Post-Game Notes

Mercer 59, Western Carolina 46

Five Star Stadium

Macon, Ga. – Oct. 20, 2018

Att. – 8,230


With the Loss…

  • Western Carolina suffered its third-straight defeat in the all-time series against the Mercer Bears, dropping to 2-3 including a 1-2 record in Macon, Ga.;
  • WCU was relegated to its fourth-straight loss on the season, its longest such winless drought since dropping six-straight back in 2016;

Post-Game Notes

  • The combined 105 points between Western Carolina and Mercer on Saturday was a Five Star Stadium record;
  • Western Carolina’s offense put up a near school record on Saturday, finishing the game with 710 yards of total offense – just one yard shy of the school benchmark set by the Hall of Fame 1969 Catamount football team (711 yds vs. Emory & Henry) … WCU’s offense has put up 400+ yards of total offense in six of the seven games this season, thrice eclipsing the 500-yard plateau including Saturday’s explosion … the 710 yards of total offense by WCU marks the third team to go over 700 yards in a game this season – the third-most this year behind a pair of Samford outputs (773 yds (289r, 484p) vs VMI (Oct 13, 2018) and 736 yds (174r, 562p) Samford vs Western Carolina (Oct 06, 2018);
  • It was the second-straight season that WCU’s offense went over the 500-yard total offense mark against Mercer but did not come away with a victory … In 2017, WCU amassed 507 yards of total offense in the 35-33 home loss to the Bears;
  • WCU’s 95 offensive plays on Saturday were a season-high – and the fourth-most by a SoCon team this season (VMI – 109 vs. WCU; VMI – 101 vs. Mercer; 97 – Samford vs. WCU) … the 95 plays run by the WCU offense were its most since running 96 in the 2014 season-opener at USF in Tampa, Fla. – and four off the school-record of 99 run against Marshall back in 1991;
  • WCU’s offense tallied a season-high – and school-record – 35 first downs, supplanting the previous benchmark of 34 set in the home win over Gardner-Webb in 2016;
  • Redshirt junior QB Tyrie Adams broke his own individual school record with 545 yards of total offense in Saturday’s road loss including 360 yards passing and a personal career-high 185 yards rushing … the previous record for total yards in a single game was 510 yards set by Adams vs. Gardner-Webb back in 2016;
  • Adams’ 545 yards of total offense are the second-most in Southern Conference this season behind Devlin Hodges’ SoCon-record 586 yards set earlier this year against WCU – and are the third-most by an individual in league history trailing only Hodges and Chattanooga’s Cedric Stevens who amassed 570 yards against Appalachian State (Oct. 30, 2004);

  • Tyrie Adams eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the second-time this season – and for the seventh time in his Catamount career … In doing so on Saturday, he by-passed former standout QB Mike Pusey (6,160 yards, 1977-79) into second-place on the school’s passing charts now with 6,347 career passing yards over his first three seasons … Adams is now just 1,007 yards shy of all-time passing yardage leader – his former mentor, Troy Mitchell (7,354 yards, 2012-15) … Adams has 521 career completions, 134 shy of Mitchell (655) for the individual school record;
  • For Adams, Saturday was just the fourth time in Adams' career that he has thrown for over 200 while rushing for over 100 in a single-game game (vs. VMI in 2018 - 229 yds passing, 117 yds rushing; at Hawai'i in 2017 - 270 yds passing, 107 yds rushing; vs. Samford in 2017 - 312 passing, 152 rushing) … it was just the second time in his career that he has thrown for over 300 yards while also rushing for over 100 in a game (vs. Samford in 2017 – 312 yds passing, 152 yds rushing);
  • Adams accounted for four touchdowns on Saturday afternoon including two rushing and tossed a pair of touchdown passes … Already in second place in school history in career TD passes, Adams moved to within one score of tying Troy Mitchell (50, 2012-15) with 49 career touchdown passes as a Catamount;
  • WCU nearly had three receivers eclipse the century receiving yard mark on Saturday … RB Connell Young led the way with 102 receiving yards coming on six catches including a touchdown, while Jordan Mathis also had six receptions for 95 yards and a score … Junior transfer Nate Mullen hauled in a game, team, and career-high 10 passes for 90 yards, scoring on a late TD pass from Will Jones on the game’s final play … Kenny Benton finished with a career-best 43 receiving yards;
  • The Catamounts committed two turnovers – an interception on a deflected pass and a fumble at the goal line … Mercer converted one of the takeaways into points;
  • Redshirt senior punter Ian Berryman became the fourth different Catamount to toss a touchdown pass this season, converting a second quarter fake field goal into a five-yard TD pass to Owen Cosenke … Berryman joins the two obvious candidates in QBs Tyrie Adams and Will Jones, with redshirt senior WR Jordan Mathis representing the fourth Catamount to have a TD pass this season;
  • Cosenke maintained his strong reception-to-touchdown ratio on Saturday, credited with two catches and the TD pass from Berryman … On the season, the tight end from Aldie, Va., has 13 receptions with a team-high six TD catches;
  • Senior LB Mitchell Chancey recorded a team-high 11 tackles on Saturday, continuing his streak of double-digit tackle efforts this year … Chancey has reached double-figures in total tackles in seven-straight games, each game WCU has played this season;
  • WCU’s defense was limited to a season-low of just one official tackle for loss on Saturday after entering the game with an average of 7.3 per game this season … For just the second time this season, the Catamounts were held without a quarterback sack;

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 DB #18 Bryce Wilson carried the American flag and QB #12 Tyrie Adams carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field on Saturday in Macon;
  • Mercer won the opening toss and elected to defer to the second half … WCU received the opening kickoff.