Sept. 11, 2016

Recap |  Final Stats |  Notes |   

Post-Game Quotes
Western Carolina 44, Gardner-Webb 14
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field

Western Carolina Head Coach Mark Speir:
Opening Statement
“Number one, I’m awful proud. You’re happy when you get a victory. It’s an awesome thing. You work so hard year-round and anytime we get a win around here we’re going to celebrate; we’re never going to lose that feeling of celebrating a win.”

“It was kind of a frustrating win for me because of the penalties. That was the only disappointing part of the game.”

“At the end of the day, I thought our players played hard. They did what they had to do, they defended home turf. We had a great crowd tonight. Our student body was unbelievable. The White Out, our fans with the Catamount Nation were unbelievable and just happy to get the victory.”

On the play of his team, both offense and defense:
“I thought our defense played outstanding. After the first two drives, they got settled in with what they were doing. The defense holds them out [of the end zone], pitches a shutout in the second half. And that’s what we’ve got to do to win ball games. And our offense was explosive.”

On where this win will lead the Catamounts:
“We’ve just got to keep working. The kicking game, missed field goal – we’ve got to get that corrected. There was way too much pressure on a blocked PAT. There’s a lot to work on as we get ready to try and get win No. 2 next week against East Tennessee State.”

Redshirt freshman QB Tyrie Adams
Thoughts on Saturday night’s victory:
“It was a great environment out here. We were able to do exactly what we wanted to do offensively. We won by 30 points, but we’re still not completely satisfied. Offensively, we’ve still got a few things to put together if we want to be a championship team. Overall, just excited for the win.”

On the play of the offense:
“I feel really good. I’ve got a lot of playmakers around me. I’m just making the throws, it’s my receivers that are getting open. Sometimes when people go to praise the quarterback, they forget about the offensive line; they forget about the receivers. So, shoutout to my offensive line for giving me time to sit back there; and to my receivers for being able to get open, to make the catch, and to make something happen.”

Redshirt senior WR Spearman Robinson
On the connection with QB Tyrie Adams:
“Tyrie and I worked on that fade ball all summer. We worked hard on it and were able to execute tonight. We tried it a couple of times last week at the ECU game. But that’s just working on something all week in practice; staying after practice and throwing it, just trying to get the chemistry and the timing down on it."

On his offensive production:
“Thirteen and 157 – of course, who wouldn’t want those numbers each and every week. But you’ve just got to go out and execute the game plan. Just do what you’re supposed to do, be in the right position to make plays, and I think we did that tonight.”

Senior DB Fred Payne
On the play of the defense:
“I think we played very well. We paid attention to the details. We had a few missed assignments, both mental busts and issues with eye controls that we had to clean up. [At halftime] we told ourselves to have a whole new half, start fresh and just bounce back and make it great tonight.”

On his individual performance:
“Coach gave me a role to just make plays. I told him that I could do it and he held me responsible for it. I told him that I could be a leader on this team that can help us to be in a position to make that next step and make this defense great.”

Gardner-Webb head coach Carroll McCray:
“We made mistakes in the first half but were able to overcome those and get back in the ball game. We sputtered some on offense to start the second half and they got hot. Their young quarterback is outstanding, and they did a very good job of mixing it up."

“There was a lack of execution in spots. That had some to do with us, but a lot to do with them. Tonight we had to overcome ourselves and also had to overcome a very talented Western Carolina team. I told those guys last week to take the time to remember what [the win] feels like. I told them tonight to make sure they remember how [this loss] feels, so we can go fight out guts out this week and move forward so it doesn’t happen again.”

“Coach Spier has been here long enough to build some depth and that showed tonight. As I said earlier in the week, those guys nearly won a SoCon title last season and will be in the thick of that race again this season. That’s a very good Western Carolina team and we knew that coming into the game tonight.”