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Post-Game Notes: Western Carolina vs. Appalachian State

Oct. 27, 2012

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Post-Game Notes
Appalachian State 38, Western Carolina 27
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. - Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012

With the Loss...
- Western Carolina dropped its eighth-straight football game in 2012 since winning its season-opener ... it was also the eighth-straight defeat for the Catamounts to their archrival, Appalachian State;

- WCU now trails in its history with Appalachian State 18-58-1 including 9-24-1 all-time in Cullowhee ... Overall, the Catamounts have lost 26 of last 28 meetings with Appalachian State;

- The Catamounts have now dropped 21-straight games to nationally ranked teams, last defeating a ranked opponent back in 2006 - a 20-17 victory over #19 Eastern Kentucky ... WCU fell to 11-72-3 all-time against ranked foes, 0-4 against teams ranked 15th in the country;

- Western Carolina was also relegated to its 21st-straight loss in Southern Conference play, the program's longest winless drought in league play since joining the SoCon ... WCU also dropped 20-straight from the final game of 2005 through Nov. 1, 2008 ... the current skid is the third longest winless drought in Southern Conference history.

Post-Game Notes:
- Attendance at Saturday's 77th overall meeting and the 37th "Battle for the Old Mountain Jug" game was 13,279, the 10th largest in E.J. Whitmire Stadium history ... Including Saturday's attendance, now eight of the top-10 crowds in Whitmire Stadium history have been against Appalachian State;

- Western Carolina's 74-yard pass and catch touchdown play from true freshman quarterback Troy Mitchell to redshirt junior receiver Deja Alexander was a career-long for both ... It was also the longest pass and reception of the season for WCU, besting the previous longest reception of 62-yards from Eddie Sullivan to Karnorris Benson at Wofford back on September 15, 2012 ... the TD catch was the fourth of Alexander's career;

- Mitchell officially rushed for 91 yards, the second-most rushing yards for the rookie this season ... His career-high in a game was 117 at The Citadel ... Mitchell had 139 yards on the ground, but was sacked seven times for 48 yards of losses;

- Freshman QB Troy Mitchell's two rushing touchdowns against Appalachian State tied his career single-game high ... It was the third time this season Mitchell has rushed for a pair of TDs ... All told, Mitchell accounted for three of WCU's four scores, adding the passing touchdown to Alexander and a two-point conversion rush;

- Senior tailback Michael Johnson's five-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter was the 14th rushing TD of his career ... He enters his final two career games six shy of WCU's top-10 for rushing touchdowns;

- Senior linebacker Rock Williams finished the game with 23 total tackles against Appalachian State, one shy of matching his career-high of 24 set two weeks ago at The Citadel ... Williams had eight solo stops, matching freshman defensive back Sertonuse Harris for the game-high, while also forcing a fumble giving him a team-high four for the season ... Harris also recovered a fumble on the afternoon becoming the ninth different Catamount defender to recover a fumble this year;

- Including 23 stops on Saturday, Rock Williams now has 99 total tackles on the season despite missing two games due to an ankle injury ... Williams also has 310 career tackles, moving onto WCU's all-time career top 10 in ninth place ... Williams moved past now 11th-place Steve Yates (306 tackles, 1971-74) and now 10th-place Clyde Simmons (307 tackles, 1982-85);

- Junior linebacker Courtland Carson and freshman teammate Sertonuse Harris both finished with 16 tackles ... Carson added a quarterback sack, one of three for the Catamount defense ... WCU now has 12 sacks on the year, its most since 2010.

Miscellaneous Notes:
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday afternoon's game were: senior running back #5 Michael Johnson; senior linebacker #32 Nathaniel Sedergren; senior linebacker #51 Rock Williams; and senior offensive lineman #65 Teddy Rhoney ... Appalachian State won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff;

- Western Carolina's honorary captain during Saturday's game was former Catamount quarterback, Lonnie Galloway (1990-93) ... Galloway, who also spent time on the coaching staff at Appalachian State, is currently on Jim Grobe's coaching staff at Wake Forest ... He was joined on the field during pregame by three of his favorite targets - the "Three Amigos" in wide receivers Craig Aiken (1991-94), Kerry Hayes (1991-94) and David Patten (1992-95).