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Samford Blows Out The Citadel

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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Samford moves to 5-1 after putting up huge numbers against nationally-ranked The Citadel 38-7.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Samford offense rolled up 569 yards of total offense, and the Bulldog defense held The Citadel to just seven points as the Samford football team claimed a 38-7 win over 19th-ranked The Citadel Saturday afternoon at Seibert Stadium.

“I thought the enthusiasm and passion that our guys played with was as good as I've seen since I've been here,” Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said. “They've taken a lot of pride in that. Obviously, we have some good players. The play Jaquiski (Tartt) made early really helped us out. And then Fabian (Truss) and Andy (Summerlin) both had good days. Overall, our defense is really starting to play well.”

With the win, Samford improves to 5-1 for the first time since 1992, and the team is also 3-1 in Southern Conference play. The win marked the first time Samford has defeated a ranked Division I-FCS team since defeating sixth-ranked UCF, 36-35, on Oct. 8, 1994. The Citadel drops to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in SoCon play.

Samford senior quarterback Andy Summerlin completed 23-of-32 passes for a career-high 320 yards and one touchdown. Junior running back Fabian Truss rushed 17 times for 114 yards in the win

Senior wide receiver Riley Hawkins caught three passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, including an 82-yard score from Summerlin. Sophomore receiver Kelvin Clay had four catches for 60 yards.

For the Samford defense, Jaquiski Tartt had an interception he returned 65 yards for a touchdown, to go along with three tackles and two pass break-ups. Darion Sutton led Samford in tackles with nine. Jeremy Towns blocked a Citadel field goal and had one tackle.