Western Carolina 38, No. 17 Samford 34
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, NC -- Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
With the win ...
- WCU extended its current seasonal series winning streak to three-straight … Also, it was WCU’s third-straight home victory dating back to 2016;
- It snapped Western Carolina’s 27-game winless drought against nationally-ranked FCS opponents … It is WCU’s first win over a ranked foe since 2006 (#19 Eastern Kentucky, 20-17) … the win also halted a 14-game skid against nationally-ranked FCS foes in Cullowhee, collecting its first win over a ranked team at home since 2005 (#2 Furman, 41-21);
- Represented consecutive home wins for WCU in the series against Samford after claiming its first-ever home win over the Bulldogs in Cullowhee in the 2015 meeting.
- Western Carolina QB Tyrie Adams threw his 10th touchdown pass on the young season in the contest along with his first rushing touchdown of the year … the second-year starter completed 19 of 31 passes with a total of 312 yards through the air with one interception ... Adams completed his first five passes before an incompletion;
- A dual-threat quarterback, Adams rushed for a career-high 152 yards;
- Redshirt senior wide receiver Terryon Robinson had eight catches for 124 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown reception ... Robinson moved into the top 10 in receiving yards for WCU with 2,384 … He is now 12th on the list;
- Robinson’s eight receptions gives the senior 193 for his career to move into a tie for second-place in program history, matching Eric Rasheed (193, 1981-84) … Robinson by-passed former Catamount Lamont Seward (190, 2000-03) … Robinson is now just four career receptions shy of matching all-time program leader, Gerald Harp (197, 1977-80);
- Redshirt senior receiver Steffon Hill recorded his fourth career 100-yard receiving performance as he hauled in five passes for 104 yards through the air;
- Senior RB Detrez Newsome extended his streak to 18-consecutive games with 100-or-more all-purpose yards … the Raeford, N.C., native rushed for 96 yards with 98 yards on kickoff returns and an additional 21 on a pass play;
- With two rushing scores, Newsome moved into a tie for second-place in school history with 35 career rushing TDs, matching Darrell Lipford (35, 1974-77) … Newsome remained third in program history for rushing yardage, finishing the week with 3,185 yards – 431 yards behind second-place Brad Hoover (3,616 from 1996-99);
- Redshirt junior running back Corey Holloway scored his eighth career touchdown in the first quarter on a five-yard run;
- WCU kicker Will Horton connected on a 40-yard field goal to start the scoring at 11:32 of the first quarter to give the Catamounts a 3-0 lead … It was the freshman’s first career field goal as a Catamount … Horton remained perfect on PATs, connecting on five on Saturday;
- Redshirt junior punter Ian Berryman had a long punt of 54 yards for the second straight week … the punt in the second quarter was downed at the Samford 3-yard line ... Berryman averaged 45.4 yards on seven punts;
- WCU junior safety Marvin Tillman led the Catamounts with 14 tackles ... It is the fourth game of his career with double-digit tackles.
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday's game were: senior RB #21 Detrez Newsome, redshirt senior LB #58 Daniel Riddle, redshirt senior OL #68 Tanner Poindexter, #35 Keion Crossen, senior DB, and redshirt junior punter #83 Ian Berryman ... Samford won the coin toss and deferred to the second half; … WCU received the kickoff to start the gamel
- Lightning delayed Saturday’s game for just over 30 minutes, beginning at 6:36 p.m. … Teams returned to the field around 7:03 pm with action resuming around 7:13 pm;
- The attendance of 12,018 is the largest home crowd of the season, and largest crowd since 13,323 fans attended a game against The Citadel at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field;
- Sylva’s own “Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith” band, best known for being semi-finalists on “America’s Got Talent”, along with the “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band performed the National Anthem prior to kickoff. The Jackson County band also tossed the coin for the opening coin toss.