Oct. 6, 2012
#8 Georgia Southern 45, Western Carolina 13
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. - Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
With the Loss...
- Western Carolina suffered its 18th-straight defeat to Georgia Southern, falling to 2-21 in the overall all-time series ... WCU dropped its ninth-straight home game in the series with the Eagles;
- The Catamounts dropped their 18th-straight game overall in Southern Conference play, the longest such drought since going winless in 20-straight in league play from the last game of 2005 until Nov. 1, 2008;
- WCU also lost its 20th straight game against a nationally-ranked team, a skid that dates back to 2006 with its last win over an FCS ranked foe, 20-17, against then #19 Eastern Kentucky ... WCU fell to 0-6 all-time against teams ranked eighth in the country;
- The Catamounts fell to 17-21-1 all-time in Homecoming games in Cullowhee, suffering its third-straight loss in the reunion day game at Whitmire Stadium.
- True freshman quarterback Troy Mitchell scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season against Georgia Southern ... It was his first touchdown since finding the end zone against ninth-ranked Wofford on the road back on September 15;
- Redshirt junior linebacker Randy Pressley, making his second start of the season and the 10th of his career - set a single-game career-high with 16 tackles against Georgia Southern ... He had two solo tackles and 14 assisted tackles in the loss;
- The 664 total offensive yards by Georgia Southern is the most allowed by the Catamount defense this season ... The previous high was 619 by Furman on September 29 ... 614 of the Eagles' total yardage was rushing, the most by a WCU opponent in E.J. Whitmire Stadium history;
- Three GSU running backs eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark on Saturday afternoon as Darreion Robinson (124), Dominique Swope (117) and William Banks (101) all eclipsed the century mark ... It is the second-time this season that a WCU opponent had three backs go over 100 yards in the same game as Wofford - another run-oriented, triple-option team, also had three rush for over 100 yards;
- Western Carolina's offense was held to its lowest total yardage output of the season by the Georgia Southern defense, limiting the Catamounts to just 207 total yards (95 passing, 112 rushing) ... It was the Catamounts' lowest offensive output since being held to just 189 total yards (103 passing, 83 rushing) in the 2010 season opener at North Carolina State;
- WCU's 95 yards passing was its lowest output since being held to just 83 yards through the air against Samford during the 2010 season ... Combined, WCU's two quarterbacks were limited to 8-of-17 passing;
- Catamount running back Shaun Warren rushed for his first touchdown of the season against Georgia Southern - a nine-yard scamper for the Catamounts second TD of the game ... It was Warren's first trip to the end zone since the GSU game a season ago, giving him six career rushing TDs;
- WCU defensive lineman Pete Balthrop, Jr., blocked an Eagle field goal attempt on Saturday ... It was the first blocked field goal for the Catamounts since Rainey Ala broke through and swatted a Georgia Tech field goal attempt in the 2011 season-opener back on Sept. 1, 2011 ... WCU returned that blocked FG for a touchdown just before halftime in Atlanta;
- Redshirt freshman Jeff Moore recorded his first career reception as a Catamount against Georgia Southern ... He hauled in a 12-yard pass late in the first quarter ... All told, five different receivers caught passes including a team-best three by Karnorris Benson.
- On offense, Western Carolina was without the services of senior wide receiver Jacoby Mitchell, senior tailback Michael Johnson and freshman tailback Darius Ramsey ... On defense, WCU was missing freshman defensive end Caleb Hawkins, all sidelined with injuries ... Senior linebacker Rock Williams - who entered the game leading the team in tackles per game - suited up but did not see the field, nursing a re-aggravated ankle injury;
- Western Carolina won the opening coin toss and deferred ... the Catamounts kicked off to open the game;
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday afternoon's game were: senior running back #5 Michael Johnson (despite not being dressed out for the game); senior linebacker #32 Nathaniel Sedergren; senior linebacker #51 Rock Williams; and senior offensive lineman #65 Teddy Rhoney.