Tyree Robinson returned an interception 42 yards for a score, JJ Jerman kicked a career-high four field goals, and East Tennessee State beat The Citadel 26-23 on Saturday for the program’s best six-game start since going 8-1 in 1996.
Tied at 16 in the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers converted two third downs before Jerman’s fourth field goal, a go-ahead 36-yarder that tied ETSU’s single-game record for field goals.
Robinson picked off Jordan Black’s pass on fourth-and-5 on the Bulldogs’ next drive and returned it for the score, sealing the win. It was Robinson’s second interception of the game and his third pick in his last two games.
Jerman also kicked field goals of 46, 40 and 31 yards.
Austin Henrink was 15 of 20 for 169 yards passing for ETSU (6-1, 4-0 Southern Conference), including a 12-yard scoring pass to Kobe Kelley.
Black was 15 of 23 for 188 yards for The Citadel (1-4, 1-3). He opened the scoring on a 2-yard run. Raleigh Webb had eight catches for 116 yards.
Head Coach Randy Sanders following @ETSUFootball‘s 26-23 win over Citadel to improve to 6-1: “I thought we played much, much better the second half. I challenged the guys, said we had to go win the last 30 minutes. We found a way to do that.”— Buc Sports Network (@BucSportsRadio) October 13, 2018
Sanders: “If you’d offered me 6-1 at the beginning of the season, I’d probably thought I was drinking something other than Diet Pepsi with my cigars.” https://t.co/e696rf0WX5— Buc Sports Network (@BucSportsRadio) October 13, 2018