Post-Game Notes

Furman 44, Western Carolina 38

Paladin Stadium

Greenville, S.C. – Sept. 29, 2018

Att. – 7,201


With the Loss…

  • Western Carolina saw its three-game winning streak to start the 2018 season snapped, handing the Catamounts their first loss of the year and first SoCon defeat;
  • Western Carolina dropped its third straight game in the all-time series with Furman – and  its 18th loss in the last 21 series meetings with the Paladins;
  • The Catamounts fell to 6-17-1 all-time in games played in Greenville, having lost in its last two visits to Paladin Stadium;

Post-Game Notes

  • Western Carolina scored a touchdown on its opening drive for the third-consecutive game as Owen Cosenke hauled in a one-handed TD grab over the middle to cap a four-play, 75-yard drive … the Catamounts have scored on each of their opening possessions this season with a Will Horton 29-yard field goal in the season-opener against Newberry being the only score not a TD on the opening drive;
  • The Catamounts scored for just the second time on their first possession of the second half – but both scores have been touchdowns and have come in consecutive weeks, both in Southern Conference play … Daquan Patten hauled in a 43-yard TD pass from Tyrie Adams for the first score of the second half on Saturday; 
  • Furman scored touchdowns on its first four drives of the first half and came away with points on five of six drives before halftime;
  • Western Carolina has trailed at halftime in both of its Southern Conference games thus far … VMI led Western Carolina 24-21 at halftime on Sept. 22;
  • Western Carolina’s offense finished with a season-high 577 total yards on Saturday … Of those 577 yards, a season-best 446 yards came through the air while being limited to a season-low, 131 yards rushing … WCU has recorded 475-or-more yards of total offense in each of its four games this season, surpassing the 500-yard mark in back-to-back weeks in league play (553 vs. VMI);
  • WCU redshirt junior QB Tyrie Adams moved into third-place in school history in career passing yards in Saturday’s road loss at Furman with 5,885 career yards through the air … Adams by-passed former QBs Jeff Gilbert (5,508 yards – 1981-84) and Lonnie Galloway (5,545 yards – 1990-93) and now trails just Mike Pusey (6,160 yards – 1977-79) and Troy Mitchell (7,354 yards – 2012-15) in the school ledgers … Adams just missed his single-game career-high with 424 passing yards at Furman (career-high is 427 vs. Gardner-Webb back in 2016);
  • Adams’ completion for eight yards to Jordan Mathis on the third Catamount offensive series gave Adams his 458th career completion, moving him into second all-time in career pass completions, by-passing Jeff Gilbert (463, 1981-84) … Finishing the game with 482 career completions, Adams trails just Troy Mitchell (655, 2012-15) who holds the school record;
  • All told, Adams has 482 completions (2nd) on 766 attempts (5th) for 5,885 career yards (3rd) and 47 passing touchdowns (2nd);
  • For his third career milestone of the afternoon, Adams moved into second all-time as he completed his 43 career passing touchdown to Daquan Patton, a 43-yard strike that made the score 31-17 in favor of the Paladins at the 11:06 mark of the third quarter.
  • Tyrie Adams was sacked a season-high four times on Saturday afternoon by the Furman defense … Conversely, for the first-time this season, WCU’s defense was held without a quarterback sack, breaking a string of three-straight games of registering 5-or-more sacks … WCU was also limited to a season-low 3.0 tackles for loss;
  • WCU had two receivers hit the 100-yard mark on Saturday including a career day for redshirt sophomore Daquan Patten who matched his career-best with six receptions for a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns … Patten was joined at the century mark by redshirt senior Jordan Mathis who caught five passes for 100 yards including a career-long reception of 58 yards … For Mathis, it was his second career, 100-yard receiving day – and the first since going for 117 yards against Gardner-Webb back in 2017;
  • WCU’s two, 100-yard receivers (Patten & Mathis) were its first since Terryon Robinson (3 for 144 yards) and Steffon Hill (4 for 102 yards) both eclipsed the century mark in last year’s home-opener against Davidson (9/9/2017) … Patten’s career-high 159 receiving yards was the most by a Catamount since Terryon Robinson caught nine passes for 119 yards against Mercer on Nov. 11, 2017;
  • Tight end Owen Cosenke went 2-for-2 on Saturday – two receptions, both going for touchdowns … It was the first multiple score game of his collegiate career … Sophomore WR Kenny Benton caught his first collegiate pass on a 28-yard, first quarter catch-and-run … Redshirt junior WR Nate Mullen matched his career-best with a team-high eight receptions at Furman;
  • Senior LB Mitchell Chancey recorded double-digit tackles for the fourth-time this season, having done so in each game to start the 2018 season … Chancey finished with 10 tackles including six solo stops to lead the Catamount defense;
  • Ty Harris’ interception was the first of his career and fourth for the Catamounts this season … It set-up a WCU scoring drive on the opening possession of the second half … Coming on special teams, WR Kenny Benton forced and recovered the first fumble for the WCU defensive units for the second of two takeaways for WCU on Saturday at Furman;
  • Jaquez Williams blocked the PAT attempt of the year on Furman’s final touchdown drive … It was the second blocked PAT for WCU’s special teams this year – Kalen Allen swatted a try in the season-opening win over Newberry;
  • After not having a fumble in the first three games, Western Carolina had four fumbles on Saturday, two of which were lost.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • WCU’s game captains on Saturday were its season team captains: senior RB #7 Corey Holloway, senior DB #29 Marvin Tillman, senior OL #63 Zach Weeks, and senior P #83 Ian Berryman;
  • Western Carolina OL #72 Andrew Miles carried the American flag and DB #30 Michael Murphy carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field on Saturday;
  • Furman won the opening toss and elected to defer to the second half … WCU received the opening kickoff.