By Kyle Kensing
Prior to Saturday's thrilling 23-22 win at South Carolina, FCS program The Citadel had an impressive run of victories against FBS (then-Div. I-A) opponents, with at least one every season from 1988 through 1992.
That was before any member of the Bulldogs current roster was born. As head coach Mike Houston said in his postgame interview, "25 years ago didn't help us today."
The Citadel now has a new milestone to tout. Saturday ended a 27-game skid that spanned the past 23 years, including a 48-13 loss earlier this season at former Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern. Coincidentally, Georgia Southern scored the last FCS win against an SEC opponent in 2013, the Eagles' last year before joining the Sun Belt Conference.
The Citadel did its best impression of Georgia Southern's 26-20 defeat of Florida from two years ago. Both FCS squads threw just three passes in their wins (yes, you read that correctly -- three!), though the Bulldogs completed two more attempts.
But The Citadel rode its option offense to 350 rushing yards, 56 of which came on Tyler Renew's game-winning touchdown carry.
FCS The Citadel takes down South Carolina thanks to this game winning 56-yd TD! https://t.co/xHwSlyXJGn- ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 21, 2015
Renew sealed the victory, ended a losing streak and almost assuredly put the 8-3 Bulldogs in the FCS Playoffs all in one rush. The 24-team postseason field is announced Sunday morning at 11 a.m. ET.
Renew finished with 174 yards on 23 carries, and Cam Jackson added 106 on just 12. The duo scored all three of The Citadel's touchdowns.
Houston told ESPN's Paul Finebaum in his postgame interview that The Citadel's a force to be reckoned with. Few in Columbia are going to argue after Saturday's performance.
Kyle Kensing is a contributor to Sports on Earth. He is a sports journalist in Southern California and has covered college football and basketball for a variety of outlets in the last decade. Follow Kyle on Twitter @kensing45 for insights on sports, cinema and old Simpsons episodes.