The Citadel rolled into Alabama this week as a massive underdog and with expectations of being utterly thrashed by the nation’s top football program. Surprisingly, it didn’t start out that way for the Crimson Tide.
The Bulldogs started the game with the ball and they ate up more than seven minutes as they marched into Alabama’s territory and made it to the 39-yard line before they were forced to punt.
Alabama’s drive on offense even hit a few hurdles. Twice on the drive the Crimson Tide faced third-and-long and required some big plays from Tua Tagovailoa to keep the drive alive. Finally, with less than four minutes left in the quarter, Alabama found the end zone and its first lead of the game.
Twitter made sure to take part in the mockery as Alabama struggled in the first quarter against a four-win team.
The Citadel's first possession: 12 plays, 36 yards, 7 mins off the clock. Punt.
THAT is how you cover 52 points my friends.
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) November 17, 2018
The Citadel is 2-for-2 on third-down conversions so far. Finding more success than most other teams that have played Alabama.
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) November 17, 2018
Could The Citadel beat the Raiders?
— fka martyd (@BigCtheEG) November 17, 2018
Alabama struggling with The Citadel after a quarter is the greatest upset in college football history.
— Ian Hest (@IanHest) November 17, 2018
Alabama up 7-0 on The Citadel after a quarter.
TIME TO MOVE THE TIDE OUT OF THE TOP FOUR?
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) November 17, 2018