Chellis field goal lifts Bucs at final gun
        *Wilhjelm to Moore on 4th-and-13 sets up kick

By Allen LaMountain


   JOHNSON CITY -- Shades of Furman! Con Chellis booted a 42-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give the East Tennessee State Buccaneers a 23-21 win over The Citadel on Thursday night at Memorial Center.
   "Con Chellis is a winner," was how Bucs head coach Paul Hamilton described Chellis' clutch boot. "I know the kind of people Con Chellis comes from and I had no doubt he would make that kick. I think it would have been good from 50 (yards)."
   It would take several clutch plays by the Bucs just to get to the Chellis effort as quarterback Matt Wilhjelm completed a 21-yard pass to Cecil Moore on a fourth-and-13 play.
   "I just told Matt 'stay composed,' and we made a tremendous play," said Moore. "It was a little dig route over the middle and Matt threw it right where I could get it. I feel that with my size advantage over the small corners in this league that it should be a completion every time."
   Several plays later Wilhjelm found Corey Carter between two defenders for a 25-yard gain to the Citadel 30-yard line. Two rushing plays later and it was time for Chellis' heroics.
   "Making a touchdown earlier at the same end of the field gave me some confidence," said Chellis who earlier had a 35 yard attempt and a point after kick blocked. "On the first one they got it from the edge, the second one we may have been a little slow with our timing. This was such a load with all the expectations we have for ourselves, and being 1-3 it was just such a relief."
   The Bucs struck gold on their second possession, going on an eight play, 79 yard drive that was capped by a Wilhjelm 1 yard run. In the drive Wilhjelm hit Charvin Clark on a 49 yard strike down the home sideline to key the drive to a 7-0 advantage.
   The Citadel responded in the second period -- after recovering an ETSU fumble at the Bucs 40 yard line -- as tailback Maurice Murphy capped the 40 yard drive with a two yard plunge. The point after-try failed and ETSU held a 7-6 lead.
   With time running out in the second quarter, Wilhjelm found Moore in the right corner of the end zone for a score with 11 ticks left before the break. Chellis' PAT try was blocked and the Bucs went into halftime with a 13-6 lead.
   In the third quarter the Bulldogs tied the contest as Nate Mahoney began to assert himself rushing six times in the drive for 34 of the Citadel's 58 yards. Mahoney capped the drive with a 13 yard run.
   The Bucs regained the lead late in the period as Carter dove in from the one to cap a 14 yard Bucs drive that began when the Bulldogs fumbled on a punt return and Kareem Coffin came away with the loose pigskin.
   A one yard run by Murphy made it a one-point game in the fourth quarter, but instead of going for the kick to tie, Citadel head coach Ellis Johnson elected to go for the deuce.
   'Dogs quarterback Mazzie Drummond found tight end Nick Johnson in the corner to give the Citadel a 21-20 lead.
   "In a game on the road that had been tied, I just felt we needed to go for the lead," said Johnson explaining his motives. "This was a tough, tough game that went right to the wire. There are probably 50 plays that we could talk about. These type games hurt probably more than a blowout."
   With 2:40 remaining the Bucs started their game winning drive at the 20 yard line and on third and long Wilhjelm was sacked for the second time in the contest by Alonzo Bethea to set up the fourth and long.