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Post-Game Notes: Western Carolina at #8 Appalachian State

Nov. 12, 2011

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Post-Game Notes
Appalachian State 46, Western Carolina 14
Kidd Brewer Stadium
Boone, N.C. - Nov. 12, 2011

With the Loss...
- Western Carolina has now lost 14-straight games in Southern Conference play - the longest such drought since going winless in 20-straight league games from the end 2005 until Nov. 1, 2008;

- WCU lost its 18th-straight game to a nationally-ranked FCS opponent;

-The Catamounts dropped their seventh-straight loss to Appalachian State in the all-time, head-to-head series - and 14-straight road meeting in the series dating back to 1984;

- Western Carolina (1-9, 0-8) finishes Southern Conference play winless for the third time in the past six seasons, also doing so in the 2006 and '07 seasons.

Post-Game Notes:
- Western Carolina was held to season lows in several statistical categories by the Mountaineer defense: WCU's 11 first downs were the fewest gained this year ... previous low was 13, twice against both Elon and Furman ... The Catamounts were held to just 20 rushing yards combined thanks in part to three ASU sacks that totaled 30 yards ... All told, WCU matched its season-low in total offensive output with 236 combined yards, equaling the total recorded against The Citadel earlier this season;

- Western Carolina's offense went three-and-out on its first two possessions before picking up its first, first down of the game on a 26-yard, pitch-and-catch from Zac Brindise to senior tight end Andrew Rogers ... the drive stalled after that, however, with a third Blake Cain punt;

- WCU held Appalachian State to a pair of first quarter field goals and just six points ... It is the fewest first quarter points by an opponent allowed this season by the Catamounts ... WCU held both Elon and Furman to seven points earlier this season;

- Appalachian's Drew Stewart connected on four field goals in the first half, matching a Mountaineer school record ... It also marked the first-time since 2009 that a WCU opponent had kicked four field goals in a game when Chattanooga's Craig Camay accomplished the feat ... He added a fifth field goal in the third quarter to establish an ASU benchmark and a sixth in the fourth quarter ... He also set a Mountaineer record for kicking points in a game;

- Following an injury to Zac Brindise (broken collar bone) on a blind side sack, sophomore QB Brandon Pechloff returned to the backfield at QB for the Catamounts for the first-time since the Oct. 15 game at Chattanooga ... Unfortunately, his first pass attempt was intercepted for the second turnover of the game for WCU ... It was his 10th interception in the past five games after not tossing a pick in his first two outings of 2011;

- At halftime, the Catamounts had been out-gained on offense 294-to-30 yards with only three first downs ... Time of possession also heavily favored the Mountaineers nearly 2-to-1 - ASU had the ball nearly 20 minutes as opposed to WCU's 10 minutes of the opening half;

- Pechloff threw his first touchdown pass since the Chattanooga (10/15/11) game, finding George Richardson on a 32-yard strike in the fourth quarter ... It was Richardson's second receiving score of the season - and of his career;

- Junior tight end Nate Stephenson made both his first career reception and his first career touchdown all on the same play in the fourth quarter ... the Jacksonville, Fla., native caught a streak for a 54-yard score, Pechloff's second passing TD of the game ... Stephenson started his WCU career on the defensive line before converting to offense at TE;

- Redshirt freshman wide receiver made his first collegiate reception in the fourth quarter - a 14-yard catch;

- Official attendance at Saturday's game was 30,622 - it is the fourth-largest crowd in Kidd Brewer Stadium history.

Miscellaneous Notes:
- Western Carolina's team captains for Saturday afternoon's game were members of its senior class; linebacker #34 Ricky Schwarz; defensive back #46 Brett Allen; punter #48 Blake Cain; defensive lineman #55 Walt Woolwine; tight end #85 Andrew Rogers; tight end #86 Taylor Spangler; and defensive lineman#98 Trey Selby;

- Western Carolina won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff;

- The Catamounts wore their road white jerseys over purple pants for the first-time this season - and the first-time since the road game at Elon in 2010 (11/7/2010) ... With the loss, WCU fell to 2-5 under head coach Dennis Wagner in the white over purple combination.