Hawai'i 41, Western Carolina 18
Honolulu, Hi. -- Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017
With the Loss ...
- Western Carolina dropped its seventh-straight road game dating back to the 2016 season ... WCU has not won away from Cullowhee since at VMI (Nov. 21, 2015) to end the 2015 season;
- Western Carolina dropped its season-opening game for the second-straight season, falling to 15-27 all-time in season-openers as a NCAA Division I team ... the Catamounts have only won TWO of their last SIX season-opening games and fell to 4-26 on the road in season openers;
- It extended Western Carolina's current losing skid against teams from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to 53-straight (0-53).
- Western Carolina's defense opened the 2017 season with a quarterback sack, dropping Hawai'i QB Dru Brown for a 14-yard loss ... Two plays later, Marvin Tillman gave WCU its first takeaway of the year with an interception, the second career pick for Tillman, his first since his freshman season;
- Redshirt sophomore QB Tyrie Adams rushed a career-high 23 times for a career-best 107 yards;
- Redshirt senior WR Terryon Robinson led the Catamounts with nine-receptions including his 10th career receiving score on a 16-yard pitch-and-catch with Tyrie Adams ... Robinson has 177 career receptions to remain in fifth-place in program history, just six catches behind fourth-place Michael Banks (183, 1999-2002);
- Robinson surpassed the 2,000-yard career receiving threshold on Saturday night, currently with 2,014 career yards ... He is chasing 11th-place Wayne Tolleson (1974-77 -- 2,246 yards);
- Detrez Newsome finished with 125 all-purpose yards (27 rushing yds, 55 receiving yds, 43 kickoff return) ... Newsome has eclipsed the 100 all-purpose yard mark in 15-consecutive games ... His 125 all-purpose yards were his fewest since recording 116 in last year's season-opener at East Carolina;
- Redshirt junior punter Ian Berryman scored his first collegiate point on a successful PAT following Robinson's 16-yard receiving touchdown ... He later connected on his first collegiate field goal, splitting the uprights from 30 yards out ... Berryman also averaged 47 yards per punt on four kicks, downing two inside the Warriors' 20-yard line including one at the two-yard line;
- With WCU backed up at its own one-yard line, Corey Holloway uncorked a career-long 49-yard run to move the Catamounts to mid-field, though the drive stalled there ... Holloway scored his sixth career rushing touchdown in Saturday's season-opening loss, capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a two-yard plunge into the end zone ... Holloway rushed for a career single-game high 76 yards;
- Junior defensive back Marvin Tillman was credited with a game and career-best tying 12 tackles including nine solo stops ... Tillman also gave WCU its first takeaway of the season with his second career interception;
- Senior linebacker Kendall White tallied his second career interception in the road loss at Hawai'i;
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday evening's game were: senior RB #21 Detrez Newsome, redshirt senior LB #58 Daniel Riddle, redshirt senior OL #68 Tanner Poindexter, and redshirt junior punter #83 Ian Berryman ... Western Carolina won the coin toss and deferred to the second half; WCU kicked off to open the game;
- Western Carolina wore its special Hawai'i white adidas road jerseys that were adorned with a special purple & gold Hawaiian on the shoulders and yoke over purple pants with purple helmets and facemasks ... Hawai'i unveiled its new matte green helmet with the green, white, and black "H" logo on either side ... the Rainbow Warriors wore green jerseys with gray pants with a tribal pattern down the legs;
- Early during pregame warm-ups -- just after spectator gates opened at Aloha Stadium -- Western Carolina redshirt junior quarterback Wes Holcombe proposed to his girlfriend, Anna Kate Shaw -- and she accepted! Shaw is the daughter of former Catamount defensive back, Lee Shaw (1986-88), and the sister of former Catamount assistant coach, Jaybo Shaw, who played collegiately at both Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern, and former University of South Carolina and Cleveland Browns quarterback, Connor Shaw.