Western Carolina 32, VMI 29
E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field
Cullowhee, N.C. - Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
With the win ...
- Western Carolina snaps a six-game seasonal losing skid, scoring its first victory since Sept. 10 … the victory also ends WCU’s three-game home winless drought … Both of WCU’s victories this year have come at home;
- The Catamounts extended their current winning streak to 14-straight victory over VMI in the all-time head-to-head series … It also keeps WCU a perfect 12-0 against the Keydets in games played in Cullowhee;
- Also gives Western Carolina its third-straight victory on Hall of Fame and Senior Day, which includes a 2014 win over VMI and last year’s 48-10 win over Furman in the home finale.
- The 32 points scored by WCU is the second most points scored by the Catamounts this season … Western Carolina scored the most points this season in a 44-14 win over Gardner-Webb on Sept. 10;
- Western Carolina blocked four VMI placekicks in the game including two point after touchdown (PAT) tries and a pair of field goal attempts … Junior DL Ezavian Dunn was credited with two blocks with defensive line mate Jake Helms credited with one … Tahjai Watt blocked the final VMI field goal attempt on the WCU 16-yard line with 1:37 left in the game;
- Sophomore kicker Logan Howard booted a career-long, 50-yard field goal in the game … the 50-yarder was the longest successful field goal by a WCU kicker since Clark Sechrest split the uprights from 51 yards out as time expired in the first half against Wofford back in 2011;
- Terryon Robinson’s game-winning touchdown reception was a career-best 53 yards for the redshirt junior wide receiver … His previous long was a 48-yard catch against East Carolina earlier this season … Robinson … Robinson finished with nine catches in the game giving him 164 career receptions to move into sixth in the program record book, by-passing former Catamount Jon Reed (161, 1987-90);
- Spearman Robinson finished with five receptions – and pass for the important two-point conversion inside the game’s final minute, completing a pass to QB Tyrie Adams … Robinson now has 143 career receptions to move inside WCU’s all-time career top 10, by-passing Craig Aiken (139, 1991-94), Jeff Dean (142, 1978-81), and Eddie Cohen (142, 2004-07);
- With 207 passing yards against VMI, Adams pushes his seasonal total to 2,142 the 14th quarterback in WCU history dating back to 1967 to go over 2,000 passing yards in a season;
- Junior Detrez Newsome logged 111 rushing yards against VMI, his second-straight game of eclipsing 100 yards and his 10th career 100+ yard game … He finished with 180 all-purpose yards, adding 47 yards on kick returns and 22 yards receiving … It is the and the 23rd time in his career that he has surpassed the 100 all-purpose yard mark;
- Senior LB Coleman Cunningham, making his second career start, came up with his first career interception … Dropping back into zone coverage, Cunningham made a leaping grab to snare the ball out of the air in the first quarter;
- Junior DB Keion Crossen had a strong game in multiple facets, scooping an early fumble forced by redshirt freshman Skyler Matheson and scampering 19 yards for his first career touchdown … He also added a 38-yard kickoff return on a trick play … Crossen nearly tallied his second TD of the day after making his third career interception – he returned the pick 65 yards, just stepping out of bounds at the 11-yard line just shy of taking it all the way back for six;
- Redshirt sophomore punter Ian Berryman crested the 100-career punt plateau on Saturday afternoon on his second kick of the game … Berryman dropped four of his six punts inside the Keydet 20-yard line giving him 16 on the season.
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday evening’s game were: senior DB #3 Fred Payne; junior RB #21 Detrez Newsome; redshirt junior linebacker #58 Daniel Riddle; and senior OL #62 Ethan James; … Redshirt senior TE #15 Michael Helms, Jr. carried the American Flag and senior LB #27 Tyson Dickson carried the “All You Got” flag ... VMI won the coin toss and elected to receive;
- Prior to the game, Western Carolina recognized its 14 Catamount football seniors: #59 Chandler Addertion; #33 Coleman Cunningham; #71 Matt DeGraffenreid; #27 Tyson Dickson; #6 C.J. Goodman; #15 Michael Helms Jr.; #62 Ethan James; #49 Fred Mooring; #26 Trey Morgan; #95 Daniel Nash; #3 Fred Payne; #8 Spearman Robinson; #90 Tashion Singleton; and #57 Avery Worsham … WCU also recognized its senior athletic equipment and athletic training student assistants including Zack Pleasants, Dan Edwards, Tommy Tate, and Christina Voudouris;
- Also honored on Saturday were the nine senior Catamount cheerleaders: Madison Buscemi, Morgan Childress, Scott Fish, Ashley Foster, Kayla LeDuc, Chelsea Henderson, Blythe McNeely, Kaylan Puckett, and D.J. Williams … Also the four members of the WCU Dance Team: Staci Batts, Marina Lee, Kristan Phipps, and Brittany Rowland … At halftime, 44 members of the “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band were also recognized in their final home appearance;
- Pam DeGraffenreid – the widow of WCU Hall of Fame member, long-time member of the Catamount athletics coaching staff, Al “Mutt” DeGraffenreid – her daughter, Cetera, and senior student assistant football coach Al DeGraffenreid took part in the pregame coin toss on Hall of Fame and Senior Day;
- Between the first and second quarters, the Catamount baseball team – 2016 Southern Conference Tournament Champions – were honored with a special on-field presentation … the baseball team received their 2016 SoCon Tournament Championship rings earlier in the day at a special ceremony;
- At halftime, the two newest inductees into the Western Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame – Mike Biggerstaff and Fred Cantler – were honored on the field with a special ceremony.