Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina climbs back into Southern Conference play this weekend with the first of back-to-back weekends in the Palmetto State. The Catamounts travel down I-26 to Charleston to face the run-oriented The Citadel Bulldogs at historic Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm in a game that will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network (CSN) with a 1:00 pm air time. Fans across the region can hear the game on eight CSN affiliates: in Cullowhee on 90.5 WWCU-FM; 105.7 FM and 540 AM WRGC “The River” in Sylva; 104.9 FM and 1050 AM WFSC in Franklin; WISE Sports Radio 1310 AM and 102.9 FM in Asheville; and 970 AM WYSE in Canton. Live streaming audio through Stretch Internet is also available online at CatamountSports.com.
Saturday's 44th all-time meeting between the Catamounts and Bulldogs will also be broadcast on ESPN3 (satellite or cable subscription required).
WCU trails in the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 17-25-1, including a 7-13 all-time record in games played on the road in the series. However, the last time the Catamounts played in Charleston, it was a 31-19 victory back in 2017. WCU is hoping to rekindle some of that Lowcountry magic this weekend as it looks to put the clamps on a nine-game SoCon winless drought and a road losing skid that has hit seven-straight, tied for the ninth-longest active in the NCAA FCS ranks.
Last year in Cullowhee, the Catamounts used a pair of Donnavan Spencer touchdown rushes including a 75-yard scamper and a two-yard run, plus a Michael Murphy first-quarter 48-yard fumble recovery to build a 24-10 lead at halftime. However, The Citadel blocked a pair of third quarter punts including one on WCU's first possession of the second half and another one in which it returned for a two-yard touchdown to quickly erase the deficit. The Bulldog defense then pitched a second-half shutout, outscoring WCU 28-0 over the final two quarters in the 38-24 victory to spoil Homecoming.
Returning Bulldog QB Brandon Rainey rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown last year while preseason first-team All-Southern Conference linebacker Willie Eubanks tallied an interception and a fumble recovery as a part of a seven-tackle outing.
The WCU-Citadel match-up is one of just two conference tilts on the docket this weekend as the bulk of the league heads into its bye. The only other match-up features the Samford Bulldogs heading north to Lexington, Va., to face the VMI Keydets who went on the road to claim the “Military Classic of the South” and take home the Silver Shako for the first time in 12 years with their first victory in Charleston since 1995.
Game 6: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 • 2:00 pm
Location: Charleston, S.C. (Johnson Hagood Stadium – 11,332)
Records: Western Carolina (1-4, 0-2 SoCon) at The Citadel (2-4, 0-2 SoCon)
Online Video Stream: ESPN3 (satellite/cable subscription required)
PBP: Kevin Fitzgerald; Color: Dom Allen; Sideline: Emily Crevani
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
PBP: Gary Ayers; Color: Daniel Hooker; Sidelines: Greg McLamb; Producer: Jeff Bryson
- Cullowhee – WWCU, 90.5 FM
- Sylva – 105.7 FM / 540 AM WRGC
- Franklin – 104.9 FM / 1050 AM WFSC
- Asheville – WISE Sports Radio 102.9 FM / 1310 AM
- Canton – WYSE Sports Radio 970 AM
- Online: CatamountSports.com
Western Carolina head coach Mark Speir talked about the tough home, walk-off loss to Gardner-Webb before a packed Family Weekend crowd last Saturday evening before previewing this Saturday's SoCon match-up at The Citadel in the latest installment of "Catamount Football Weekly,” originally recorded live-on-location on Monday (Oct. 7) night at BC Outdoors Cullowhee Taproom located on campus at Noble Hall in Cullowhee. Join Speir and the CSN crew each Monday night at 7 pm at BC Outdoors in Cullowhee.
Keep track of everything related to Catamount football and WCU Athletics through its social media outlets on Facebook (fb.com/CatamountSports) and Twitter (@Catamounts, @CatamountsFB).
Join Catamount fans at UltraStar Multi-tainment in Cherokee, N.C., on Saturday afternoon for the official "Watch Party" of Saturday's game from Charleston, S.C.