Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 Football Game #9: VMI

For their ninth game of the season, the Catamounts remain in Cullowhee for the fifth and final home game of the season.

The Cats have won both games against the Keydets since their return to the Southern Conference in 2014, can we make it three in a row?

When: Saturday, November 5th - Time 2:00 pm
Where: E. J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV / video: ESPN3

The Series: Western currently leads the series with VMI, by an 18-3 margin. The Cats and Keydets first played on the gridiron in 1978, and the Cats currently own a thirteen game winning streak over the Keydets.

Last year’s record (VMI):  2-9 overall, 1-5 home, 1-4 away (1-6 SoCon)

Last Season's Game vs. VMI: (November 21, 2015)
Western Carolina Outlasts Keydets in Regular Season Finale, 24-20 - Detrez Newsome accounted for 230 yards of total offense and two touchdowns including a game-winning fourth quarter plunge as Western Carolina survived its first trip to Foster Stadium since 2002, downing the VMI Keydets, 24-20, on Saturday afternoon in Southern Conference action. Newsome capped a four-play, 70-yard drive with a powerful two-yard run to push the Catamounts ahead for what proved to be for good with just over two minutes remaining in Saturday's fourth quarter. But behind the arm of quarterback Al Cobb, the Keydet offense moved back down the field and into the red zone.

Game Notes:              Western Carolina        -           VMI   

This season's record (VMI):  3-5 overall, 1-2 home, 2-3 away (1-4 SoCon)

Offensive Formation:  Spread

Defensive Formation:  3-4

In this meeting of the SoCon's 7th and 9th place teams, WCU takes a slight lead in scoring offense with 22.6 points per game, with VMI coming in at 21/9 points per game. In scoring defense, the Keydets come in at 6th place, giving up just 28.2 points while the Cats are giving up 34.2 points per game. In the running game the Cats are averaging 143.5 yards, while VMI comes in at 8th place with 108 yards per game. In defending the run, the Cats are dead last giving up 300 yards per game on the ground, while the Keyets are in 4th place only giving up176.6 yards. In passing yardage, the Cats are in 4th place with 242.6 yards, while VMI comes in at 3d place with 250.6 yards per game.

2016 VMI Statistics  (8 games) 
Rushing Offense: 864 yards
Yards per game: 108
Yards per rush: 3.0 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 39
Passing Offense: 2005 yards or 251 yards per game
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 190-304-9
Passing 1st downs: 91
Total Offense: 2869 yards or 359 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 6 - 2
3d Down Conversions: 41 of 130 (32%)
4th Down Conversions: 5 of 18 (28%)
Punts - Avg:  48 - 38 yards per
Red-Zone Scores: 23-29 (79%)
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 18-29 (62%)
Field-Goal-Attempts: 6-16
On-Side Kicks:  0 - 0
Kick offs / avg per kick:  35 - 62 yards per

Scott Wachenheim is in his second year as the head coach of VMI.

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