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Post-Game Notes: Western Carolina vs. The Citadel

Oct. 22, 2011

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Post-Game Notes
The Citadel 35, Western Carolina 7
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. - Oct. 22, 2011

With the Loss...
- It snaps a two-game winning streak for Western Carolina over The Citadel in the all-time head-to-head series ... WCU now trails in the all-time series, 15-20-1;

- WCU suffered its 11th-straight loss 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;

-Western Carolina dropped to 17-20-1 in Homecoming games since moving into Whitmire Stadium in 1974;

Post-Game Notes:
- After averaging 29 points per game through the first five games of the 2011 season, Western Carolina has been limited to seven points in each of its last two games at Chattanooga and Saturday against The Citadel;

- Junior defensive back Elijer Martiez collected the first interception of his career when he picked off a pass by Bulldog quarterback Aaron Miller in the third quarter ... It is the third interception by the Catamount defense this season - the first by a defensive back as linebackers Courtland Carson and Marcus Stokes made the first two INTs of the year for WCU;

- Freshman Garrett Brown scored his second career touchdown - his first one receiving - on a 61-yard pass from quarterback Zac Brindise ... the 61-yard reception was also a career-long for Brown who earlier in the game made his first reception in the Purple & Gold ... Brown ended the game with a career-high 91 yards receiving on three catches, matching a team-high for the game;

- Senior quarterback Zac Brindise made his first start this season for Western Carolina Saturday afternoon against The Citadel ... the Fort Myers, Fla., native threw for 175 yards, his best output of the year;

- The Citadel kicked away from WCU's dangerous return man, George Richardson, kicking short to an up-back three times and twice kicking the ball out-of-bounds ... Richardson, who entered the game ranked 12th in the nation in kickoff return average at 28.20 yards per return, did get his hands on the game's final kickoff, returning it 32 yards to help set-up the Catamounts' lone score of the game;

- Because of The Citadel kicking away from him, Richardson was limited to 78 all-purpose yards -- 73 below his seasonal average of 146 ... Richardson tallied 45 receiving yards, 32 on his lone kickoff return and one-yard on a punt return;

- Western Carolina was limited to just 236 yards of total yards of offense by The Citadel ... It is the lowest output of the season for WCU ... the Bulldogs held a 14-minute advantage in time of possession - it is the third time this season WCU's defense has been on the field for 14-or-more minutes with the other two coming at Georgia Southern (14:28) and at home against Furman (19:42);

-Redshirt freshman Ace Clark led the team with a career-high 11 tackles;

- The Citadel's 28-point margin of victory is the largest for the Bulldogs in the all-time, head-to-head series with Western Carolina;

- Western Carolina's home loss to The Citadel (35-7 on Oct. 22) handed the Catamounts six losses on the season and means the sixth-straight losing overall record at season's end - and the 22nd since joining the SoCon in 1976;

Miscellaneous Notes:
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday afternoon's game were; junior running back #5 Michael Johnson; senior wide receiver #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;

- The Citadel won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.