Post-Game Notes

ETSU 45, Western Carolina 43 (3OT)

William B. Greene Stadium

Johnson City, Tenn. – Oct. 27, 2018

Att. – 7,121


With the Loss…

  • Western Carolina suffered its fifth-straight loss on the season, its longest such winless drought since dropping six-straight back in 2016;
  • WCU continues to lead the all-time series over ETSU by one game, 24-23-1, while trailing on the road in the series, 11-12-1 … the loss halted WCU’s two-game series win streak in games played in Johnson City, Tenn., against the Buccaneers that included wins in 2001 and 2003 prior to ETSU dropping its football program;
  • The Catamounts dropped to 3-5 overall on the season after a 3-0 start to the year which had been its best since 1976;
  • ETSU claims the trophy in the inaugural “Blue Ridge Border Battle” rivalry series;


Post-Game Notes

  • Western Carolina lost its second-straight game in which it went into overtime – both coming on the road and against nationally-ranked opponents … the Catamounts fell at No. 5 Wofford in 2017 in the previous game that went into extra frames … Saturday’s triple-overtime loss at ETSU marked the first time WCU had played multiple OTs since a double-overtime win over ETSU in Cullowhee back in 1998 … Saturday was also WCU’s first three-overtime game since a 1991 road loss at then No. 19 Marshall (L, 27-24) – when head coach Mark Speir was an assistant under head coach Steve Hodgin;
  • Western Carolina saw its ROAD losing skid against nationally-ranked NCAA Division I FCS opponents reach 45-straight with Saturday night’s loss, falling to 3-45-2 all-time since 1983 … WCU has not won a road game against a ranked opponent at its level since 1984 (20-19 over #12 Furman) … WCU is 12-80-3 all-time against nationally-ranked FCS opposition … the Catamounts also dropped to 0-4 all-time against teams ranked No. 25 nationally;
  • Redshirt junior QB Tyrie Adams became WCU’s all-time leader in touchdown passes on Saturday night, tossing four TDs to eclipse and by-pass former Catamount teammate, Troy Mitchell (50, 2012-15) … Adams now has the school-record with 53 career passing TDs … Adams matched Mitchell on a 12-yard pass to redshirt senior Tyran Reynolds late in the first quarter – which also represented the first career receiving TD for Reynolds … Adams’ record-breaking TD pass came on the highlight-reel, one-handed 29-yard grab by Daquan Patten early in the fourth quarter;
  • For Adams, Saturday marked the fifth time in Adams' career that he has thrown for over 200 while rushing for over 100 in a single-game game – and the second-time this season (at ETSU in 2018 – 229 yds passing, 168 yds rushing; at Mercer in 2018 – 360 yds passing, 185 yd rushing; 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);
  • With 16 passing TDs this season, Tyrie Adams moved into a tie for sixth in WCU’s single-season ledgers, matching Mike Pusey (16, 1979) and Don Dalton (16, 1969) … He also moved into 11th in the single-season record books with 2,392 seasonal yards of total offense;
  • Adams currently ranks second in school-history in pass attempts (856), pass completions (541), career passing yards (6,576), and total offense (8,358) – just the second player all-time to eclipse the 8,000-yard mark and trails Mitchell by just 1,039 yards of total offense;
  • Sophomore TE Owen Cosenke matched his career-high with two receiving touchdowns on Saturday – both coming in the overtime session … Currently with a team-high eight receiving TDs this season, Cosenke moved into a tie for eighth-place in WCU’s single-season record books for touchdown receptions, matching Michael Banks (2000) and Kerry Hayes (1992) … He ranks tied for sixth overall in the SoCon in touchdowns and is tied for first in receiving TDs … Cosenke finished with a career-high six receptions at ETSU;
  • WCU’s defense recorded three quarterback sacks against No. 25 ETSU on Saturday giving the unit 22 sacks on the season through eight games, surpassing the mark of 21 set last year in 12 games … WCU’s 22 sacks this year are its most since also recording 22 back in 2010;
  • Senior LB Mitchell Chancey was credited with 10 total tackles on Saturday, continuing his streak of double-digit tackle games to eight – each game the Catamounts have played this season … Chancey has a team-high 90 tackles on the season and continues to lead the SoCon with an 11.25 tackle per game average … Chancey is just 28 tackles shy of joining WCU’s top 10 single-season chart (118, Eric Johnson in 1998);
  • WCU’s Marvin Tillman came up with his eighth career interception on Saturday night … Tillman, who finished with a career-high 16 tackles including 11 solo stops, now has 270 career tackles, 44 shy of 10th-place in school history;
  • With two interceptions on Saturday – Marvin Tillman and Michael Murphy (second of the season for both players) – WCU has 10 interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the SoCon this year … Including 13 picks last season (the most by a Catamount defense since tallying 14 back in 2006), WCU has posted back-to-back years with double-digit INTs for the first time since doing so in 2005 and ‘06;
  • True freshman DB Ronald Kent Jr., came away with a career-high nine tackles including six solo stops, adding three pass break-ups to give him a team-high 12 on the season … Kent is the first Catamount to hit double-digit PBUs since former standout Trey Morgan had 10 back in 2016 – and just the third to have double-digits since 2002, matching former DB Ahmed Green (12, 2002);
  • Catamount punter Ian Berryman kicked four times on Saturday including a long of 55 yards – his fifth kick of 50+ yards this season … All four of Berryman’s punts on Saturday were downed inside the ETSU 20-yard line;
  • With his four punts on Saturday, Ian Berryman now has 199 career punts that ties him with former Catamount standout Ken Hinsley (1995-98) for sixth in the program’s record books;


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 WR #2 Nate Mullen carried the American flag and LB #38 Jarquavius Wortham carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field on Saturday in Johnson City … Wortham made his first start for WCU at linebacker, recording a career-high five tackles;
  • With Ian Berryman as the speaking captain on both tosses Saturday, WCU won the opening toss and elected to defer to the second half – ETSU received the opening kickoff … In overtime, WCU won the toss and chose to play defense first.