Nov. 7, 2015

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Post-Game Notes
Western Carolina 48, Furman 10
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. – Sat., Nov. 7, 2015

With the Win ...
- Western Carolina picked up a victory over Furman at home for the first time since 2005, halting a four-game slide against the Paladins;

- WCU scored its first consecutive victories over the Paladins since winning three-straight from 1992-94 under former head coach Steve Hodgin;

- Western Carolina improved its overall record to 6-3 overall on the season and with two regular season games remaining (at Texas A&M and at VMI) it is assured a winning record to end the season … It is the second-straight winning season under head coach Mark Speir and the program’s first consecutive winning seasons since a run of three-straight from 1992-94;

- Western Carolina ended the home portion of its 2015 season undefeated going 5-0 … It is WCU’s first undefeated home slate since 1986 – and just the second unbeaten home season in program history … the Catamounts have posted a 10-1 record at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field over the past two seasons;

- The win is also the sixth-consecutive home victory for Western Carolina dating back to last season … It matches the program’s longest home win streak since also claiming six-straight between the 1993 and ’94 seasons.

Post-Game Notes:
- Senior QB Troy Mitchell scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in Saturday’s victory marking his first, two-TD game this season – and the fifth of his career, the first in a full calendar year … Prior to today, Mitchell’s last two touchdown game was Nov. 8, 2014 at Samford … the Houston, Texas, native moved to within one career rushing score shy of a two-way tie for 10th between Carlton Terry (1987-90) and Melvin Dorsey (1981-83) with 20 career rushing touchdowns;

- Mitchell’s 305 passing yards is the second time this season Mitchell has gone over 300 yards … He had 352 yards in the win over Samford Oct. 24 … Mitchell threw a season-high three touchdown passes … It was the first time in his career that he had rushed for multiple TDs while also throwing multiple TD passes in the same game;

- Mitchell’s 25 completions on Saturday moved him into the top 10 on WCU’s single-season completions charts, currently with 167 to by-pass Jimmy Williams (165 in 1966) for 10th on the chart;

- Junior WR Steffon Hill had a career day hauling a career-high 10 catches for a career-best 130 yards … Hill also tallied his first career rushing touchdown, taking an option pitch from Mitchell for six … Hill has receiving TDs in back-to-back games, tallying his first career score at Chattanooga the week prior;

- With 62 receiving yards on Saturday, redshirt senior WR Karnorris Benson moved into 10th-place all-time in Western Carolina’s career receiving yards ledgers … Benson has 2,250 career receiving yards, by-passing former Catamount standout Wayne Tolleson (2,256 yds from 1974-77) … Benson is just 21 yards shy of ninth-place Jon Reed (2,271 yds from 1987-90);

- Benson hauled in his 23rd career receiving score on Saturday to take sole possession of second place in WCU’s record books, breaking the tie with Eric Rasheed (22, 1981-84) … Benson is now just three receiving TDs shy of all-time career record holder Gerald Harp (26, 1977-80);

- Sophomore RB Detrez Newsome had his second-best rushing performance of the season with 180 yards on the ground … His season-high was 189 yards against Presbyterian … Newsome had his consecutive games with a touchdown snapped against Furman, though, held out of the end zone to end an eight-game streak;

- Newsome did finish with 210 all-purpose yards, adding 26 receiving yards out of the backfield … It is the third-time this season that he has recorded over 200 all-purpose yards in a single game;

- Converted RB Parker Swaringen saw his first action of the season, tallying his first career carries in the second half … Swaringen finished with 16 yards on five carries for the Catamounts;

- Western Carolina put together a season-long drive of 99 yards following a goal line stand by its defense … the Catamount offense methodically marched off its own goal line in 15 plays, consuming just under six minutes of game clock before Hill took the option pitch from Mitchell to score off the right end;

- Redshirt sophomore LB Daniel Riddle saw his string of seven-straight, double-digit tackle outings come to a close on Saturday, matching for a team-high six stops in the win over Furman … Riddle was joined by A.J. Newman Jr., Sertonuse Harris Jr., and Caleb Hawkins;

- Western Carolina’s defense combined for five quarterback sacks on Saturday against Furman … It was the most by a WCU defense since also recording five sacks against Tusculum College (9/11/2010);

- Freshman placekicker Logan Howard tied Mitchell for the most points scored in Saturday’s game with 12 … Howard split the uprights with two field goals to go alone with six extra points;

- WCU’s 38 first half points represents the second time this season it had scored 30-or-more points in the first half … Back on Oct. 24., WCU scored 35 points in the opening half against Samford;

- Western Carolina had its second-best offensive output of the season with 581 yards …The mark was just two yards shy of tying the Catamounts best offensive performance – 583 yards against Mars Hill on Sept. 5;

- Despite having the football for nearly four minutes less, WCU’s offense ran 14 more plays than did Furman – 81-to-67 – on Saturday.

Miscellaneous Notes:
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday afternoon's game were junior DB #3 Fred Payne; senior DB #4 Sertonuse Harris; senior QB #10 Troy Mitchell; redshirt sophomore LB #58 Daniel Riddle; and redshirt senior OL #61 Jake Thornton … Senior RB #20 Darius Ramsey joined the captains for the pregame coin toss ... WCU won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff;

- Senior WR #89 Aaron Pridemore carried out the American flag while senior DE #94 John McBeth carried out the “All You Got” flag during pregame on Saturday;

- Prior to Saturday afternoon’s game, Western Carolina honored 20 members of its football team that were involved in their final home game at Whitmire Stadium / Waters Field: Karnorris Benson, Seth Curtis, Sertonuse Harris, Caleb Hawkins, Hunter Kirby, Jaleel Lorquet, Helva Matungulu, John McBeth, A.J. McKoy, Blake Metcalf, Troy Mitchell, Tyler Philpott, Aaron Pridemore, Darius Ramsey, London Richardson, Gary Richardson, Dylan Sluder, Jake Thornton, Damian Whitaker and Josh Wineberg.

- Miss Cherokee 2015 Taran Swimmer and other royalty were on hand for the pregame coin toss on Saturday as a part of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Day in Cullowhee.