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Postgame Notes

Western Carolina 23, ETSU 20 (OT)

E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field

Cullowhee, N.C.  

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019

Att: 7,681

 

With the win …

- WCU has scored back-to-back seasonal victories for the first time since the Catamounts won three-straight to open the 2018 season;

- Halted a five-game home winless drought against Southern Conference foes in Cullowhee;

- Marks the first time WCU took possession of the traveling trophy in the “Blue Ridge Border Battle” in the second year that the trophy has been up for grabs in the series meetings;

- Gave Western Carolina a two-game edge in the all-time series history 25-23-1 with a three-game series lead in games played in Cullowhee all time, 13-10, including back-to-back home wins;

- Gave Mark Speir his 32nd career victory at WCU moving him into sole possession of fourth, breaking the tie with his former Steve Hodgin (31, 1990-96).

Post-Game Notes:

- Saturday’s overtime game marked back-to-back seasons that Western Carolina and ETSU needed extra time … In the 2018 season, ETSU came out on the winning edge in Johnson City in triple overtime, 45-43 … It was just the third overtime game in series history with WCU winning twice, both at home;

- Redshirt junior RB Donnavan Spencer rushed for 124 yards and one touchdown against ETSU … It is the second-straight game he has rushed for over 100 yards and the fourth time in his career … It also marks the first time in his career he has posted a 100-yard rushing performance more than once in a single season;

- Spencer’s second-quarter rushing TD gives him SIX in his WCU career against the Buccaneers …  the Charlotte, N.C., native rushed for one score against ETSU in last year’s triple-overtime loss and posted a career-high four rushing TDs to go along with a career-best 139 rushing yards in the 49-10 victory in the 2017 series meeting … Spencer has 14 career rushing touchdowns;

- Redshirt sophomore RB Caleb Ferguson scored the first receiving touchdown of his career on a 22-yard shovel pass … His first career touchdown came earlier this season against Chattanooga, rushing to score on a fake punt;

- Redshirt senior QB Tyrie Adams tossed the 63rd touchdown in his career ranking him sixth all-time in the Southern Conference, just one behind former Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman (64, 2012-15) … It was also the 81st touchdown Adams has been responsible for in his career (rushing or passing) moving him into a tie for sixth in SoCon history, matching former App State QB Richie Williams (81, 2002-05);

- Adams accounted for 262 yards of total offense against ETSU, his 24th career game in recording 250-or-more yards in a game … Adams moved into a tie for fourth in SoCon history, matching former UTC QB Jacob Huesman (24, 2012-15);

- With 185 rushing yards against ETSU, Adams moved into fifth place in the WCU record books for career rushing yards with 2,498 … He by-passed former WCU running backs Kevin Thigpen (2,447 yards, 1990-93) and Fred Boateng (2,489 yards, 2000-02);

- WCU’s offense recorded over 400 yards of total offense for the fourth time this season with 402 on the day against ETSU … It was the first time this season that WCU had posted 400+ yards in back-to-back games including a season-high 539 at VMI;

- Three Catamounts finished with double-digit tackles in the overtime win over ETSU … Junior LB Ty Harris recorded 11 total tackles against ETSU marking the seventh time in his career he had double-digit stops … He also recorded a career-high four tackles for loss … Senior DB JerMichael White also had 11 tackles, his fifth career double-digit tackle game while also recovering a fumble in the win … Junior LB Trevor Childers tallied 10 tackles, also his fifth career double-digit tackle outing;

- Including four TFLs by Harris, WCU’s defense recorded a season-high nine tackles for loss in Saturday’s home victory over ETSU … It was the most TFLs in a game by WCU since posting 12 in a home victory over VMI last season, which was the second of back-to-back double-digit TFL performances;

- WCU’s defense limited ETSU to just 265 yards of total offense in Saturday’s victory, the second-lowest output by an opposing team offense this season and the fewest allowed to an NCAA Division I opponent on the year (North Greenville held to just 204 total yards) … ETSU was limited to just 89 yards passing, the fourth opponent this season WCU has held under the century mark in a game.

Miscellaneous Notes:

- Western Carolina’s team captains for Saturday’s afternoon’s game were: redshirt senior WR #2 Nate Mullen; redshirt sophomore QB #15 Will Jones; and redshirt senior DB #22 JerMichael White;

- Sophomore DB #4 A.J. Rogers carried the United States flag and redshirt sophomore LB #33 Curtis Roach carried the “All You Got” flag when the team took the field on Saturday;

-  WCU won the coin toss and deferred to the second half … ETSU received the opening kickoff from WCU to open the game.

 

 

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