Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Game #5 - Wofford

In the fifth game of the 2016 season, Wofford travels to Cullowhee for what will be the Cats second straight home game, and the third in Cullowhee this season. Unfortunately last week, the Citadel broke the Cats home game winning streak, so Western is now 1-1 on the season at home.

When: Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 pm
Where: E. J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV / video:  American Sports Network (ASN) - Talent: Pete Yanity (pxp), Will Merritt (color), Katie Miller  -  Find your Station    - List of Stations

The Series:  In a series that started in 1952, the Cats and Terriers have played a total of 38 times, and the Cats are 10-9-0 against the Terriers in games played in Cullowhee. The Cats are 14-24 overall against the Terriers. bur have won the last two times the two teams played.

Last Year's Record (Wofford):  5-6 overall,  (home 3-3,  road 2-3)  3-4 in the SoCon.  The Terriers lost to The Citadel, Western Carolina, Chattanooga, and Samford last season.

Last Season's Game vs. Wofford  (October 17th 2015)
Western Carolina Fends Off Wofford for Road Victory, 24-17  -  Troy Mitchell threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns and Western Carolina capitalized on five Wofford turnovers as the Catamounts held off the Terriers, 24-17, in Southern Conference action Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. After mounting fourth-quarter rallies for the first two wins in the current three-game win streak, it was the Catamount defense which was called upon to stand tall in the final frame on Saturday.

The 2016 season:  Coming into Cullowhee, the Terriers are 3-2 on the season, and 1-1 in the SoCon. Wofford opened the season with a win over Tennessee Tech in Cookville. Tn., then dropped their second game, again on the road to Ole Miss. In their home opener, they dominated Johnson C. Smith, then repeated that performance against ETSU, again in Spartanburg. Last week on the road again, the Terriers dropped a 2 point loss to Samford in Birmingham, giving the Terriers a 1-2 record on the road.

Game Notes:    Western Carolina     -      Wofford

2016 Wofford Statistics (5 games):
Rushing Offense: 1550 yards (310 per game average)
Yards per rush: 5.4 yards
TDs rushing: 15
Passing Offense: 388 yards (78 yards per game)
Yards per pass: 12.1
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 53-32-0
Total Offense: 1938 yards or 388 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 7-2
Penalties-Yards: 32 - 290 yards
3d Down Conversions: 35 of 73 or 48%
4th Down Conversions: 10 of 14 or 71%
Field Goals - Attempts: 6 of 9
Red-Zone Scores: 19 of 20
Red-Zone Touchdows: 14 of 20
On-side kicks:  0 - 0
Punts (No. Yards): 15 (677 yds)
Avg, per punt: 45 yds

The Terriers are second in the nation in rushing offense and first in rushing defense, and second in total defense and 54th in total offense. The Terrier defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season and only allowed 30 rushing yards by the Samford Bulldogs last Saturday. However, the Terrier defensive unit gave up a total of 315 passing yards.

For the Terriers on offense, Lorenzo Long had 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It marked his eleventh career 100 yard game and third this season.

The 11 penalties called on Wofford for 111 yards are a season high  for the Terriers. Placle kicker David Marvin had a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter, the seventh longest in school history.

Brad Butler (starting QB) will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury suffered against ETSU. He did not make the trip to Samford. Chris Boudreaux and Devin Watson left the Samford game due to injuries.

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