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Catamount Football Weekly: at VMI

Western Carolina blocked four placekicks in last year's series win over VMI in Cullowhee.

Oct. 17, 2017

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina looks for its sixth victory of the season and to keep pace in a tight Southern Conference race as the No. 21/19 Catamounts travel north to Lexington, Va., to face the VMI Keydets on Saturday, Oct. 21. Kickoff from Foster Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 pm.

Fans can follow Saturday's game through the Catamount Sports Network with air time of the Pepsi Tailgate Show at 12:30 pm. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 through a VMI production.

Western Carolina (5-2, 3-1 SoCon) shook off a sluggish first half against upset-minded ETSU last Saturday in Cullowhee to score the 49-10 victory, scoring in all three phases of the game. Redshirt freshman running back Donnavan Spencer rushed for a career-high 139 yards and four touchdowns, while John Brannon III collected SoCon weekly defensive honors with a pair of interceptions including a 41-yard return for a score in the win. WCU also blocked a punt with Tyran Reynolds scooping-and-scoring in the strong second half effort for the Purple & Gold.

Prior to this season, Lexington, Va., was the site of the most recent WCU road victory at the conclusion of the 2015 season, 24-20. And though the Catamounts enjoy a 14-game winning streak in the all-time series, the last two meetings have been decided by a single-possession as WCU held off VMI, 32-29, in Cullowhee a season ago.

VMI (0-7, 0-4 SoCon) has dropped 13-straight games dating back to last season, but continues to present challenges to league opposition. Nationally-ranked Samford scored 20 first half points, but was limited to a pair of second half field goals in a 26-7 win in Lexington back on Oct. 7.

In this week's Catamount Football Weekly, WCU sixth-year head coach Mark Speir looks back at the home victory over mountain-rival, ETSU, before turning his attention to the Keydets.