Lexington, Va. - Quarterback Tyrie Adams threw for 195 yards and a score, and Joshua Gibson kicked four field goals to lead No. 21/19 Western Carolina past VMI 26-7 in Southern Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Foster Stadium.
Adams completed 20-of-33 passes, including a 29-yard scoring pass to Terryon Robinson in the second quarter that gave the Catamounts (6-2, 4-1 SoCon) the lead for good at 13-7. Robinson finished with nine catches for 91 yards and the score to lead five players with receptions.
Western Carolina extended its consecutive game win streak to 15 -straight in the series with VMI, and the Catamounts won their third road game in a season for the first time since 2002.
Duncan Hodges' 1-yard plunge gave the Keydets (0-8, 0-5) a 7-0 lead with 3:15 left in the first quarter. VMI came in as the least penalized team in the FCS, but were flagged five times for 50 yards against the Catamounts. The Keydets had three sacks, giving them 16 on the season -- two more than all of last season.
Gibson, who received the game ball in the post-game locker room, had field goals of 22, 40, 38 and 43 yards for the Catamounts, splitting the uprights four times in a game - the most by a WCU kicker since Chris Vought did so back in 2002.
Defensively for the Catamounts, senior linebacker A.J. Newman finished with a career-high 12 tackles including half a sack while Tahjai Watt recorded a sack and a half as a part of a four tackle day in the winning effort. WCU won the turnover battle, 3-to-1, with a pair of interceptions including picks by Tra Hardy and Shamon Elliott's third interception of the year. Redshirt freshman Michael Murphy forced and recovered a fumble on the final play of the game for the third takeaway.
Western Carolina returns home to face the red-hot Furman Paladins (5-3, 4-1 SoCon) next Saturday, Oct. 28 for Homecoming weekend. Advance tickets are available online at CatamountSports.com with hte WCU Athletics Ticket Office open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
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