Furman 28, No. 20/18 Western Carolina 6
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. – Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
With the Loss ...
- Ended Western Carolina’s four-game home winning streak that dated back to the home finale last fall … It had been the longest home win streak for WCU since winning seven-in-a-row at home from the end of 2014 through a 5-0 home stretch in 2015, plus the first home game of 2016;
- Represents WCU’s second-consecutive loss in the all-time series with Furman while also marking a second-straight Homecoming game loss, dropping WCU to 1-3 vs. Furman on Homecoming all-time;
- WCU fell to 20-23-1 in Homecoming games since moving into Whitmire Stadium in 1974.
- Amidst heavy rains, the two top Southern Conference offenses combine for just seven points in the first half with a 7-0 Furman advantage … WCU entered the game leading the SoCon averaging 38.6 points per game while Furman was second at 35.2 ppg ... Saturday marked the first time WCU failed to score in the first half this season and was limited to a season-low six points;
- Western Carolina’s offense was limited to 348 yards of total offense – 241 rushing and 107 passing … It was the second-lowest output of the year for WCU (327 vs. ETSU) … the Catamounts averaged a season-low, 4.3 yards per play on Saturday … It is the third-straight week that the Catamount offense has averaged fewer than five-yards per play, a mark it hit each of the first six games of the 2017 season;
- The Catamounts finished a season-low 3-for-14 (21.4%) on third-down in Saturday’s loss … WCU also went for it on fourth down three times on Saturday, more than it had all-season – the Catamounts finished 1-for-3, slipping to 2-for-5 (40%) on the year;
- Making his return to the lineup, WCU senior running back Detrez Newsome eclipsed the 100-yard mark with 110 yards … It is the third time Newsome has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game this season (288 vs. Davidson and 146 vs. Gardner-Webb) … Newsome did so on a season-high carries, finishing with 26 touches;
- After Saturday’s game, Newsome currently has 551 career rushing attempts to move him into sixth-place in program history … He leapt over former Catamounts Kevin Thigpen (529, 1990-93) and Leonard Williams (532, 1979-83) and trails fifth-place Carlton Terry (579, 1987-90) by 28 attempts … Newsome also as 3,364 career rushing yards to remain third in school history;
- Newsome has 736 rushing yards this season, just 264 shy of his third, 1,000-yard rushing season;
- Junior RB Corey Holloway scored his seventh rushing TD of the season to tie Newsome for the team lead on the year;
- Seeing his most extensive action on the year after the injury to Tyrie Adams, redshirt junior QB Ray Smith completed a career-high seven passes on 15 attempts for a career-high 71 passing yards;
- Junior Marvin Tillman’s third quarter interception was his third of the year, matching him for the team-high with Shamon Elliott … WCU has 10 interceptions through eight games this year after collecting just six all of last season;
- Junior defensive end Nate Link caused and recovered a fourth-quarter fumble in the fourth quarter … He finished with a career-high eight tackles including a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss;
- Junior All-American punter Ian Berryman tied his season long with a 62-yard punt;
- WCU QB Tyrie Adams had a streak of tossing at least one TD pass in game this season come to an end … Adams had thrown a touchdown in each of the Catamounts first eight games this season ... Adams, who left the game in the second quarter due to injury, has already matched his total in touchdown passes from his freshman season this year with 15;
- The Catamounts were penalized a season-high 10 times in Saturday’s loss, though the 75 yards were the fourth-most.
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday afternoon's game were: senior RB #21 Detrez Newsome, senior DB #35 Keion Crossen, redshirt senior LB #58 Daniel Riddle, redshirt senior OL #68 Tanner Poindexter, and junior P #83 Ian Berryman ... Furman won the coin toss and elected to defer;
- Wounded veteran Jamie Ashe carried the American flag to lead WCU on the field … Jamie’s daughter is a current WCU student … Senior linebacker Tahjai Watt carried the “All You Got” flag to lead the team on the field.