1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

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1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football
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Southern Conference Champions
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
Sports Network #1
1992 record 11-2 (6–1 SoCon)
Head coach Charlie Taaffe (6th year)
Offensive scheme Option
Defensive coordinator Marty Long
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
Seasons
« 1991 1993 »
1992 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 The Citadel ^   6 1         11 2  
#6 Marshall ^   5 2         12 3  
#16 Appalachian State ^   5 2         7 5  
Western Carolina   5 2         7 4  
Furman   4 3         6 5  
East Tennessee State   2 5         5 6  
VMI   1 6         3 8  
Chattanooga   0 7         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Poll

The 1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 1992 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Bulldogs were led by sixth year head coach Charlie Taaffe and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936.

The Citadel claimed its second SoCon championship, their first since 1961. They spent four weeks as the top ranked team in the nation and played in the I-AA playoffs for the third time in five years.[1] They also won 11 games, most in school history, and the only time a Bulldog football team has won more than eight games in a season. Their playoff win was the first postseasn victory for the Bulldogs since the 1960 Tangerine Bowl.

The Bulldogs defeated two teams from Division I-A for the first time since the SoCon became a Division I-AA league. Wins over Arkansas and Army marked high points in the season.[2] The victory over Arkansas to open the season resulted in the Razorbacks' head coach Jack Crowe stepping down. This was Arkansas' first game as a member of the Southeastern Conference.[3]

After the win over Arkansas, Sports Illustrated published a story critical of The Citadel and its military environment, particularly its effects on athletes.[4] It contained several accounts of hazing, most notably of a freshman kicker who missed a field goal that would have won the 1991 game against Wofford. The story created a firestorm on campus and potential distractions for the team, as several current players were named in the article.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 3:00 p.m. at Arkansas* Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 10–3   35,868
September 12 7:00 p.m. Wofford* #12 Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 30–13   20,710
September 19 7:00 p.m. East Tennessee State #7 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 28–7   16,231
September 26 1:30 p.m. at Army* #5 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 15–14   37,692
October 3 1:30 p.m. at #13 Appalachian State #4 Kidd Brewer StadiumBoone, NC W 25–0   24,233
October 10 7:00 p.m. Chattanooga #2 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 33–13   19,622
October 17 4:08 p.m. #9 Marshall #2 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC WTAV-24 L 13–34   23,025
October 24 2:00 p.m. at Western Carolina #6 E. J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC W 36–31   12,818
November 7 2:00 p.m. Newberry* #4 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 32–14   14,757
November 14 2:00 p.m. VMI #1 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) W 50–0   21,811
November 21 1:30 p.m. at Furman #1 Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC (Rivalry) W 20–14   16,464
November 28 1:00 p.m. #15 North Carolina A&T* #1 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (I-AA First Round) W 44–0   12,300
December 5 1:00 p.m. #6 Youngstown State* #1 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (I-AA Quarterfinals) L 17–42   13,021
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time..

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Preseason[edit]

The Bulldogs were picked to finish fifth in the eight team SoCon by league media.[7]

Game notes[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 0 10 10
Razorbacks 0 0 0 3 3
  • Date: September 5, 1992
  • Location: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
  • Game start: 2:00 P.M. CDT
  • Game attendance: 35,868
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

The Citadel opened the 1992 season at Arkansas, which had joined the Southeastern Conference prior to the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Razorbacks returned 14 starters from a 1991 team that went to a bowl game and was considered "legitimate contenders for the SEC title." Arkansas had not lost a home opener on campus since 1906, going 42–0–3 since a loss to Chilocco Indian Agricultural School, while The Citadel had lost 19 of 20 road openers, the lone win against Navy in 1989. The two teams had never met in football, and The Citadel's only wins over SEC teams were over Vanderbilt in 1962 and 1979.[8][9]

Both teams were scoreless through three quarters, as each team missed a field goal as the second quarter wound down. Late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs drove to the Arkansas 25–yard line before QB Jack Douglas fumbled a pitch to Eric Little, which the Razorbacks recovered on their 24–yard line. They drove to The Citadel 8–yard line, where they faced fourth down and one yard to go. As fans booed, the Razorbacks sent out their field goal unit for a 25–yard kick by Todd Wright to take a 3–0 lead early in the 4th quarter. The Citadel was unable to move past midfield on their ensuing possession and were forced to punt. On a second and four play from the Razorbacks 31, RB E. D. Jackson took a handoff up the middle where he was met by Bulldogs DE Garrett Sizer, knocking the ball loose. Citadel DE Judson Boehmer recovered the fumble behind the line of scrimmage, and taking advantage of a rule change for 1992 returned it for a touchdown. The Razorbacks took over after the kickoff on their 31, and on the third play QB Jason Allen threw a pass that was intercepted by Bulldog CB Detric Cummings. Douglas led the Bulldogs to the 8–yard line, and Jeff Trinh connected on a 25–yard field goal with 3:28 remaining to take a 10–3 lead. Arkansas threatened on their next possession, but were unable to convert from The Citadel 27–yard line, and the Bulldogs ran the final 1:21 off the clock to seal the win. This was the Bulldogs fifth win over a Division I-A team in their previous six tries.[10][11][12]

