No. 8 seed Charleston Southern is halfway to a spot in the elite eight of the FCS playoffs, riding two Mike Holloway touchdowns to a 14-3 lead over The Citadel at halftime.
Holloway scored on runs of 41 and 32 yards to spark the Buccaneers, who overcame two first-half turnovers and the loss to injury of starting quarterback Austin Brown and backup Kyle Copeland.
An overflow crowd turned out on a beautiful day at Buccaneer Field, filling in six or seven rows deep behind the fences surrounding the field.
The Citadel took a 3-0 lead on a 43-yard field goal by Eric Goins midway through the first quarter, and had plenty of chances to take control of the game.
The Bulldogs had the ball inside the CSU 25-yard line twice in the first half, but came up empty on an interception by quarterback Dom Allen and a missed 41-yard field goal by Goins.
A fumble by Citadel fullback Tyler Renew set up Hollway’s 41-yard TD run, an amazing cross-field jaunt during which it seemed all 11 Bulldogs had a shot at him.
The Citadel’s fourth first-half turnover led to Hollway’s second TD, a 32-yard sprint up the middle. CSU linebacker Solomon Brown stripped the ball from Allen as the QB dropped to pass.
The winner of Saturday’s playoff game advances to the FCS quarterfinals to play either No. 1 seed Jacksonville State or Chattanooga.