Nov. 18, 2017

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Chapel Hill, N.C. - Western Carolina senior tailback Detrez Newsome rushed for 107 yards on Saturday afternoon, eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season to cap his career in Cullowhee. However, it was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing finish for the short-handed Catamounts.

North Carolina (3-8) erupted for 35 points in a decisive second quarter, breaking open a 7-7 game as a part of scoring 65-straight in handing Western Carolina (7-5) a 65-10 setback on Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium.

Newsome accounted for 155 all-purpose yards, adding a team-best seven catches for 48 yards receiving to lead the Catamount offensive attack.

Tyrie Adams, who played just the first half on Saturday, finished 8-for-18 for 69 yards and WCU's lone touchdown, completing a one-yard, play-action TD pass to Connell Young that capped a 61-yard drive and gave Western Carolina an early, 7-0, lead. Redshirt freshman QB Ray Smith saw his most extensive action of the year, completing 8-of-15 passes for 84 yards as the Catamounts threw for 153 through the air.

All told, six different Catamounts recorded receptions with Jordan Mathis leading the wide outs with three catches for a team-high tying 48 yards, while seniors Terryon Robinson and Steffon Hill both had two catches apiece.

WCU kicker Joshua Gibson capped the game's scoring with a 28-yard field goal.

North Carolina quarterback Nathan Elliott completed 18-of-28 passes for 240 yard and four touchdown passes including two to Josh Cabrera. Back-up QB Chazz Surratt completed both of his pass attempts for 58 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for a 59-yard score. Three Tar Heel running backs tallied scores on the ground with Michael Carter leading the way with 103 rushing yards in the win.

Defensively for Western Carolina, junior safety JerMichael White led the way with a career-high 15 tackles, adding a pass break-up, while defensive back Keion Crossen finished with nine stops.

WCU lost two fumbles in the loss including one on a muffed punt and another that led to a scoop-and-score for the Tar Heels during the 35-point second frame. All told, UNC scored 21 points in a span of 2:46 in the second quarter to take control.

Western Carolina, which finished the regular season with seven victories -- its third, seven-win season in the past four years -- awaits the final decision about any potential post-season berth. Each of the Catamount wins this year were against NCAA Division I competition. The 2017 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national playoff selection show is scheduled for 11:00 am on Sunday, Nov. 19 on ESPNU.