The Eagles picked up their second win of the season on Saturday against The Citadel in a dominate fashion. The Eagles combined for 484 total yards in their 48-13 victory over the Bulldogs.
The running game was obviously the main contributor to that yardage total, as the team ran for 383 yards. This is actually less than the 413 yards against Western Michigan but this is because The Citadel’s defense was more accustomed to rushing attacks from their own option offense in practice. Despite the Bulldogs preparation, the Eagles put in six scores on the ground and the offensive line easily plowed holes through the defense.
Junior running back Matt Breida was the clear standout of the rushing game. Breida ran for 164 yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns. His two touchdowns came on a run of 25 yards and a blazing 87 yard run where the line cleared a hole for him and he simply outran the defense. L.A. Ramsby was a dominant force running the ball as he fought to win several third and fourth down situations on his way to 60 yards on ten carries and managed a touchdown run through the Bulldog defense. Freshman running back Wesley Fields showed out again at home with 62 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown of his own and grabbed his first career touchdown. Junior quarterback Kevin Ellison returned from suspension to score two more touchdowns on the ground.
The passing game was on point for the Eagles as both quarterbacks combined for over 100 yards and managed a season-high 12 completions. Ellison ended the day with completing 10 of his 17 passes for 80 yards and senior receiver Ryan Longoria was his number one target. Longoria led the team with 5 receptions for 43 yards and now leads the team in receptions and yards on the season. Receivers BJ Johnson and Myles Campbell each grabbed two catches for 21 and 37 yards, respectively.
Despite the performance against West Virginia the Eagles are again gaining national attention for their run game. Breida sits near the top of several statistical categories for FBS runners and has the highest yards per rush average in the country for runners with more than 40 carries. Breida is also 9th in the country in rushing yardage (410) and tied for second in rushing touchdowns (6).
Sun Belt play begins this weekend as the Eagles take a cross country journey to Moscow, ID to take on the Idaho Vandals. Idaho edged out a 41-38 victory over FCS school Wofford. The Wofford game was their first win after losses to Ohio University and the USC Trojans.