Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina football looks to bounce back from a frustrating performance in its 2019 season opener against Southern Conference-foe, Mercer, as it travels down Interstate 40 to face in-state foe, North Carolina State, this Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:30 pm at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Saturday marks just the seventh all-time series meeting between the two schools that are both a part of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system that includes 16 universities and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. It's the first football meeting since 2010, a 48-7 victory for the Wolfpack with all six previous meetings dating back to 1986 each coming in Raleigh.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network (CSN) with live streaming audio available online at CatamountSports.com. Fans across western North Carolina can also hear the game locally beginning at 11:30 am 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 & 1050 AM WFSC in Franklin; WISE Sports Radio 1310 AM and 102.9 FM in Asheville; and 970 AM WYSE in Canton.
Fans can also follow the NC State game on Regional Sports Network (RSN) (click link for a listing of affiliates) including Fox Sports South (DirecTV Ch. 646; DISH Ch. 420) with streaming video through ACC Network Extra (ACCNX) through ESPN+ (subscription required). Tom Werme will handle the play-by-play with James Bates providing color commentary and Stormy Buonantony on the sidelines.
Western North Carolina fans can also gather at Ultra Star Multi-tainment in Cherokee, N.C., for a special WCU Watch Party. Ultra Star Multi-tainment is the official home for watch parties when the Catamounts are on the road this season.
NC State (1-0) claimed a 34-6 victory over fellow UNC system school, East Carolina, last weekend in Raleigh to open the 2019 campaign. The Catamounts represent the second-consecutive in-state foe to wear similar colors when it steps on the field in Raleigh, carrying the Purple & Gold banner against the ‘Pack for a second-straight week.
Saturday's game marks the first of consecutive nonconference games with a bye in week four before the Catamounts return to league play at Chattanooga to close the month of September. Despite the frustrating loss to Mercer in week one, Western Carolina (0-1) did see its redshirt senior QB Tyrie Adams become the program's all-time leader in total offense (9,741 yards) – fifth in SoCon history – and with 318 passing yards, became the program's all-time leader with 7,597 yards, 10th in league history.
Western Carolina head football coach Mark Speir looks back to the season-opening loss in Southern Conference play to the Mercer Bears last Saturday before turning his attention to this week's trip to Raleigh to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack in this week's installment of “Catamount Football Weekly,” a program that aired on Facebook LIVE from Bryson City Outdoors Cullowhee Taproom, located on the first floor of Noble Hall in the heart of the WCU campus on Monday night.
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