Marshall 52, Western Carolina 24
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Huntington, W.Va. - Sept. 8, 2012
With the Loss...
- Western Carolina dropped its fifth-straight in the all-time series with Marshall, breaking the tie in the overall series record at 9-10-2 in the 21 series meetings;
- The Catamounts fall to 1-1 on the 2012 season, suffering the first loss under first-year head coach Mark Speir.
- Western Carolina redshirt transfer quarterback Eddie Sullivan made his Catamount debut in the starting role, taking the field on familiar turf against Marshall, where he started his collegiate career ... Sullivan scored his first rushing touchdown for WCU on a one-yard plunge, capping the longest scoring drive of the season at 16 plays with 10:58 remaining in the fourth quarter ... Finished with two rushing scores and one passing touchdown;
- Also making their first career starts on Saturday night were redshirt sophomore DB #47 Trevor Taylor and true freshman DB #39 Sertonuse Harris, both coming in the defensive secondary;
- Freshman defensive lineman Caleb Hawkins pressured the Thundering Herd quarterback on Marshall's opening drive, helping hold the home squad to a field goal on their opening drive ... Hawkins then recorded his first career sack on Marshall's second possession;
- Western Carolina nearly came away with its fifth takeaway - and fourth fumble - of the season at the 2:11 mark of the first quarter when freshman Sertonuse Harris stripped Herd running back, Travon Van, on a sweep around the left end ... Bevans Robbs fell on the loose football, but it was ruled he was out of bounds, preventing the would-be takeaway;
- Michael Johnson scored WCU's first, first down of the game at the 12:45 mark of the second quarter ... it came on Johnson's first carry of the ball game ... it was followed by the second, first down of the game on the very next play - a 10-yard gain on a pass-and-catch from Sullivan to Jacoby Mitchell;
- Western Carolina committed its first turnover of the season on a third quarter interception that Marshall's Devin Arrington returned 17 yards for a touchdown ... WCU had been +4 - tied for first in FCS - entering the game;
- All seven of Marshall's offensive scoring drives were eight-or-more plays including two drives of 11 plays ... Marshall - which ran 101 plays against West Virginia in week one - finished with 94 offensive plays from scrimmage on Saturday ... WCU had 75 snaps on offense.
Career Nights for Four Catamounts:
- Sophomore Richard Sigmon nailed his third career field goal - a career-long of 40 yards - as time expired to conclude the first half, putting Western Carolina on the board, 24-3, at halftime;
- Junior Clark Sechrest booted a pair of 50-yard punts including a 54-yard punt on Saturday night ... Averaged 40.7 yards per punt with two downed inside the 20 yard line and one that was tip-toed by Elijer Martinez at the goal line before being ruled a touchback;
- Junior linebacker Courtland Carson finished with a career-best 14 tackles against Marshall ... Sertonuse Harris reached double-digits in total hits as well, finishing with a career-best 10 ... Senior Elijer Martinez was a third defender to post a career-high with nine stops;
- Senior Conner Orr came up with his first career reception on a 36-yard pitch-and-catch from Sullivan on a streak down the middle of the field, keying WCU's first touchdown scoring drive that pulled the game back to within 14, 24-10 ... Orr was primarily used as a blocking back during his freshman season before missing the last two years due to an injury.
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday evening's game were: senior running back #5 Michael Johnson; senior linebacker #32 Nathaniel Sedergren; senior linebacker #51 Rock Williams; and senior offensive lineman #65 Teddy Rhoney;
- Western Carolina won the opening coin toss and elected to defer ... WCU kicked off to start the game.