As a team, the Bulldogs gained 218 yards on the ground and 276 yards overall. Douglas rushed 26 times for 82 yards and finished 5 of 7 in the air for 58 yards. RB Everette Sands carried 11 times for 51 yards. The Razorbacks gained 287 yards, 177 of them on the ground, with Jackson carrying 29 times for a career high 167 yards and Allen completing 11 of 23 attempts for 110 yards and one interception. The Citadel fumbled four times, losing two, while Arkansas fumbled three times, losing one. The Bulldogs converted 8 of 15 third down attempts, while the Razorbacks converted only 4 of 13. The Citadel won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 33:13.[12]

After the game, Razorbacks coach Jack Crowe resigned. He was succeeded by Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines.[3]

Wofford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Terriers 0 7 0 6 13
#12 Bulldogs 0 17 0 13 30
  • Date: September 12, 1992
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 7:00 P.M. EDT
  • Game attendance: 20,710
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–8–1 1991 WOF, 15–12

The Bulldogs faced Division II Wofford in their home opener. The previous season, the Terriers had upset The Citadel at Johnson Hagood Stadium, with freshman kicker Chad Davis missing three field goals. The story surrounding Davis provided key information for Rick Reilly's article on the Fourth-Class System that was published in the week leading up to the 1992 Wofford game. The key storyline for the week included these distractions and the emotional high of the win over Arkansas, arguably the Bulldogs biggest win as a program. The Terriers were coming off a disappointing 41–27 loss at NAIA power Elon.[5][13]

Both teams were scoreless in the first quarter, and The Citadel took over at their own 27 yard line after a Wofford punt early in the second quarter. Driving 73 yards on 13 plays, Sands scored on a 2–yard run to put the Bulldogs up 7–0. Wofford responded with their own 73–yard drive later in the quarter to tie the game. The Bulldogs took over on the ensuing kickoff at their own 40 yard line and went 60 yards for a Cedric Sims touchdown and a lead they would not relinquish. Jeff Trinh added a 36–yard field goal as the half expired for a 17–7 lead. Early in the third quarter, Jack Douglas was intercepted by CB Chad Starks, giving Wofford momentum. Five plays later, CB Torrance Forney recorded his second interception of Wofford QB Shawn Graves, this time near the end zone. The Citadel then 98 yards on 17 plays in nearly 8 minutes to take a commanding 23–7 lead. The Bulldogs would recover a fumble in their own territory on the next possession, and drive 72 yards on 7 plays for a fourth touchdown later in the fourth quarter. Wofford scored the final points of the game after a four play, 72-yard drive late in the fourth quarter.[13]

Sands rushed for 117 yards on 25 carries while Douglas carried 16 times for 95 yards and threw for 92 more en route to the 30–13 win. Wofford senior QB Shawn Graves rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown, causing Taaffe to remark, "I'm glad we don't have to play him again." The Citadel defense shut down the Terriers in the air, with Graves completing just one of ten passes for 12 yards and three interceptions. The Bulldogs gained 441 yards to just 288 for Wofford. Taaffe was particularly pleased with the performance in light of all the distractions of the week.[13] Citadel fans were particularly excited about score updates from the Arkansas game at South Carolina, in which the Razorbacks routed the Gamecocks 45–7.[14]

East Tennessee State[edit]

1 2 Total
Buccaneers 0
#7 Bulldogs 0
  • Date: September 19, 1992
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 7:00 P.M. EDT
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–7 1991 CIT, 17–7

The Citadel opened SoCon play against East Tennessee State, which entered at 2–0, 1–0 in conference play. The Buccaneers had defeated VMI 18–16 in their opener at home, and then beat NAIA Mars Hill 21–0 in their first shutout since 1984. ETSU had yet to play a road game.[7]

Army[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Bulldogs 0 6 6 3 15
Black Knights 7 0 7 0 14
  • Date: September 26, 1992
  • Location: Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
  • Game start: 1:30 P.M. EDT
  • Game attendance: 37,692
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–6 1991 CIT, 20–14

In its second game against a team from Division I-A, The Citadel traveled to Army.[15][16]

Appalachian State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Bulldogs 0 9 0 16 25
Mountaineers 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 3, 1992
  • Location: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
  • Game start: 1:30 P.M. EDT
  • Game attendance: 24,233
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–12 1991 CIT, 17–10

The Citadel travelled to face defending SoCon champion Appalachian State. The Bulldogs had dealt the Mountaineers their only loss in league play in 1991.[17][18][19]

Chattanooga[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mocs 7 3 3 0 13
#2 Bulldogs 12 7 7 7 33
  • Date: October 10, 1992
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 7:00 P.M. EDT
  • Game attendance: 19,622
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–17–2 1991 UTC, 33–26

