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Catamount Football Weekly: Vs. ETSU

Oct. 10, 2017

Cullowhee, N.C. - Ranked No. 21 and 25 in this week's national polls, Western Carolina football returns home to the friendly confines of E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field this Saturday, Oct. 14 to host mountain-rival ETSU in a key Southern Conference game. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm.

Individual game tickets for Saturday, as well as special mini-plans for the remaining three home dates that also includes the Oct. 28 Homecoming date with Furman, are on sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (800) 34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401, or online at

Fans can follow Saturday's game vs. ETSU on the Catamount Sports Network with air time of the Pepsi Pregame Show at 2:30 pm ahead of the 3:30 pm kickoff. WCU's broadcast production can also be seen on ESPN3.

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Saturday marks the first series meeting between WCU and ETSU in Cullowhee since 2002 -- a 27-7 loss for the Catamounts to the Bucs. Last season, the series was reignited in a big way as the two met inside the "Last Great Colosseum" -- the World's Fastest Half Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway, in one of just two football games held at the race track.

Following consecutive road games in league play, Western Carolina (4-2, 2-1 SoCon) returns home looking to continue a three-game winning streak in Cullowhee that dates back to the home finale vs. VMI a season ago. The Catamounts look to shake off last weekend's tough overtime loss at No. 5 Wofford and stay in the race for the conference championship behind the Terriers, entering the week tied with Samford (4-2, 2-1 SoCon) and Furman (3-3, 2-1 SoCon) in league play.

ETSU (3-3, 1-2 SoCon) enters the weekend riding a 16-3 Homecoming victory over Robert Morris. The Buccaneers have averaged nearly 28 points in three league games this fall including most recently putting 35 on the board in a battle at Furman to close the month of September. The Bucs rallied from a 21-3 second quarter deficit in Bristol last season, scoring 24-consecutive points and ultimately grabbing a 10-point, 34-24, fourth quarter edge on the way to the 34-31 victory in the first series meeting since 2003.



In this week's Catamount Football Weekly, WCU sixth-year head coach Mark Speir reflects on the road loss at fifth-ranked Wofford before turning his attention to the Bucs.