North Carolina 65, Western Carolina 10
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
With the loss ...
- Western Carolina was relegated to back-to-back losses – and suffered losses in three of its last four games on the season to finish the year at 7-5;
- Despite the loss, it was WCU’s third, seven-win season over the past four seasons … All seven of WCU’s 2017 victories came against NCAA Division I competition;
- Extends Western Carolina’s winless drought against NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents, representing the 54th-consecutive loss (0-54) all-time;
- WCU dropped its first-ever meeting against North Carolina (0-1) and was the 29th-straight loss to a current member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
- Senior RB Detrez Newsome finished with 107 rushing yards in the loss at North Carolina, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season representing a school-record, third-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, the first Catamount to ever do so … Newsome posted his 16th career 100-yard rushing game, the second-most in program history … It was also his fourth, 100-yard rushing performance against FBS competition – 128 at Tennessee (2015); 115 at South Carolina (2016); 111 at Texas A&M (2015); and 107 at North Carolina (2017);
- Newsome finished with a seasonal total of 1,100 yards rushing this season, his second-best single-season – just nine yards shy of his personal season best … His 1,100 seasonal yards also marked the fifth-best individual single-season in school history;
- Newsome matched his single-game career-high with 26 rushes at North Carolina, matching his 26 carries at Furman earlier this season … Newsome finished with 620 career rushing attempts, fifth in school history;
- With 155 all-purpose yards on Saturday – 107 rushing, 48 receiving – Detrez Newsome eclipsed the 100 all-purpose yard mark in 22 of his last 23 games … He finished with a school-record 6,969 career all-purpose yards;
- Redshirt sophomore QB Tyrie Adams became just the second Catamount to finish a season with over 3,000 yards of total offense, posting the second-best single-season with 3,040 yards (746 yards rushing, 2,294 yards passing) … Adams finished just shy of Troy Mitchell’s school-record 3,096;
- With 2,294 seasonal passing yards, Tyrie Adams’ 2017 performance ranks 10th in WCU’s single-season record books … Adams already ranks eighth in school history in career passing yards with 4,862;
- With TD passes in all but one game this season, Adams surpassed his seasonal TD pass total from his 2016 SoCon Freshman of the Year campaign where he had of 15 TD passes … Adams finished with 22 scoring tosses in 2017, setting a WCU single-season record … Adams’ 37 career TD passes already rank him fourth in program history;
- Senior wide receiver Terryon Robinson recorded two catches for 33 yards at North Carolina … he finished his WCU career with a program-record 230 career catches for 2,839 career receiving yards, moving into fifth in WCU program history … On Saturday, he by-passed former Catamount standout Michael Banks (2,823 yards from 1999-2002) … His 62 seasonal catches tie him for seventh in WCU’s single-season record book, matching Michael Banks (2000), Kristy Kiser (1983), and Gerald Harp (1978);
- Robinson’s 10 seasonal touchdown receptions ranks him tied for 10th in WCU’s single-season ledgers, matching Gerald Harp’s 10 scores back in 1978;
- With two catches on Saturday, Robinson tallied at least one reception in 28-straight games dating back to 2015 (12 this year; 11 in 2016; 5 in 2014) … Robinson had catches in all but THREE career games he’s played (43) dating back to 2013 (injured and redshirted in 2015, DNP).
- Redshirt senior LB Daniel Riddle finished with six tackles on Saturday giving him 333 in his four-year career, finishing his collegiate career third in program history … Riddle moved past former Catamount Kenny Banks (331, 1990-94) on Saturday on the career total tackles chart … Riddle finished behind just Tom Bodine (453, 1991-94) and Ace Clark (340, 2011-14) on the school’s all-time tackles charts;
- Seeing his most extensive action of the year, redshirt freshman QB Ray Smith set career-highs with eight completions for 84 yards.
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday'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 ... Western Carolina won the coin toss and elected to receive … WCU received the kickoff to start the game;