Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina opens a two-game homestand this weekend as the Catamounts return to the friendly confines of E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field this Saturday, Nov. 3 for the annual Homecoming game against The Citadel Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN+ (subscription required).
Tickets for Saturday's Homecoming game are available in advance through the Athletics ticket office located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center; by calling (800) 34-GOWCU; or online with the option to print from home through CatamountSports.com.
Both Western Carolina and The Citadel look to get back into the win column in a late-season Southern Conference match-up that features two different offensive schemes. Behind junior QB Jordan Black, the Bulldogs bring their daunted double-slot, triple-option attack to Cullowhee while the Catamounts counter with an option attack of their own – a spread option attack that has posted video game-like numbers at times this season. Led by three-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Week, QB Tyrie Adams, WCU's offense ranks third in the league in scoring (34.2 ppg) and second in total offensive production (486.5), has eclipsed 400 yards of total offense in seven of the eight games this season.
The Catamounts hope their high-scoring offense can 1-up the ball-control offense of the Bulldogs, which ranks second in the league in both rushing offense (264.4 yds/gm) and time of possession, hanging onto the football for an average of 31:55 per game.
Western Carolina trails The Citadel in the all-time series, 17-24-1 – but has a chance to even the all-time series in games played in Cullowhee with a win on Saturday, entering the game 10-11 overall at home. WCU also looks to halt a five-game seasonal slide with what would be its first consecutive victories over the Bulldogs since winning back-to-back meetings in 2009 and 2010. WCU forced five turnovers in last year's 31-19 road win over the Bulldogs in Charleston, S.C.
Catamount head coach Mark Speir looks back at last weekend's near-miss against the nationally-ranked ETSU Buccaneers in the “Blue Ridge Border Battle,” before turning his attention to this week's game against The Citadel in the Homecoming edition of “Catamount Football Weekly.”
In addition to the ESPN+ (subscription required) stream, Saturday's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network beginning at 2:30 pm with the Pepsi Tailgate Show.
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