Western Carolina vs. #12 Wofford - Post-Game Notes

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Oct. 19, 2013

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Post-Game Notes
No. 12/13 Wofford 21, Western Carolina 17
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. - Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

With the loss...
- Western Carolina dropped its 33rd-straight game against NCAA Division I competition dating back to the 2010 season ... It was also the 23rd-straight loss against a nationally-ranked Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team dating back to 2006 ... the Catamounts are 11-73-3 against ranked FCS teams since 1983;

- WCU was handed its 26th consecutive loss in SoCon play dating back to 2010, which now stands alone as the second-longest winless drought in league history;

- WCU fell to 4-10 all-time in games played on Hall of Fame Day dating back to the 2000 season ... the Catamounts have won just three of the last nine Hall of Fame games;

- Marks the eighth-straight loss to Wofford, keeping the Catamounts winless against the Terriers since 2005 ... WCU trails in the all-time series, 12-23, with the series now tied in Cullowhee at 9-9.

Post-Game Notes:
- Western Carolina's 17-7 halftime lead over Wofford was the largest lead over the Terriers since 2005 when the Catamounts led 10-0 ... WCU would go on to win that game in 2005, 24-0 - the only time Wofford has been shutout in SoCon play since joining the league in 1997, and the first of only two shutouts pitched against the Terriers in the same time frame;

- WCU led at halftime for just the second-time this season, also holding a 10-0 lead on Mars Hill back on Sept. 21 ... It was the Catamounts' first halftime lead on a NCAA Division I team since leading Chattanooga, 24-16, on Nov. 3 a season ago ... In addition to Senior Day, the 2012 meeting was also Hall of Fame Day in Cullowhee;

- Western Carolina held the lead on Wofford for three quarters before the Terriers scored their go-ahead touchdown with 11:22 remaining in the fourth quarter;

- Western Carolina's 17-14 lead over Wofford heading into the fourth quarter was the first time this season WCU led an opponent heading into the final quarter of a game;

- Wofford's 74 passing yards on Saturday were the second-fewest allowed by the Catamount defense to an opponent this season - the lowest is 17 yards against The Citadel ... Both are triple-option, run-oriented teams;

- WCU's defense limited one of the top rushing offenses in the SoCon - and the nation - to 372 yards on the ground ... It was the fewest yards by a Wofford squad against Western Carolina since the Catamounts held the Terriers to 323 yards back in 2006 ... It also broke a string of three-straight, 500-yard rushing performances by Wofford against WCU dating back to 2010;

- Sophomore running back Darius Ramsey rushed for a season-high 103 yards against Wofford on 24 carries ... Ramsey's previous high was another 100-yard game, rushing for 102 yards against The Citadel in the home and SoCon-opener;

- Redshirt sophomore receiver Karnorris Benson tallied his seventh receiving score of the season, which moves him into a tie with seven other players for sixth-place on WCU's single-season touchdown receptions chart;

- With Benson's 116 yards receiving and Ramsey's 103 yards rushing, it marked the first time since a home win over Mars Hill in 2011 that WCU had teammates record 100-yards rushing and 100-yards receiving in the same game ... the last time prior to Saturday was tandem running backs Shaun Warren (203 yds) and Michael Vaughn (104) on the ground and Jacoby Mitchell with 105 receiving yards;

- After nearly orchestrating what would have been a 97-yard drive in the closing minutes on Saturday, sophomore quarterback Troy Mitchell took a blow to the head as he rushed around the left end with his helmet striking the ground ... Medical officials at WCU held Mitchell out on what proved to be the final series for precautionary measures, as is standard operation when dealing with concussion-like symptoms .. Mitchell moved the team 86 yards on the drive before coming up short on a fourth-and-two at the 11-yard line;

- Redshirt junior quarterback Eddie Sullivan came into the game in the final series ... He was 2-for-7 for 57 yards with a long of 33 yards that got Western Carolina into the red zone in the final seconds of the game;

- Western Carolina won the turnover game on Saturday with two fumbles recovered on three fumble opportunities and one interception ... the Catamounts did not give the ball away against Wofford, finishing with a +3 in the turnover margin.

Career Notes:
- Redshirt freshman wide receiver Willie Police hauled in a career-high seven receptions in the game and netted 60 yards, which was also a career-high;

- With his second 100-yard rushing game on Saturday, WCU's Darius Ramsey now has four, 100-yard rushing games in his Catamount career;

- Sophomore defensive end John McBeth John McBeth came up with his first career interception on the first play of the second quarter as he picked off a James Lawson pass attempt - the first pass of the game for the Terriers ... It is the fifth interception by the Catamount defense this fall;

- Sophomore defensive end Caleb Hawkins finished Saturday's game with a career-high 10 tackles including one for loss, while also forcing a fumble against Wofford ... Senior Andre Whitmire - a native of Spartanburg, S.C., where Wofford is located - also established a career-best with six tackles;

- Junior linebacker Christon Gill's team-high 12 total tackles was one shy of matching his career-high of 13 set against Appalachian State in 2011;

- Troy Mitchell added his second rushing TD of the season in the loss to Wofford giving him 10 career rushing touchdowns in two seasons at WCU.

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... Wofford won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half ... WCU received the opening kickoff;

- At halftime of Saturday's game, Western Carolina's six newest inductees into its Athletics Hall of Fame were recognized on the field ... the largest class since 2010 included: Patron Award recipient, Alden McCracken; Christy Attebery Kennelly (Volleyball, 1998-2001); Al "Mutt" DeGraffenreid (Football, 1974-76; Coach, 1977-96); Frankie King (Men's Basketball, 1993-95); David L. Jones (Men's Basketball, 1957-60); and George "Ronnie" Scott (Football, 1965-66).


 

 

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