N.C. State 41, Western Carolina 0
Saturday, September 07, 2019
With the Loss…
- Western Carolina has dropped 10-straight games dating back to last season – eight-in-a-row to end the 2018 season and the first two games in 2019 … It matches the longest winless drought for WCU since also dropping 10-in-a-row back in 2012, the first under head coach Mark Speir;
- Western Carolina dropped to 0-56 all-time against NCAA FBS opponents and 0-31 all-time against teams from the ACC including an 0-7 against NC State dating back to 1986.
- Western Carolina and its potent offense were shut out for the first time since Nov. 1, 2014, a 51-0 defeat against Chattanooga, a span of 50 games ago … Saturday’s shutout marks the 12th time WCU has failed to score against an FBS opponent … Prior to Saturday, Alabama was the last FBS team to shut out Western Carolina (49-0, 2012);
- Redshirt sophomore QB Will Jones made his first career start Saturday becoming the first starting quarterback other than Tyrie Adams or Troy Mitchell since Nov. 23, 2013, when Eddie Sullivan started at Appalachian State;
- Jones was joined by in WCU’s offensive starting lineup by three players also making their first career starts – redshirt freshman WR Mahari Stribling and true freshmen in WR Kasimir Absolu and OL Jacob Combs … All told, WCU had five combined freshmen (Absolu, Combs, OL Isaiah Helms) or redshirt freshmen (Stribling & OL Tyler Smith) in the starting lineup on Saturday;
- N.C. State’s three first-quarter points were the fewest allowed to an FBS team by the Catamounts in the opening frame since South Florida which was also limited to three points on Aug. 30, 2014;
- Western Carolina recorded five of its six first downs on the day in the evenly-played first quarter on Saturday afternoon … the Catamount offense was limited to just one first down over the final three frames, moving the chains for the sixth time in the second quarter while not recording a first down in the second half against the stingy Wolfpack defense which has not allowed a touchdown in its first two games against in-state foes;
- WCU true freshman punter Brandon Dickerson’s 59-yard punt at the 9:15 mark of the third quarter represented his career-long and second inside the 20 this season … With his career-long boot, Dickerson averaged 40.7 yards with 10 punts, finishing three kicks shy of the school single-game record;
- WCU had the ball in the second half for less than eight minutes and 23:01 for the game ... NC State held the ball for 36:59 … Other game possession notes include WCU punting on its opening possession for the second-straight week;
- WCU’s offense was held over 300 yards off its seasonal average entering the game at 445.0 yards per game, held off the scoreboard and limited to just 106 total yards of offense – 98 passing, 8 rushing after four sacks … WCU’s 106 total yards were the fewest since Chattanooga limited the Catamounts to 102 yards (88 passing, 14 rushing) in a 51-0 loss in Cullowhee (Nov. 1, 2014);
- A combined 20 different Catamount players were credited with a tackle or tackle assist between defense and special teams at NC State … Redshirt senior safety JerMichael White finished with a game-high 14 stops, one shy of matching his career-high set at North Carolina back in 2017 … Junior LB Trevor Childers just missed back-to-back games with double-digit tackles, finishing with nine stops … Freshman DL Roman Johnson recorded three tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss as WCU finished with five combined TFLs as a team;
- N.C. State finished with 540 yards of total offense despite WCU holding the Wolfpack to 57 yards in the first quarter … the Catamounts outgained the hosts, 61-to-57, in the opening quarter on Saturday.
- The 85-degree temperature at kickoff on Saturday was the warmest for WCU since an 89-degree kickoff temperature at Samford on Oct. 6, 2018;
- Western Carolina lost the coin toss for the second straight week.