hampton 4 Yd Run (Colby Kintner kick)
Stats at a GlanceETSUCIT
1st Downs1016
3rd Down Conversions3-126-16
4th Down Conversions0-13-5
Passing (Comp-Att)182 (14-22) 98 (6-12)
Rushing (Att)41 (30) 138 (59)
Total Yards223236
Penalties10-8410-103
Turnovers23
Fumbles Lost12
Interceptions11
Possession22:2337:37
Bucs Capitalize on Bulldog Turnovers in Victory
Bucs Capitalize on Bulldog Turnovers in Victory
Saturday, March 20, 2021

ETSU scores 21 points off The Citadel’s three turnovers

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 20, 2021) – It was another one-possession contest between ETSU and The Citadel, this time with the Bucs claiming revenge with a 28-21 victory over the Bulldogs in Charleston, S.C. on Saturday afternoon. The Bucs avenged the 2019 homecoming loss, winning their second consecutive game in Charleston. ETSU improved to 2-1 on the season, all in Southern Conference action, while The Citadel falls to 0-8, 0-4 on the year.

ETSU was able to capitalize on The Citadel blunders, scoring 21 points on three Bulldog turnovers, enabling the Bucs to leave Johnson Hagood Stadium with the seven-point victory.

It was tough sledding for the Buccaneer offense as ETSU totaled just 223 yards of offense. However, the offense was enough as redshirt-freshman quarterback Tyler Riddell (Tampa, Fla.) threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.) and Will Huzzie (Duluth, Ga.), finishing the game with 182 yards passing and two scores.

ETSU scored the first touchdown of the game, a 27-yard fumble recovery for the 7-0 lead. However, The Citadel answered with 14 consecutive points before the Bucs retaliated with Saylor’s touchdown before the half.

The Blue & Gold then delivered a quick punch, scoring two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half to take the 14-point advantage over the host squad.

The back-and-forth affair lived up to its reputation as the Bulldogs closed the gap to 28-21 with less than three minutes on the clock in the fourth quarter.

After forcing a three-and-out, The Citadel offense took over in ETSU territory. However, the Buccaneers’ defense did what they do best and slammed the door shut on the opposing offense. Facing a 4th-and-2 at the ETSU 37-yard line, the Bulldogs tried to race to the edge to pick up the first down. Tyree Robinson (Gainesville, Ga.) and fellow defensive back Alijah Huzzie (Franklin, Ga.) seemed to be shot out of a cannon, delivering the game-winning hit on Sam Llewellyn, stopping the Bulldog running back short with one yard to go.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Quarter

  • ETSU 7, The Citadel 0: ETSU claimed the game’s first touchdown on the defensive end of the ball after Di’Andre Davis forced his first career fumble and Robinson scooped up the pigskin for a 27-yard touchdown recovery.
  • ETSU 7, The Citadel 7: The Bulldogs drew even after an ETSU turnover gave the ball to The Citadel deep in ETSU territory. The Bulldogs orchestrated a 5-play, 14-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run from Adams.

Second Quarter

  • The Citadel 14, ETSU 7: After an ETSU turnover on downs, the Bulldogs claimed their first advantage of the game with a 4-play, 49-yard touchdown drive. The Citadel touchdown was set up by a 44-yard pass from Jaylan Adams to Raleigh Webb.
  • ETSU 14, The Citadel 14: It was the Bucs turn to catch the break, capitalizing on a Bulldog fumble on the punt with a 4-yard touchdown connection from Riddell to Saylors.

Third Quarter

  • ETSU 21, The Citadel 14: ETSU struck quick to begin the second half, taking the ball 62 yards on three plays as the drive was capped off by a Will Huzzie 49-yard touchdown reception.
  • ETSU 28, The Citadel 14: The Bucs doubled their lead on yet another Bulldog turnover with Alijah Huzzie recording his second interception of the season. ETSU scored five plays later with Quay Holmes (Powder Springs, Ga.) punching in the one-yard touchdown run, his fourth rushing touchdown of the season.

Fourth Quarter

  • ETSU 28, The Citadel 21: The Bulldogs closed the gap to make things interesting with a 4-yard scamper from Darique Hampton, capping off a 12-play, 60-yard drive with 2:42 remaining in the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

  • For the second consecutive game in Charleston, S.C., Tyree Robinson scored a defensive touchdown … This time returning a 27-yard fumble recovery for the touchdown – Robinson recorded a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown on Oct. 13, 2018 against the Bulldogs.
  • Robinson’s fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first since Robinson did so against Wofford on Oct. 20, 2018, recovering the ball in the endzone for a touchdown.
  • ETSU forced three turnovers in Saturday’s victory, the first time since forcing three in a 45-0 homecoming win over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, 2018.
  • Alijah Huzzie hauled in his second career interception with a toe-tap catch on the sideline in the third quarter to set up the Bucs’ fourth touchdown of the game.
  • The ETSU defense was led by Colton Lakes (Loveland, Ohio) with a career-high 12 tackles, while Jared Folks (Harrisburg, Pa.) tied his career high with 11 tackles.
  • ETSU yielded only 236 yards of offense to the triple option attack, including just 138 on the ground.
  • Defensive backs: Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.), Alijah Huzzie and Tyree Robinson all came away with a turnover in the seven-point triumph.
  • Redshirt-freshman linebacker Di'Andre Davis (Charlotte, N.C.) forced two fumbles in the win, including the one that led to the game's first score.
  • Will Huzzie finished the game with six receptions for 94 yards and one score, while Jacob Saylors ended the game with 77 all-purpose yards (52 receiving) and one touchdown.
  • The Bucs finished with just seven yards of offense on nine plays in the opening quarter, the lowest total since recording -11 yards in the third quarter at Vanderbilt on Nov. 23, 2019 … ETSU finished the game with 223 yards of offense.
  • ETSU improves to 17-12 all-time against The Citadel, including 8-7 when playing in Charleston, S.C.
  • The seven-point win marked the fourth consecutive one-possession battle between the two squads, with each team winning in enemy territory.

NEXT GAME UP
The Bucs will return home to the friendly confines of William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium as ETSU plays host to Western Carolina at 1 p.m. on March 27. The showdown with the Catamounts will mark the third Blue Ridge Border Battle meeting.

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