Post-Game Notes

North Carolina 49, Western Carolina 26

Kenan Memorial Stadium

Chapel Hill, N.C.  

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

Att: 41,151


With the Loss …

- Represents WCU’s eighth-straight defeat on the season, the longest losing slide since losing 10 straight dating back to 2012 – head coach Mark Speir’s first season … the eight-straight losses came on the heels of a 3-0 start to the year;

- The Catamounts finish the 2018 season with an overall record of 3-8;

- WCU suffered its second-consecutive loss to North Carolina in the only two series meetings all-time between the two UNC system schools … WCU dropped to 0-55 all-time against NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) including a 0-30 record against ACC teams.

Post-Game Notes:

- Western Carolina finished with 433 yards of total offense in the road loss at North Carolina including 300 yards passing and 133 yards on the ground … It was the ninth-time this season that WCU had surpassed the 400-yard plateau;

- Entering the halftime locker room at minus-1 rushing yards, Adams rushed for 105 yards in the second half – 104 for the game – in tallying his Southern Conference-leading sixth, 100-yard rushing game this season … With his performance, Adams finished the regular season as the top rusher in the SoCon this season, averaging 91.5 yards per game … In eclipsing the century mark, Adams gave WCU its fourth-straight, 1,000-yard rusher joining former tailback Detrez Newsome who accomplished the feat three-straight years (2015, 2016, 2017);

- Tyrie Adams became just the 10th player in NCAA FCS football history to surpass both 2,000 yards passing (2,417 yds) and 1,000-yard rushing (1,006 yds) in the same season … He is the fourth player to accomplish the feat out of the Southern Conference, joining Chattanooga’s Jacob Huesman (2014) and Appalachian State’s DeAndre Presley (2010) and Armanti Edwards (2006) … Three of the 10 – Presley, Edwards, and now Adams – all had one common threat in WCU offensive coordinator, Brad Glenn;

- Adams finished the North Carolina game with two rushing TDs giving him a career-high 10 rushing scores on the year … Adams finished tied for 11th in WCU’s single-season record book matching Detrez Newsome (2016) and David Mayfield (1986) with the 10 scores on the ground;

- Adams posted his seventh, 200+ yard passing performance of the year with 290 yards through the air against North Carolina… However, for the third-consecutive week – and for the sixth time this season – he was held without a passing touchdown … Adams finished with 2,417 yards passing on Saturday, the sixth-best single-season in program history;

- Adams continues to rank second in school history in career passing, amassing 7,279 career passing yards – he trails former WCU QB Troy Mitchell (7,354, 2012-15) by just 75 yards;

- Adams now has 9,389 yards of total offense in his career and is just EIGHT yards from breaking the school record for total offense in a career held by former QB Troy Mitchell (9,397 yds, 2012-15);

- For a fifth-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 eight of the outings;

- Redshirt sophomore RB Donnavan Spencer posted a career-high 106 receiving yards, his first career 100-yard receiving game … Spencer eclipsed the century mark on just three receptions including a game-long 64-yard reception;

- Redshirt punter Ian Berryman punted three times on Saturday at North Carolina, finishing his WCU career with 206 career kicks – tied for fourth in program history, matching former punter Anthony Bare (206, 1986-89) and moving past former punter Kenny Pauley (205, 1990-93);

- Berryman also became WCU’s all-time career leader in punting average, amassing 9,021 yards on 206 career kicks for an average of 43.8 yards per kick … Berryman usurped former all-time career leader, Ken Hinsley (42.8 yds/punt, 1995-98);

- Sophomore PK Will Horton connected on a career-best four field goals in Saturday’s road loss to North Carolina, splitting the uprights from 43, 45, 33, and 26 yards, respectively … Horton is 6-for-8 on field goals between 40-49 yards, finishing the season;

- Horton finished the season with a team-best 87 points this season, finishing sixth in WCU’s individual single-season record books – and third in the SoCon in scoring during the regular season … Including 17 successful field goals this season, Horton now has 19 made field goals in his career, 10th in school history;

- Senior LB Mitchell Chancey finished with 14 tackles in Saturday, completing the season having reached double-digit tackles in every game of 2018 – 11-straight games … Chancey finished with 135 tackles on the season, the fourth-best individual single-season in program history …

- Chancey led the Southern Conference through the conclusion of the regular season with a 12.3 tackle per game average this season;


Miscellaneous Notes:

- WCU’s team captains for Saturday’s evening’s game were the same four seasonal captains: senior RB #7 Corey Holloway (not dressed) … redshirt senior DB #29 Marvin Tillman … redshirt senior OL #63 Zach Weeks … and redshirt senior P #83 Ian Berryman;

- North Carolina transfer #43 Luke Hoggard carried out the American flag and redshirt junior WR #80 Charles Johnson carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field Saturday;

-  North Carolina won the toss and elected to defer on Saturday, WCU received the opening kickoff;