Tee Mitchell scored two touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards and Mercer controlled all the way in a 24-14 win over The Citadel on Saturday.
CJ Leggett scored on a 1-yard run to end a five-play, 48-yard drive in the first quarter, Mitchell added rushing scores of 16 yards and 2 yards in the second and third quarters respectively and Mercer (3-3, 2-2 Southern Conference) built a 21-0 lead.
Dominique Allen’s 1-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter put The Citadel (3-3, 1-2) on the board. The Bears added a field goal before Brandon Berry’s 2-yard score ended the scoring.
Allen threw for 180 yards and Berry had 15 carries for 65 yards. The Citadel outgained Mercer 380 to 311, however, the Bulldogs lost three fumbles and Allen threw an interception late in the game. Mercer coughed the ball away twice on fumbles as well.
“I remember exactly how many there were, because I counted them. There were 38,” Leach recalled. With 70 players, it meant half the team’s pads were hung while the other half sat on the floor.
After the team dressed, the players started down the Buy Cheap Jerseys famous spiral ramps that lead to Scott Field. Leach has no idea what the home side’s spiral was like, but the Basketball Jerseys Custom visiting side was poured with concrete that had been polished to the point that it was like gray ice.
“[Then-Kentucky head coach] Hal (Mumme) gave the team their speech, and they were all fired up and blew out the door,” Leach said, “… and they had to tip toe down to the field while hanging onto the railing.”