Cullowhee, N.C. - Senior Detrez Newsome broke his own single-game rushing record as Western Carolina shattered its school benchmark for total offense in a game, amassing 778 total yards including a school-record 483 team rushing yards in a 63-17, home-opening victory over the Davidson Wildcats Saturday evening at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
WCU snapped a 48-year old record for total offense in a single-game, eclipsing the previous standard of 711 set against Emory & Henry back in 1969, while the total of 483 yards on the ground broke the previous record of 464 set back in 1993 against Newberry.
Newsome led two running backs to eclipse the century mark for WCU with a career-high 288 yards on the ground, eclipsing his previous record-setting performance of 277 established a season ago against Chattanooga. The Raeford, N.C., product scored a career-best three rushing touchdowns on Saturday giving him 31 in his career, four shy of second-place all-time in program history.
Also, for a second-consecutive week, junior tailback Corey Holloway posted a career performance, accounting for 119 yards on the ground with 22 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Reigning Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyrie Adams averaged 27-yards per completion on Saturday, connecting on 10-of-13 passes for 274 yards with a career-high -- and school-record -- matching five touchdowns. He also matched the school record with four TD passes in the first half, matching a feat he also met a season ago.
Two receivers -- redshirt seniors Steffon Hill and Terryon Robinson -- both crested the 100-yard receiving mark, doing so on just a combined seven receptions. Hill led the team with four catches including two for touchdowns and 102 yards, while Robinson averaged 48 yards per reception by hauling in three catches for 144 yards with a pair of scores.
On a night that was slated to be capped by post-game fireworks, Western Carolina lit the fuse early by scoring on its first three possessions on plays of 58 yards or more in cruising to the victory, it's third all-time in the head-to-head series with the Wildcats. WCU's first four scoring drives in the opening quarter were each four-plays or fewer while covering 75, 94, and 81 yards, respectively.
WCU added three second quarter scores to carry a commanding, 49-19, lead into the halftime locker room.
Defensively, linebacker A.J. Newman paced the squad with a game-high 10 tackles including three solo sops and two tackles for loss, while redshirt senior Daniel Riddle finished with eight stops, three solo. Shamon Elliott intercepted a pair of passes, the first two picks of his collegiate career.
For Davidson (1-1), freshman tailback Wesley Dugger had an encore for his opening-day performance that saw him rush for a school-rookie record 196 yards last Saturday. Dugger again eclipsed the 100-yard mark, tallying 117 rushing yards with a touchdown, while Satchel Moore caught six passes for 83 yard and a score for the Wildcats.
Western Carolina (1-1) travels to Boiling Springs, N.C., next Saturday to face Gardner-Webb (0-2) at Spangler Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 pm in a game that will be broadcast on WMYA-TV, My40.