CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel scored five first-half touchdowns to offset a career performance by Charleston Southern's Solomon Brown as the Buccaneers fell in the season finale at Johnson Hagood Stadium, 43-14.
Brown finished with a career-high 5.5 tackles for loss among his 18 tackles in the contest to pace CSU (5-6) in the Lowcountry rivalry game. The redshirt senior BUC equaled the Big South single-game record for tackles for loss and became the third player in conference history to reach 50.0 career tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Brown's efforts were not enough to pace the Buccaneers to the win over The Citadel (5-6) as the Bulldogs utilized touchdowns by five different players in taking home the victory. The teams combined for two punt blocks returned for touchdowns, a safety, and a 77-yard kickoff return in an exciting first half that ended with the Bulldogs leading 37-14 at the break.
London Johnson was 7-of-16 through the air for 67 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Taz Lindsey was the recipient of four of those completions for 52 yards and the 21-yard touchdown catch to highlight CSU's offensive efforts in the game.
Grant Drakeford (10 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD) and Brandon Rainey (11 carries, 45 yards, 1 TD) highlighted the Bulldogs' rushing efforts as The Citadel recorded 218 rushing yards on the game. Rainey was 3-of-5 through the air for 80 yards and a touchdown pass to Ryan McCarthy just before the end of the first half.
Brandon Rowland added 10 tackles in his final game with the Buccaneers, while Nick Salley added a career-high nine tackles in the loss. Shadarius Hopkins recorded his second interception in as many games and added a 41-yard return, while E.J. Pride had a fumble recovery.
Aron Spann III led The Citadel's defense with seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. He led a Bulldog defensive effort that recorded four sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss in the game. Jay Howard added a pair of interceptions in the win.
How They Scored
- Brandon Rainey put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with an eight-yard option keeper around the right end to cap an eight-play, 64-yard drive with 7:31 left in the first quarter.
- The Citadel scored their second touchdown of the game on a blocked punt returned for 24 yards by Dante Smith for the score with five minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
- CSU responded with a punt block returned for a touchdown of their own on the opening play of the second quarter. Theo Goodwin went up the middle for the block and Darin Smalls scooped up the loose ball at the CIT 13 and took it the rest of the way in for the Bucs' first touchdown of the game.
- Following a downed punt at the CSU 1-yard line, Aaron Brawley tackled CSU's Adam Allen inside the end zone for The Citadel safety with 9:48 to play in the second quarter.
- Raleigh Webb took the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for the touchdown to make the game 23-7 with 9:36 to play in the half.
- London Johnson targeted Taz Lindsey on the post pattern over the middle on CSU's next drive. The senior slot receiver hauled in the completion for the 21-yard touchdown reception to cut into the Bulldogs' lead.
- Grant Drakeford was in the end zone for the Bulldogs with a 21-yard touchdown run on the option pitch to the left with 1:53 remaining in the first half.
- Ryan McCarthy kept one foot in-bounds on a throw to the front left pylon to record the 18-yard touchdown catch from Rainey with 25 seconds left to cap the scoring in the first half.
- Jacob Godek connected on his first field goal of the contest, this one from 33 yards, to cap a 10-play, 63-yard drive that took 5:16 off the clock in the third quarter.
- Godek's second field goal was good from 39 yards to cap the scoring in the game.
Inside the Statistics
- Charleston Southern finished the game with a season-low 75 yards of total offense and six first downs in the loss.
- The Bulldogs finished with 328 yards of offense and 16 first downs in the win.
- The Bucs went 0-for-12 in third-down conversions.
- Adam Allen led the Bucs with six carries for 20 yards. His 17-yard carry early in the third quarter was CSU's longest carry of the game.
- Taz Lindsey finished with four catches for 52 yards and his second receiving touchdown of the season.
- Kyle Reighard averaged 40.0 yards per punt and pinned one inside the 20-yard line in the loss.
- Jonathan Glover recorded a half-sack to combine with Solomon Brown as the Bucs recorded two sacks and eight tackles for loss defensively.
- The Citadel held the 33:32-26:28 time of possession edge in the game.
- The teams combined for 22 penalties for 231 total yards in the game.
News & Notes
- Solomon Brown tied former CSU defensive lineman Anthony Ellis for all-time single-game record in Big South history with 5.5 tackles for loss on Thursday night. Ellis achieved the mark last season on November 4 against Gardner-Webb.
- Brown also became the third player in Big South history to achieve 50.0 career tackles for loss. The Central, S.C. native finished his playing career with 51.0 career tackles for loss joining Gardner-Webb's Brian Johnston (53.5 TFL, 2004-07) and CSU's Anthony Ellis (51.5, 2014-17).
- Shadarius Hopkins recorded two interceptions in a season for the third consecutive year. His six interceptions tied him for eighth all-time in the CSU record books with David Misher (2004-07), Malcolm Jackson (2012-15) and teammate James Allen (2017-18).
- Solomon Brown's 18 tackles were the most by a Big South player in a single game this season, eclipsing the mark of 16 tackles achieved by teammates Shadarius Hopkins (vs. Elon) and E.J. Pride (at Monmouth).
- Brown's 5.5 tackles for loss also gave him the top two TFL games in the Big South this year. He previously recorded 4.5 tackles for loss at Savannah State on October 6.
- Tyler Tekac's two extra points wrapped up a storied career for the CSU placekicker. After joining the team as a walk-on back in 2014, Tekac finished second all-time in career scoring with the Bucs with 211 career points behind only Nick Ellis (214, 2003-07).
- Darin Small's scoop-and-score on the blocked punt was CSU's first punt block returned for a touchdown since Larenzo Mathis achieved the feat at Vanderbilt on October 11, 2014.
- CSU's loss to The Citadel ended the Bucs' four-game winning streak against the Bulldogs dating back to the 2013 season. The Bucs fall to 2-6 all-time in the series against The Citadel.
- CSU's 5-6 record in 2018 snapped a five-year streak finishing above .500 dating back to 2013.
- The Bucs were held to negative rushing yards in the contest for the first time since 2011 against Stony Brook (-7 yards, Nov. 5, 2011).
- CSU's 75 yards of total offense was the first time CSU was limited under 100 total yards since 2016 against Mississippi State (33 yards, Sept. 2, 2016).
CSU Play of the Game
FB 2Q | TOUCHDOWN BUCS!!— CSU Game Day (@CSUGameDay) November 30, 2018
Much as we love our own @danielleloren16, we love this PUNT BLOCK touchdown by Theo Goodwin and Nick Salley. Bucs on the board following the 13-yard scoop-and-score pic.twitter.com/F9QuqUVdfq
CSU Player of the Game - Solomon Brown