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Post-Game Notes: No. 24 Western Carolina at The Citadel

Connell Young capped WCU's game-opening drive with an 8-yard touchdown reception in Saturday's road win over The Citadel. (Photos by Zach Bland)
Nov. 5, 2017

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Post-Game Notes
Western Carolina 31, The Citadel 19
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Charleston, S.C. – Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Att: 7,384

With the win . . .
- Halted a two-game slide for the Catamounts in the all-time series with The Citadel … WCU’s first victory over The Citadel since 2014;
- Ended a two-game road winless skid against The Citadel, WCU’s first road win in the series since 2010;
- Pushed the Catamounts above the seven-win threshold on the year … It was WCU’s third, 7-win season under sixth-year head coach Mark Speir – and just the seventh, 7-or-more win season by WCU football since going NCAA Division I in 1976;
- Gave WCU head coach Mark Speir his 26th career victory at WCU.

Post-Game Notes:
- Western Carolina senior RB Detrez Newsome rushed for 197 yards on Saturday at The Citadel, his second 100-yard rushing performance since returning from injury … It was Newsome’s 15th career 100-yard rushing game tying him with former tailbacks Otis McIntosh (1968-71) and Brad Hoover (1996-99) for the second-most, 100 yard rushing games in program history … All-time leading rusher, Darrell Lipford (1974-77), rushed for 100+ yards in 22 games during his career;

- Newsome collected his 36th career rushing touchdown Saturday at The Citadel, moving him into sole possession of second in program history, just one rushing score from tying Otis McIntosh (37, 1968-71) for the all-time program record … Newsome already owns WCU’s all-time record for career TDs with 45 (36 rushing, 7 receiving, 2 kickoff returns);

- Newsome has 933 seasonal rushing yards, moving to within 67 yards of his school-record third-consecutive, 1,000-yard rushing season, which would make him the first Catamount to have three-consecutive seasons of over 1,000 yards on the ground;

 

 

- Newsome has 3,561 career rushing yards, just 55 yards shy of second-place Brad Hoover (1996-99) who amassed 3,616 career rushing yards during his career … Lipford is WCU’s all-time leading rusher with 4,089 yards gained on the ground;

- Redshirt senior WR Terryon Robinson finished with six catches for 71 yards on Saturday with a pair of receiving scores … Robinson now has 2,687 career receiving yards, moving into sixth in program history to by-pass former Catamount Craig Aiken (1991-94) who had 2,654 yards receiving … Robinson is just 136 receiving yards shy of fifth-place Michael Banks (2,823 yards from 1999-2002);

- Robinson hauled in two receiving touchdowns on Saturday giving him 18 in his Western Carolina career, moving him into a tie for sixth in program history matching the late Jerry Gaines (18, 1970-74) … Robinson leapt over the two-way tie between Spearman Robinson (2012-16) and Marquel Pittman (2007-10) who both had 17 career receiving scores;

- Junior safety Marvin Tillman became a third Catamount this season to record two interceptions in a single-game … He matched defensive back counterparts Shamon Elliott who had two picks in the home win over Davidson and John Brannon III who had a pair of picks in the home victory over ETSU … Tillman has six career interceptions over the past three seasons;

- Tillman has a team-high five interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the Southern Conference … WCU has a SoCon-leading 13 interceptions collectively on the year, the most by a Catamount defense since recording 14 picks back in 2006;

- Four Catamounts finished with double-digit tackles in the road win at The Citadel with linebackers Daniel Riddle and A.J. Newman finishing with 13 apiece … It was the 13th double-digit tackle outing in Riddle’s career while Newman established a career-high with his third double-digit tackle performance … Senior LB Kendall White recorded a career-best 11 tackles while for a second-straight week, DL Nate Link tallied a career-high in finishing with 10 tackles;

- WCU limited the run-oriented Bulldog offense to a season-low 53 yards through the air on Saturday … It was the third opponent this year that WCU held below the 100-yard mark: The Citadel (53 yards), Furman (60 yards), Wofford (73 yards) … WCU leads the SoCon in passing defense at 155.7 yards per game;

- After surrendering eight sacks in last year’s meeting in Cullowhee, the Catamounts did not allow a single sack on Saturday against the Bulldogs in Charleston;

- For the second time since 2014 against The Citadel, the Western Carolina defense created a turnover out of a would-be scoring play at the goal line: Tra Hardy tracked down Bulldog back Cam Jackson at the goal line, punching the football loose before Jackson crossed the goal line to create a fumble that Keion Crossen pounced on for the WCU takeaway – all of which was reversed from the original TD call on the field by instant replay ... the play was reminiscent of a similar play in 2014 when Isiaha Smith had the ball knocked loose by Trey Morgan before he crossed the goal line where Christon Gill recovered.

Miscellaneous Notes:
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday evening's game were: senior DB #35 Keion Crossen, redshirt senior LB #58 Daniel Riddle, redshirt senior OL #68 Tanner Poindexter, and redshirt junior punter #83 Ian Berryman ... The Citadel won the coin toss and deferred to the second half … WCU received the opening kickoff;

- Redshirt junior OL #65 Kaleb Spry carried the American flag prior to Saturday’s game while defensive lineman #49 Nate Link carried the “All You Got” flag;

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