#14 Furman 28, Western Carolina 7
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
With the result …
- Western Carolina suffered its 12th-straight Southern Conference loss, the second-longest conference game winless drought – Brown has lost 18-consecutive games in Ivy League play … the loss was also the fourth-consecutive both to Furman in the head-to-head series and also against a nationally-ranked FCS team;
- WCU also dropped its fourth-straight Homecoming game at Whitmire Stadium, dropping to 20-25-1 dating back to 1974 and 1-4 all-time against Furman on Homecoming;
- WCU has started the 2019 season at 1-7 overall, matching the slowest opening to a season since 2016 when the Catamounts started 1-7 before finishing the year 2-9 overall.
- Redshirt senior QB Tyrie Adams completed 18 passes on 22 attempts – 81.8 completion percentage – for 108 yards with no interceptions on Saturday against nationally-ranked Furman … He had a rushing touchdown in the first quarter to go with 22 yards rushing ... Adams left Saturday’s game at 7:03 of the fourth quarter after reaggravating a foot injury suffered at Wofford four-plays into that road game;
- Adams scored WCU’s lone touchdown in the upset-bid against No. 14 Furman, scoring on the ground from seven yards out on WCU’s first offensive possession … For Adams, the rushing score was his fifth of the season – one in all but one of the six games in which he has been active this fall – and the 18th rushing score of his WCU career, just two shy of an 11th-place tie in program history (Carlton Terry (1987-90) and Melvin Dorsey (1981-83) both with 20) and four away from moving into the program’s all-time top 10;
- Adams has also accounted for 77 career touchdowns, matching former Georgia Southern QB Jayson Foster (77, 2004-07) for seventh in SoCon history;
- With Adams TD rush, Western Carolina’s offense has produced points on its game-opening drive in four-consecutive weeks including three touchdowns – a Connell Young rush against Gardner-Webb and the 69-yard TD pass Adams to Jaylin Young on the opening-play at Wofford … WCU also cashed-in a 32-yard Julian Pletz field goal at The Citadel on its first offensive possession the past four weeks … WCU has points on FIVE of its EIGHT opening possessions this season (3 TDs, 2 FGs);
- Redshirt sophomore QB Will Jones took over as quarterback for the Catamounts at the 7:03 mark of the fourth quarter after Adams left ... Jones finished the game 8-for-9 passing (88.9%) for 79 yards … Jones moved WCU into the red zone to the Furman 10-yard line before time expired in the fourth quarter;
- WCU’s Ty Harris led the Catamounts in tackles with nine tackles … Harris has led the Cats in tackles twice this year;
- The visiting No. 14 Paladins scored 25 unanswered points after trailing 7-3 following the first quarter;
- Both defenses held the opposing offense on fourth down stand for a turnover on downs during the second quarter – and both teams missed field goal attempts after trading those respective series;
- For the second-straight week, WCU’s defense saw the opposition put the football on the carpet with multiple fumbles – 3 times last week at Wofford and twice against Furman … However, WCU was unable to come up with any of those five fumbles for takeaways … WCU officially forced three of the five fumbles, two against Furman including a LB Jayden Pauling sack/fumble and LB Darrius Smith with a big hit on redshirt freshman QB Darren Grainger in the red zone;
- Furman scored on the opening drive when Grayson Atkins tied Furman's school record with a 55-yard field goal, his school-record 18th consecutive made field goal ... Furman led 3-0 at 11:50 of the first quarter … His streak was later snapped with the aforementioned missed attempt from 33 yards away;
- Saturday’s game against Western Carolina marked the 500th Southern Conference game for Furman, a league member since 1936 … Furman ranks third in SoCon history to reach the 500-game plateau, trailing only VMI and The Citadel;
- Western Carolina trailed at halftime for the seventh time in eight games.
- WCU won the coin toss and deferred to the second half … Furman received the opening kickoff from WCU to open the game ... WCU has won three coin tosses on the season;
- The 2019 Homecoming Queen is Samantha Carter, a senior from Holly Ridge, N.C. … the 2019 Homecoming King is Paolo Balladares, a senior from Clayton, N.C.