Oct. 25, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina will host the No. 11 Wofford College Terriers under the lights at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU (check local listings for availability). Catamount fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game tonight in support of the team, and the WCU Athletics Department will also be passing out purple pom-poms for the event.
The WCU Ticket Office in the Ramsey Center will be open until 4:30 pm with the ticket windows at Whitmire opening at 5:30 pm. Only telephone ticket orders will be taken prior to the game by calling (800) 34-GOWCU - and a reminder that there are no discounts offered at the gate, only on advance ticket sales today.
Festivities commence at 4:00 pm as WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee will be broadcasting live-on-location from the porch of the Jordan-Phillips Field House. At 4:30 pm, the Catamount Football team will gather at Alumni Tower in front of the A.K. Hinds University Center for the "Cat Walk" across campus to the Ramsey Center and their locker room for pre-game.
At 6:00 pm, the station-produced tailgate show, "Catamount GameDay" will countdown to the Catamount Sports Network's coverage of the game beginning at 6:30 pm. The Catamount Sports Network broadcast can be heard across Western North Carolina on six stations: 680 AM WRGC in Sylva; 920 WPTL in Canton; 1480 AM WPFJ "The Dove" in Franklin; 1590 AM WBHN in Bryson City; 1600 AM WTZQ in Hendersonville; and on the flagship station, WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee. Fans can also listen online by logging on to www.CatamountSports.com, www.WWCUFM.com and www.WRGC.com.
Fans can also follow the game live with GameTracker, presented by Carolina West Sports Medicine and the WestCare Health System by logging on to CatamountSports.com.
Fans will want to be in the stadium early as the Western Carolina Department of Athletics will honor all of its student-athletes with its annual "Parade of Athletes" prior to the game. Student-athletes from all of its 16 sports will be represented as the encircle the turf prior to the pre-game festivities. Following the Parade of Athletes, the "Pride of the Mountains Marching Band" will perform prior to the national feed going live at approximately 7:30 pm.
Thursday's game marks the 30th meeting all-time between the Catamounts and the Terriers with Wofford leading the all-time series, 17-12. The Terriers have won four of the last five - and eight of the last 10 - meetings overall. However, Western's last win over Wofford was a historic one as the Catamounts blanked Wofford, 24-0, in its last visit to Cullowhee in 2005 marking the first - and only - time the Terriers have been shutout in Southern Conference play.
Playing under the lights during the week is nothing new to Western Carolina. Dating back to 1988, Western has played six times on Thursday - all in Cullowhee - compiling a perfect 6-0 record. The Catamounts' most recent triumph on Thursday came in the 2006 season-opener, a 42-0 thrashing of Chowan. All told, WCU has outscored its opponents 255-51 in Thursday night games and had two shutouts (Chowan and Mars Hill).
Thursday's game - which will be a nationally televised game on ESPNU - marks the fifth time since 1978 that the Catamounts have appeared on the ESPN family, including parent company, ABC. Western's first-ever television appearance came regionally on ABC in 1978 against arch-rival Appalachian State in Cullowhee. The following year, 1979, in just the second game ever telecasted by ESPN, Western dropped a close 35-27 affair with arch-rival, Appalachian State, in Boone. In 1983, ABC aired Western's appearance in the I-AA National Championship game with Southern Illinois nationally, with the most recent ESPN broadcast originating from Cullowhee in 1988 against East Tennessee State, a 33-23 Catamount victory.
Again, kickoff is set for 7:30 pm tonight with the Parade of Athletes set to begin just before 7:15 pm.