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Western Carolina at Virginia Tech - Post-Game Notes

Sep 7, 2013

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Post-Game Notes
Virginia Tech 45, Western Carolina 3
Lane Stadium / Worsham Field
Blacksburg, Va. - Sat., Sept. 7, 2013

With the Loss...
- Western Carolina suffered its 12th-straight loss dating back to last season, and was relegated to its 28th consecutive loss to a NCAA Division I, Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent ... Virginia Tech represented the third-straight, FBS foe for the Catamounts dating back to last season (Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Virginia Tech);

- Saturday's defeat also marked WCU's first loss to the Hokies in the first meeting between the two programs.

Post-Game Notes:
- In the first quarter, with Virginia Tech and quarterback Logan Thomas looking for a big strike down the near sideline, freshman corner back Trey Morgan came away with his first career interception, out dueling receiver Demitri Knowles at the goal line ... It was the first interception for the Catamount defense in 2013;

- However, two plays later the game's second interception - a tipped pass caught by Hokies defensive back Detrick Bonner, led to the game's first points on a 37-yard interception return for a score ... It was the first INT return for a score against WCU since Furman's Marcus McMorris returned one 52 yards on Sept. 29, 2012 ... It was first defensive touchdown for Virginia Tech since 2010;

- Virginia Tech's 16-play scoring drive that resulted in a one-yard Trey Edmunds TD rush was the longest in terms of plays - 16 all told - on the season, handing the Hokies a 14-0 lead;

- Late in the second quarter, junior linebacker Christon Gill came away with his first career interception, picking off a Logan Thomas pass attempt thwarting a would-be scoring drive for the Hokies, sending the game to the halftime locker room at 21-0, Virginia Tech;

- Chris Mangus' 76-yard touchdown run for Virginia Tech early in the third quarter was the third scoring play by a WCU opponent covering 50-or-more yards this season;

- Redshirt freshman Damian Whitaker gave WCU its third takeaway of the game, recovering a muffed punt midway through the third quarter to give the Catamounts the ball at the Hokies 12 yard line ... the turnover led to Western Carolina's first points of the game on a 28-yard Richard Sigmon field goal;

- Catamount senior punter Clark Sechrest had a solid outing, punting eight times for an average of 41 yards ... Two of his eight punts sailed 50+ yards including a season-long 53-yarder with three being downed inside the Virginia Tech 20-yard line.

- WCU's eight first downs at Virginia Tech matched the 2012 season low for moving the chains, also eight in Tuscaloosa, Ala., against Alabama.

Career Numbers Update:
- Western Carolina played, 25 first-year players including 15 true freshmen at Virginia Tech ... Four true freshmen were among the starting lineup including two on offense (Terryon Robinson, Garry Lewis) and two on defense (Bryson Jordan, Trey Morgan); v - Redshirt freshman tight end Michael Helms made his first career reception on a 15-yard sideline route from quarterback Eddie Sullivan;

- Converted running backs, junior David Giron and senior Brandon Grady, made their first official career rushes late in the third and fourth quarters quarter with the Catamounts backed up against their own end zone;

- Redshirt freshman quarterback Jonah Duggan also saw his first action in the backfield at Virginia Tech ... Duggan made his collegiate debut in week one at Middle Tennessee State as the holder on a placekick.

Miscellaneous Notes:
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday afternoon's game were: redshirt junior defensive back #28 Ace Clark; senior punter #38 Clark Sechrest; senior offensive lineman #52 Quevalas Murray; and senior offensive lineman #72 Vince Williams ... Virginia Tech won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half ... Western Carolina received the opening kickoff;

- Saturday afternoon's announced attendance was 61,335 ... Lane Stadium's official capacity is 65,632.