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Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Thundering Herd 3 14 7 10 34
#2 Bulldogs 3 0 10 0 13
  • Date: October 17, 1992
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game attendance: 23,025
Overall record Last meeting Result
CIT 6–4 1991 MU 37–31

In a highly anticipated matchup, the undefeated #4 Bulldogs faced 4–1 and #5 Marshall at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Marshall's only loss was to I-A Missouri, and had won each of their four games against I-AA competition in convincing fashion, with the smallest margin of victory being 18 against VMI. The matchup matched the SoCon statistical leaders in several team categories, such as scoring offense vs scoring defense, total offense vs total defense, passing offense vs passing defense, and rushing offense vs rushing defense. The game was the first pre-announced sellout in Johnson Hagood Stadium history, and just the second since the stadium was constructed in 1948.[24]

Despite a record crowd of 23,025, the Bulldogs fell 34–13.[25][26][27]

Western Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Bulldogs 6 10 6 14 36
Catamounts 7 7 7 10 31
  • Date: October 24, 1992
  • Location: E. J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
  • Game attendance: 12,818
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–4–1 1991 CIT, 38–13

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Newberry[edit]

1 2 Total
Indians 0
#4 Bulldogs 0
  • Date: November 7, 1992
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game attendance: 14,757
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–5–4 1981 CIT, 55–14

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VMI[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Keydets 0 0 0 0 0
#1 Bulldogs 13 20 7 10 50
  • Date: November 14, 1992
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 P.M. EDT
  • Game attendance: 21,811
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–26–2 1991 CIT, 17–14

The Bulldogs won their ninth game of the season, securing the largest number of wins in program history. After Jeff Trinh missed two of his first three extra point attempts, freshman John Cahill replaced him on extra points and connected on all four of his attempts. This was Cahill's first collegiate appearance.[31]

Furman[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Bulldogs 13 0 7 0 20
Paladins 0 0 7 7 14
  • Date: November 21, 1992
  • Location: Paladin Stadium, Greenville, SC
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 16,464
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–44–3 1991 CIT, 10–6

The Bulldogs clinched the Southern Conference championship with the win over Furman, for their second title in program history.[32][33]

Division I-AA Playoffs: North Carolina A&T[edit]

1 2 Total
#15 Aggies 0
#1 Bulldogs 0
  • Date: November 28, 1992
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 1:00 P.M. EDT
  • Game attendance: 12,300
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

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Division I-AA Playoffs: Youngstown State[edit]

1 2 Total
#6 Penguins 0
#1 Bulldogs 0
  • Date: December 5, 1992
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game attendance: 13,021
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Roster[edit]

1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Boatwright, DamondDamond Boatwright Jr
RB 3 Sims, CedricCedric Sims Sr
QB 14 Douglas, JackJack Douglas Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 19 Rivers, TerranceTerrance Rivers So
FB 34 Sands, EveretteEverette Sands Jr
HB 42 Mitchem, UndraUndra Mitchem So
OG 64 Stephens, ShayneShayne Stephens Jr
OT 68 Morrelli, DavidDavid Morrelli Sr
OT 72 Cash, CareyCarey Cash Sr
C 73 Copeland, BrettBrett Copeland Sr
OG 78 Hansen, LanceLance Hansen Sr
TE 81 Fagan, MartyMarty Fagan Sr
WR 88 Caldwell, CornellCornell Caldwell Sr
RB Jervey, TravisTravis Jervey Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 7 Cummings, DetricDetric Cummings Jr
CB 9 Forney, TerrenceTerrence Forney Sr
LB 12 Wideman, MikeMike Wideman Jr
FS 15 Smith, LesterLester Smith Sr
SS 21 Johnson, DanDan Johnson Jr
LB 41 Young, MicahMicah Young So
DE 46 Sizer, GarrettGarrett Sizer Jr
LB 65 Briggs, RobRob Briggs Sr
DE 66 Boehmer, JudsonJudson Boehmer Jr
DT 97 Erhard, JakeJake Erhard Jr
DT 98 Powell, LaQuincyLaQuincy Powell Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 4 Trinh, JeffJeff Trinh Fr
P 13 Willingham, EricEric Willingham Sr
Head coach

Charlie Taaffe

Coordinators/assistant coaches

Marty Long (DC)


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Honors and awards[edit]

The following awards were bestowed at the end of the season:[35]

  • Eddie Robinson Award - Charlie Taaffe
  • AP All-Americans - Carey Cash, Lester Smith
  • Walter Camp All-Americans - Carey Cash, Terrence Forney, Lance Hansen, Lester Smith
  • The Sports Network All-Americans - Carey Cash, Lance Hansen, Lester Smith

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final 
I-AA Committee NR 9 8 6 5 4 6 6 3 2 1 1 
Sports Network NR 12 7 5 4 2 2 6 4 1 1 1


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