Post-Game Notes: Western Carolina vs. Chattanooga
October 14, 2018
Chattanooga 26, Western Carolina 6
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. – Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
With the loss …
- Western Carolina suffered its third-straight defeat on the season and the fifth consecutive home loss to Chattanooga in the all-time series;
- WCU is 3-3 after its first six games of 2018 following a 3-0 start to the year, which was the best for the Catamounts since 1976;
- Since 2000, Western Carolina is 7-12 in games played on Hall of Fame Day.
- Western Carolina entered Saturday’s contest as the top-scoring offense in the Southern Conference, averaging 35.8 points per game … the Catamounts were held to just six points against Chattanooga coming on just 238 total yards of offense including 156 passing yards and 82 rushing yards – all representing season lows … All told, the Mocs have only allowed four opponents to score 20 or more points this year;
- UTC sacked WCU QB Tyrie Adams in the endzone for a safety, the first against WCU since The Citadel blocked a punt that ricocheted through the endzone for two points last November;
- WCU’s six points were the fewest since being limited to the same six points in the Homecoming loss to Furman in 2017, scoring just a Corey Holloway touchdown but failing on a two-point conversion … the Catamounts’ high-powered offense was held without a touchdown for just the fifth-time under offensive coordinator Brad Glenn – shutout at Alabama in 2012; 3 points on a FG at both Virginia Tech and Auburn in 2013; shutout vs. Chattanooga in 2014; 6 points on two FGs vs. Chattanooga in 2018;
- The Catamounts finished Saturday’s game with a season-low nine pass completions … it was the fewest pass completions for WCU since finishing 7-for-18 at South Carolina in the 2016 season finale … the nine completed passes were tied for the sixth-fewest under the current coaching staff since 2012 (4 at Virginia Tech in 2013; 6 at Auburn in 2013; 7 at South Carolina in 2016; 8 at Georgia Southern in 2012; 8 at Alabama in 2012; 9 at The Citadel in 2012; 9 vs. Chattanooga in 2018);
- WCU sophomore PK Will Horton connected on a career-long 47-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the first half … the Acworth, Ga. native’s previous long field goal was against Newberry earlier this year from 42 yards out … Horton added a 39-yard field goal with 11:50 remaining in the game … the two made field goals tied a career-high for FGs made and FGs attempts for Horton, matching the mark set against Newberry;
- Redshirt senior punter Ian Berryman’s punt to end the first quarter went for 50 yards was downed at UTC 1-yard line – it was his 53rd career punt of 50+ yards … Berryman had another punt downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line in the third quarter to give him 10 such punts this season – and 76 in his WCU career … Berryman has moved into 7th in program history with 193 career punts;
- WCU’s defense collected one sack in Saturday’s loss giving the squad 19 total sacks through six games this year … WCU finished with 21 total sacks in 12 games last season … Sophomore Ricky Palao – playing in just his second game of the 2018 season – recorded his first career sack as he dropped UTC QB Nick Tiano for a two-yard loss in the second quarter;
- Sophomore linebacker Ty Harris led the Catamounts in tackles for the first time in a game this season with 11 … It was his second, double-digit tackle output of the season … Harris entered the contest ranked third in the Southern Conference with nine tackles per game … Senior Mitchell Chancey ran his streak of consecutive games with double-figure tackles to six-straight, recording 10 tackles in the loss while Marvin Tillman posted his seventh career, double-digit tackle outing also with 10 stops;
- Saturday marked the second-straight week the Catamounts failed to score in the first quarter – that on the heels of scoring on its first possession in each of its first four games including a field goal and three touchdowns … On Saturday, WCU had just two first downs and 21 total yards in the opening 15 minutes of play;
- For the second week in a row, WCU’s opening drive started with a fumble – in fact, there were two fumbles in this week’s drive … redshirt junior QB Tyrie Adams fumbled and the ball was recovered by Chattanooga’s Isaiah Mack who returned it 21 yards to the WCU 5-yard line before WCU OL Zach Weeks forced the second fumble which was recovered by WCU’s Connell Young.
- WCU’s team captains for Saturday’s evening’s game were: senior RB #7 Corey Holloway; senior DB #29 Marvin Tillman; senior OL #63 Zach Weeks; and senior P #83 Ian Berryman;
- Chattanooga won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff to start the game;
- Junior DB #19 Devarius Cortner carried out the American flag and junior RB #5 Connell Young carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field Saturday;
- One of the top football teams in school history headlines the trio of inductees in the 2018 Western Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame class recognized on Saturday afternoon … the 1969 Catamount football team was flanked by fellow former football student-athletes Keith Elliott (football, 1965-68) and this year’s honorary award recipient, longtime coaching veteran, Joe D’Alessandris (football, 1972-76) as WCU enshrined theHall’s 29th class.