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Post-Game Notes

#14/15 Wofford 38, Western Carolina 23

E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field

Cullowhee, N.C.  

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Att: 10, 169

 

With the Loss …

- Represents WCU’s seventh-straight defeat on the season, the longest losing slide since losing 10 straight dating back to 2012 – head coach Mark Speir’s first season;

- WCU is now 3-7 overall after a 3-0 start to the year which had been the best start since 1976;

- Falls to 14-27 all-time against Wofford in the head-to-head series, and drops a game below .500 in games played in Cullowhee, 10-11;

- WCU lost its third-straight game against a nationally-ranked FCS opponent since last winning over Samford last year in Cullowhee;

- The Catamounts finish their conference season at 1-7, matching the record from 2016 season.

Post-Game Notes:

- Western Carolina’s offense recorded 414 yards of total offense against the stout Wofford defense on Saturday – just the second-most offensive yards allowed by the Terriers this season … It was the eighth-time this year the Catamount offense has finished with 400+ yards of total offense in its 10 games;

- Redshirt junior Tyrie Adams tallied a combined 396 yards in Saturday’s game giving him 3,029 yards of total offense this season … It is just the THIRD time in school history that an offensive player has amassed over 3,000 yards of total offense in a season … Adams is just the second Catamount player to do so – and the first with more than one, 3,000+ yard seasons trailing his 2017 mark of 3,040 yards and school single-season record holder Troy Mitchell (3,096 yds) back in 2014;

- Adams tallied his fifth, 100-yard rushing game this season, finishing with 167 yards and a score on the ground … With his performance, Adams takes over as the top rusher in the SoCon this season, averaging 90.2 yards per game;

- Adams posted his sixth, 200+ yard passing performance of the year with 229 yards through the air against Wofford … However, for the second-consecutive week – and for the fifth time this season – he was held without a passing touchdown;

- Adams now has 8,995 yards of total offense in his career and is just 402 yards from snapping the school record for total offense in a career held by Troy Mitchell (9,397 yds, 2012-15);

- For a fourth-straight week, Western Carolina recorded two rushing touchdowns on Saturday … the Catamounts have now recorded at least one rushing touchdown in all but two games this season with multiple scores in seven of the meetings;

- Redshirt senior WR Jordan Mathis posted 100+ receiving yards, his third career 100-yard receiving game … With 115 receiving yards on a career-best seven catches, Mathis just missed his career-high of 117 set against Gardner-Webb back in 2016 (117 yds);

- Sophomore PK Will Horton connected on a career-best three field goals in Saturday’s home loss to Wofford, splitting the uprights from 43, 36, and 21 yards, respectively … Horton is 4-for-6 on field goals between 40-49 yards … Horton missed his first career attempt from 50+ on Saturday;

- With 73 points this season, Horton is just FIVE points shy of a 10th-place tie between four former Catamounts in the school ledgers … Including 13 successful field goals this season, Horton now has 15 made field goals in his career, 11th in school history – supplanting former kicker Van Stayton (14, 1961-64) … Ironically enough, a longtime Catamount Club supporter, Stayton was honored as the Donor of the Game on Saturday;

- Senior LB Mitchell Chancey continued his torrid pace, finishing with 12 tackles to give him 120 stops this season while extending his streak of double-digit tackle games to 10-straight – every game this season … Chancey moved into a tie for ninth in program history with his 120 tackles, moving into a tie for ninth in the school ledgers, matching Toussaint Kennedy (120, 1988);

- Chancey continues to lead the Southern Conference with a 12.0 tackle per game average this season;                                                               

- Spartanburg, S.C., native Michael Murphy tied his career-high with 16 tackles against Wofford … He also had a dozen tackles at Samford … Murphy also set a season-high with two tackles for loss against the Terriers;

Miscellaneous Notes:

- WCU’s team captains for Saturday’s evening’s game were: senior RB #7 Corey Holloway … redshirt senior DB #29 Marvin Tillman … redshirt senior OL #63 Zach Weeks … and redshirt senior P #83 Ian Berryman;

- LB #55 Andrew Birkmire – who walked with the WCU seniors for his final game in Cullowhee – carried out the American flag and redshirt senior OL #72 Andrew Miles carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field Saturday;

-  Western Caolina won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff on Saturday;

- A combined 18 Catamount football players, four cheerleaders (Landyn James, Lexi Martin, Caroline Weeks, and Bailey Wright), and one member of the WCU Dance Team (Hailee McCraw) were honored during a pregame ceremony prior to their final home game in Cullowhee … WCU’s football players included: RB #7 Corey Holloway … WR #11 Jordan Mathis … DB #18 Bryce Wilson … LB #25 Jacquez Williams … DB #28 Terrance Wilson … DB #29 Marvin Tillman … LB #48 Mitchell Chancey … LB #55 Andrew Birkmire … OL #63 Zach Weeks … OL #65 Kaleb Spry … OL #69 Chase Stehling … OL #72 Andrew Miles … OL #75 Nathan Dalton … P #83 Ian Berryman … WR #86 Tyran Reynolds … WR #88 Brad Swan … DL #90 Solomon Clark

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