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Holy City bragging rights between The Citadel and CSU

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August 30th, 2013 -

The Citadel opens its 106th season of intercollegiate football and ninth under head coach Kevin Higgins when it hosts Charleston Southern Saturday at 6 p.m. at Sansom Field at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

The Citadel will be looking to build off its success from 2012 as the Bulldogs earned seven victories, including stunning wins over No. 3 Georgia Southern and No. 8 Appalachian State, en route to its first winning season since 2007. The team is seeking its first back-to-back winning seasons since 1991-92.

The Bulldogs return 17 lettermen and six starters on offense, including five fifth-year linemen. The defense returns 19 lettermen and nine starters, including two fifth-year starting cornerbacks, but are likely without standout linebacker Carson Smith for the season as the junior suffered a dislocated ankle during fall camp.

The game marks the seventh in the series between the city rivals, all at Johnson Hagood Stadium, and The Citadel holds a 5-1 lead. The teams met in last season's opener with the Bulldogs prevailing 49-14. The only Buccaneer win was a 38-35 double overtime thriller in 2006.

The Citadel is 56-46-3 in season openers in its long history and 6-2 under Higgins, with the only two defeats coming at the hands of Texas A&M in 2006 and North Carolina in 2009. The Bulldogs have opened the season against Charleston Southern on four previous occasions (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2012) and are 4-0 in those contests.

The game can be heard throughout South Carolina on The Citadel Sports Network, with Sports Radio 1450 AM WQNT in Charleston serving as the flagship station. The Citadel Tailgate Show begins the radio broadcast at 4 p.m.

Live audio and video of the game is available at Bulldog Insider by visiting The Citadel website at www.CitadelSports.com.

To order tickets online go to etix.com or call 843-953-DOGS. The box office at Johnson Hagood Stadium will open at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Citadel will also participate in the annual "Take a Kid to the Game" promotion, with children 12 and under receiving a free general admission ticket when accompanied by a paying adult. At halftime, there will be a special performance by the Burke High School "High Stepping" marching band.

The Kid Zone will be open at 4:30 p.m. and is located inside the stadium next to visiting team locker room on the East Side of Johnson Hagood.

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