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Rod Johnson stretches to catch an 18-yard touchdown pass from Citadel quarterback Jordan Black on Saturday. (Citadel Athletics)

CLINTON — Forced by Hurricane Irma to leave the friendly confines of Johnson Hagood Stadium, The Citadel Bulldogs made themselves right at home at Presbyterian's Bailey Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Senior quarterback Dominique Allen ran for a career-best three touchdowns, and backup QB Jordan Black ran for 103 yards and threw a career-best three TD passes. The 14th-ranked Bulldogs improved to 2-0 with a 48-7 rout of the Blue Hose before 2,586 fans.

Black's TD passes of 57 yards to Raleigh Webb, 18 yards to Rod Johnson and 14 yards to Brandon Rainey came during a stretch of 41 straight points for The Citadel.

Allen scored on runs of 1, 1 and 2 yards, and fullback Lorenzo Ward added a 5-yard TD run for his first career score.

In all, the Bulldogs piled up 539 total yards, 436 rushing, hogged the ball for more than 40 minutes and scored touchdowns on seven straight possessions.

"I was proud of the team, the way they handled adversity this week," said coach Brent Thompson, now 12-2 at The Citadel. "That was the one thing that we thought could get us, if we didn't approach this game the way we should.

"I told the guys, we won this game on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the way we prepared."

Presbyterian (0-2) tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter on a 76-yard TD sprint from Torrance Marable.

But it all Bulldogs after that.

Slotback Grant Drakeford ran seven times for 84 yards and fullback Rainey added 70 yards on 17 tries. Black hit all three of his passes for 89 yards and the three scores.

"We definitely opened it up through the air today," said Black. "That was a big shock. But it really opens up the whole playbook now. Teams have to worry about the pass now as well as the run."

On defense, safety Kailik Williams and 310-pound freshman nose guard John Wesley Whiteside each picked off a pass, and linebacker Myles Pierce had six tackles.

"On offense, we were able to do what we game-planned for, put drives together and pound the ball," said Allen, who gained 57 yards on 16 carries. "(Black) did a heck of a job today. We kind of split the touchdowns, and it's great to be able to kind of split time with him."

PC coach Tommy Spangler got 93 yards and a TD on seven carries from Marable, the transfer from Arkansas State. But that was about it.

"The defense was disappointing, the offense was disappointing," he said. "It was all disappointing. The Citadel is very good, but I think we helped them look even better."

Citadel officials decided on Wednesday to move the PC game from Charleston to Clinton as the military school closed classes and evacuated cadets.

It took the football team six hours to travel from Charleston to Greenville on Friday. The team planned to travel to Johnson City, Tenn., on Saturday night, then return to Lookup Lodge, a camp near Greenville.

Lookup Lodge is where the Bulldogs stayed last year when The Citadel was forced by Hurricane Matthew to play a "home" game at North Greenville. The team could end up staying at the camp all week before traveling to East Tennessee State for next week's Southern Conference opener.

It's an expensive proposition, however. It costs about $14,000 to $15,000 a day to keep the Bulldogs on the road, athletic director Jim Senter said. 

"Last year's experience definitely helped us," Allen said. "If we didn't have that, it would have made this week a little bit harder. But we knew how to compose ourselves and handle this adversity."

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-967-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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