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Mercer upsets #17 Citadel on the road

Mercer RB Tee Mitchell (28) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in Mercer's win over #17 the Citadel on Saturday afternoon. (Judy Stapleton, Mercer Athletics)

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb's message to his team has been "go 1-0." This week they accomplished that feat with a 24-14 upset win over No. 17 the Citadel.

The Bears (3-3, 2-2) jumped out to a 21-0 lead after three quarters of play thanks to one touchdown from CJ Leggett two scores from Tee Mitchell. Mercer quarterback Kaelan Riley only threw for 111 yards on the day but that was mainly due to the effectiveness of the Mercer running attack. The Bears' trio of running backs tallied 200 yards on the ground to help eat up over 33 minutes of game time, keeping the Citadel offense off the field.

The Mercer defense played their second solid game in a row holding the nations fourth-ranked rushing offense to only 201 yards, more than 100 yards below their season average. Defensive end Lee Bennett tallied 16 total tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a tackle for loss on a fourth down attempt by the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter.

The win was Mercer's second victory over a nationally ranked team since the reboot in 2013 and their first win versus a top-25 team since 2015's win over Chattanooga.

Mercer hosts Chattanooga (1-5, 1-2) on Saturday at Five Star Stadium.

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