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Post-Game Notes: Western Carolina at Chattanooga

Oct. 15, 2011

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Post-Game Notes
Chattanooga 51, Western Carolina 7
Finley Stadium / Davenport Field
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Oct. 15, 2011

With the Loss...
- Western Carolina has dropped 10-straight games against Southern Conference opponents - the longest such skid since going winless in 20-straight league games from the last game of 2005 until Nov. 1, 2008;

- WCU suffered its third-straight loss to Chattanooga in the overall head-to-head series including its third-consecutive on the road to the Mocs;

- The Catamounts fell to 16-22 all-time against Chattanooga including a 7-13 all-time mark in games played at UTC

Post-Game Notes:
- WCU started junior WR Jacoby Mitchell at wide receiver over redshirt sophomore Deja Alexander who was nursing a sore ankle suffered in the loss to Elon ... the Catamounts opened with four wide outs for the first time this season, going without a tight end on the opening offensive possession ... Despite going through pre-game warm-ups and jogging on the sidelines during the first half, Alexander did not see action in the game;

- Junior WR Gary Green hauled in a career-high six passes for a career-best 60 yards to lead the Catamount offense;

- Josh Cockrell's run of two-consecutive games with a touchdown came to an end on Saturday at Chattanoonga ... Cockrell finished with six catches, matching the team-high, for 37 yards ... He also rushed twoce for a team-best 42 yards including a long of 34 yards;

- Chattanooga's Ryan Consiglio returned a Brandon Pechloff fumble 45 yards for a score early in the second quarter ... It was the first time a WCU opponent scored on a fumble recovery since Tusculum returned two for scores in the second game of the 2009 season in September, 2010;



- Western Carolina's offense was shutout in the first half for just the second time this season, trailing 31-0 at intermission - the most first half points allowed since surrendering 42 to Georgia Tech in the opener ... the other came in a 47-21 home loss to Furman ... WCU was limited to just 87 total yards of offense on 30 first half plays including just 14 yards on the ground on 13 carries and 73 yards on 11 completions;

- At intermission, WCU's leading rusher was sophomore quarterback Brandon Pechloff with 15 yards despite three sacks ... the sophomore did record a career-long rush of 20 yards in the first half;

- WCU's George Richardson came into the game leading the Catamounts - and ranked ninth in the nation - in all-purpose yards, averaging 163.4 yards per game this season ... Chattanooga kicked away from him on both kickoffs and punts ... Richardson finished with a season-low 59 all-purpose yards, 20 yards less than his previous season low of 79 last week against Elon;

- UTC's King returned a Pechloff interception 85 yards for a third quarter touchdown marking the first INT return for a score against WCU since Jamael Lett of Samford returned one 59 yards for a TD in 2010;

- Senior quarterback Zac Brindise made his first appearance in the offensive backfield early in the third quarter following Brandon Pechloff's second interception ... Brindise completed his first pass from scrimmage for 13 yards to Josh Cockrell;

Miscellaneous Notes:
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday evening's game were; junior running back #5 Michael Johnson; senior wide receiver Jo#14 Josh Cockrell; senior linebacker #34 Ricky Schwarz; senior punter #48 Blake Cain; senior tight end #85 Andrew Rogers; and senior defensive lineman#98 Trey Selby;

- Western Carolina won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half ... the Catamounts kicked off to open the game.