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Citadel's Khafari Buffalo tackles Western Carolina's Detrez Newsome Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

The Citadel is one of two schools in the Southern Conference with instant-replay capability for officials at its stadium.

In a 31-19 loss to Western Carolina on Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium, that capability came back to bite the Bulldogs.

Citadel senior Cam Jackson was originally ruled to have scored on a 51-yard pass that would have given the Bulldogs a 16-10 lead late in the first half.

But Western Carolina cornerback Tra Hardy ran Jackson down at the goal line, punching the ball out of Jackson's right hand for a fumble recovered by the Catamounts.

After a lengthy review, the officials ruled that Jackson had lost the ball just before he crossed the goal line, negating the TD and giving WCU the ball at its own 20.

"I thought I got in," Jackson said. "But apparently not. They replayed it and said I didn't get it. I felt like that changed the game, to be honest."

The ESPN3 cameras did not have the goal-line angle that was available in the replay booth. That angle showed Jackson losing the ball a foot or two away from the end zone.

The irony, of course, is that the TD would have stood at Western Carolina's Whitmire Stadium or at seven of the SoCon's nine stadiums. Mercer is the only other school with instant replay; the rest of the league is required to have replay capability by 2019.

Cam blocks punts, too

Jackson, apparently added to the punt-block team in last week's win over VMI, came through with the first two blocked punts of his career against WCU.

Jackson got his hand on a punt in the second quarter, setting up the Bulldogs' first TD on a 3-yard TD pass from Dominique Allen to freshman Keyonte Sessions.

It was The Citadel's first punt block since 2013.

In the third quarter, Jackson appeared to push a WCU blocker back into the kick, getting credit for his second block. The ball bounded out of the end zone for a safety, cutting WCU's lead to 24-19.

"Coach had me on punt block last week, but I was sort of just blocking," Jackson said. "I told him, I want to get it. That's what I did."

Berryman bounced a punt off his own player after a low snap later in the game, setting the Bulldogs up at the WCU 34. But The Citadel was unable to capitalize on that one.

Extra Points

• Citadel safety Kailik Williams, the SoCon defensive player of the year in 2016, started but played only a few snaps. He missed last week's game with a sore hamstring ... Defensive tackle Ja'Lon Williams appeared to injure his leg on WCU's first series and did not return.

• Freshman slotback Keyonte Sessions scored his first career TD on a 2-yard pass, and ran twice for 33 yards. Freshman fullback Brandon Berry ran 11 times for 32 yards.

• Linebacker Myles Pierce had seven tackles, 1½ for loss, and safety Khafari Buffalo, in for Kailik Williams, had six tackles. Quinlan Washington recovered a fumble.

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