Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina today in conjunction with Georgia Tech Athletics officially announced the addition of the Atlantic Coast Conference-member Yellow Jackets to its 2022 football schedule. The Catamounts are slated to travel to Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in The Flats on September 10, 2022.
Currently coached by former Catamount football player and assistant coach Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech represents the first opponent revealed on WCU’s 2022 football schedule. Collins played defensive back and outside linebacker for WCU from 1989-92 and earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management and exercise science. He later served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2002-05 on Kent Briggs’ coaching staff.
Western Carolina and Georgia Tech have squared-off five previous times on the football gridiron, most recently in the 2011 season – a 63-21 GT victory. The Jackets have won each of the five previous meetings in a series that began in 1985. WCU jumped out to a 10-0 lead in that inaugural series meeting before the Yellow Jackets rallied for a 24-17 victory – the closest margin in the five-game series history. In 1992, the Catamounts carried a halftime lead into the locker room, 16-10, before eventually falling, 37-19.
Having already visited ACC-foe North Carolina State this season, WCU will travel to traditional SEC power, Alabama, on Nov. 23 to conclude the regular season. Western Carolina has previously officially announced nonconference road games at FBS-foes Liberty (2020) and NC State (2024), with a home-and-home with perennial FCS powerhouse, Montana in 2024 and 2025. WCU still has several nonconference match-ups – both FBS and FCS nonconference – to officially announce in the near future.
Western Carolina (1-3) returns home this weekend, stepping out of Southern Conference play to host regional-rival, Gardner-Webb (1-3) for the annual Family Weekend game at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm. Tickets are available online at CatamountSports.com or by calling (800) 34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401.
Western Carolina’s Announced Upcoming FBS Opponents:
2019: at Alabama – Nov. 23, 2019
2020: at Liberty – Nov. 14, 2020
2022: at Georgia Tech – Sept. 10, 2022
2024: at North Carolina State – Sept. 14, 2024