RALEIGH, N.C. — Amid the wreckage of The Citadel’s 52-14 loss at North Carolina State on Saturday night was some good news.
Derek Douglas is back.
The Bulldogs’ all-Southern Conference defensive tackle, who tore the ACL in his right knee during spring practice, played for the first time this season against the Wolfpack.
Douglas was in for “seven or eight snaps,” coach Kevin Higgins said, and was credited with one assist.
“I felt fine,” Douglas said. “There was no pain in the knee, and now I’m just looking forward to next week.”
It’s too soon yet to say how Douglas will fit into the rotation next week against Chattanooga, but having him back for the stretch run of the SoCon title chase can only help.
“I couldn’t be happier about that,” Douglas said. “I didn’t know I would be playing until our team meetings on Friday. I think they just wanted to knock some of the rust off before next week.”
Said Higgins, “Derek did real well in practice this week, so we wanted to give him a live opportunity, and he did well. We’ll see how he feels (Sunday) and go from there.”
N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien was pleased with is team’s edge in time of possession, 32:47 to 27:13 for The Citadel.
“We knew that The Citadel was good after their win over Appalachian State,” he said. “We wanted to possess the ball and keep their defense on the field and their offense on the bench. We wanted to score, but we didn’t want to do it real fast so we could win the time of possession. We were able to do that and wore them down defensively at the end.”
• The Bulldogs’ 52-14 loss to N.C. State was its worst against an FBS team since a 52-6 loss at Arizona in 2010. The Citadel has lost 23 straight to FBS teams, its last wins over Arkansas and Army in 1992.
• Sophomore linebackers Carl Robinson and Rah Muhammad led the Bulldogs with 9.5 and 8 tackles, respectively. Freshmen linemen Mitchell Jeter and Mark Thomas had sacks, as did senior Chris Billingslea. Muhammad also forced and recovered a fumble.
• The interception by N.C. State All-American corner David Amerson was the first pick thrown by The Citadel this season. Amerson went over Citadel receiver Greg Adams to pick off a deep ball from Aaron Miller.
• Freshman running back Vinny Miller scored his second TD of the season, on a 15-yard run in the third quarter.
• Next week’s foe, Chattanooga, fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the SoCon with a 34-17 loss to App State on Saturday.