#8 Chattanooga 38, Western Carolina 25
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. - Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
With the Loss ...
- Western Carolina saw its current seasonal losing skid hit six-straight -- the longest for WCU since dropping 13-straight between 2012 and 2013 ... It is also WCU's 27th-straight loss to a FCS top 25 team;
- The Catamounts suffered their eighth-straight defeat overall -- and the fourth consecutive in Cullowhee in the series with Chattanooga ... The Mocs also extend their overall record against Western Carolina to 27-16;
- WCU saw its three-game Homecoming game win streak snapped.
- Western Carolina's offense put up a season-high 446 yards of total offense against Chattanooga, who entered the weekend with the top-ranked defense in the FCS ... the previous high was 389 yards of total offense by Samford back on Sept. 24 ... WCU is just the fourth team to breach the 300-yard mark against the Mocs stingy defense this season;
- Recovering a fumble and tallying the team's third interception of the season, WCU won the turnover battle for the first-time this season with a +2 margin -- two takeaways without any giveaways;
- Western Carolina junior running back Detrez Newsome rushed for a school-record 277 yards against Chattanooga, besting the previous mark of 251 set by Western Carolina Hall of Fame member, Brad Hoover, initially set against VMI in 1998 ... He also set the E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field record for rushing yards in a single-game, eclipsing the 262 by Marshall's Ron Darby back in 1988;
- Newsome's 277 rushing yards were the most ever allowed by a UTC defense to one individual player ... It was Newsome's eighth-career, 100+ yard rushing performance;
- Newsome also tied a program record for longest touchdown run when he erupted for a 95-yard scoring romp in the third quarter against Chattanooga ... Newsome matched the longest scoring rush of Brett Chappell, who also had a 95-yard TD run against Elon in 1995 ... the 95-yard TD run is the longest ever allowed by UTC, previous long was 92 yards by The Citadel's Nehemiah Broughton in 2004;
- As a part of Newsome's record-setting day, the Raeford, N.C., native also reeled off a 75-yard touchdown rush in the first quarter, tying the game at seven ... Prior to Saturday, the longest rush from scrimmage the Mocs had allowed this year was an 18-yard rush by Alex Lakes;
- Newsome currently has 2,346 career rushing yards, moving into sixth-place in program history for career rushing yards ... Newsome by-passed four players on the all-time list on Saturday including Leonard Williams (1979-83 -- 2,210 yards), Carlton Terry (1987-90 - 2,213 yards), Darius Fudge (2003-06 -- 2,274 yards), and David Lomax (1965-68, 2,289 yards);
- Newsome tallied two rushing touchdowns in Saturday's loss to UTC giving him 25 career scores on the ground in his Catamount career ... He advanced into a tie for sixth in program history, matching David Hackett (25, 1970-73) ... It was his seventh, two-rushing TD game of his career;
- Adding 64 yards on kickoff returns and two receptions for six yards out of the backfield, Newsome finished with a career-high 347 all-purpose yards in the loss to UTC ... Newsome entered the weekend ranked fourth in all-purpose yards per game, finishing the weekend with an average of 193.2 all-purpose yards per game ... Newsome's 347 all-purpose yards set yet another school record, surpassing the mark of 296 held by Otis Washington vs. Marshall in 1988 ... Newsome has recorded 100-or-more all-purpose yards in 11-straight games dating back to last season;
- Newsome's 277 rushing yards ranked tied for the eighth-best individual performance in SoCon history, matching VMI's Thomas Haskins (277, vs. The Citadel, 1996) ... Newsome's 347 all-purpose yards rank SECOND in SoCon history behind former Elon WR Michael Mayers -- who served one season as an assistant coach in Cullowhee in 2010 ... Mayers holds the SoCon's all-purpose yard record at 387 vs. Appalachian State in 2007;
- The 25 points scored against Chattanooga was the most scored by WCU since notching 31 points in the 34-31 loss to ETSU on Sept. 17 ... The 25 points is also the second-most points Chattanooga has allowed in a Southern Conference game this season, just behind the 31 scored by Mercer in their win over Mercer on Oct. 8;
- Redshirt senior WR Spearman Robinson ended his touchdown drought with a receiving score in the closing seconds of the game against Chattanooga, elevating over a UTC defender for the grab ... the score halted a string of three-straight games without a receiving TD ... Spearman moved into sole possession of eighth-place in program history with his 16th career touchdown reception ... He led the team with five catches for 53 yards;
- Junior linebacker Kendall White recorded his first career interception of the season grabbing the INT in the second quarter against Chattanooga ... White also led the team, credited with a career-high 10 tackles;
- Redshirt sophomore punter Ian Berryman punted five times for 246 yards including a long boot of 55 yards, averaging 49.2 yards per kick ... Berryman raised his seasonal punting average to 46.9.
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday afternoon's game were: senior DB #3 Fred Payne; junior RB #21 Detrez Newsome; redshirt junior linebacker #58 Daniel Riddle; and senior OL #62 Ethan James ... Redshirt junior DE #95 Daniel Nash carried the American Flag and redshirt-senior RB #8 Spearman Robinson carried the "All You Got" flag during Saturday's pregame ... Western Carolina won the coin toss and elected to receive;
- Alexis "Lexi" Ross of Clyde, N.C., was crowned the 2016 WCU Homecoming queen at halftime with Darius "D.J." Williams earning the title of Homecoming King ... WCU also recognized its four Homecoming Award recipients during halftime: Ms. Terry Welch, Distinguished Service Award; Dr. Richard Starnes, Academic Achievement Award; Captain Alan G. Parham, Professional Achievement Award; and Mr. Mitchell Hutchings, Young Alumnus Award.