Monday, October 10, 2016

Game #6: Mercer

For their sixth game of the season, the Catamounts travel to Macon to face the Mercer Bears. This will be only the second time for the Cats traveling to Mercer in football.

When:  Saturday, October 15th  at 4:00 pm  ET
Where:  Five Star Stadium. Macon, GA
Radio:  Catamount Sports Network 
TV / video:  ESPN3
Game Notes:   Western Carolina         -         Mercer         

The Series:  This will be only the third meeting between the Catamounts and Bears on the gridiron. The first meeting in 2014 in Macon, and the Cats won both previous meetings.

Last year’s record (Mercer): 5-6 overall  (home: 3-3, away: 2-3),  2-5 in the SoCon

Last Season's Game vs. Mercer (Oct. 10, 2015):
Fourth Quarter Rally Lifts Western Carolina over Mercer, 24-21  - Sophomore tailback Detrez Newsome capped a 91-yard game-winning scoring drive with a 22-yard romp inside the final minute on Saturday afternoon as Western Carolina rallied past the Mercer Bears, 24-21, in Southern Conference action at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Newsome burst up the middle on a fourth down rush to provide the go-ahead score, tallying his sixth rushing TD of the season, having scored at least one in each of WCU's five games this season. Mercer (2-3, 0-2 SoCon) had one last opportunity, but a Jagger Lieb 42-yard attempt sailed wide left as time expired giving the Catamounts (3-2, 1-1 SoCon) their fourth-straight home victory. -

Offensive Formation: Pistol  (spread that resembles those of Western Carolina and Chattanooga out of the Pistol)

Defensive Formation: 3-4

2016 Mercer Statistics (5 games)
Rushing Offense: 818 yards
Yards per game: 152
Yards per rush: 4.2 yards
TDs rushing: 9
Passing Offense: 1137 yards or 227 yards per game
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 164-104-3
Total Offense: 1897 yards or 379 yards per game
Passing 1st downs: 47
Rushing 1st downs: 46
Fumbles-Lost: 5 - 3
3d Down Conversions: 31 of 70 or 44%
4th Down Conversions: 2 of 5 or 40%
Red-Zone Scores: 17 of 19
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 12 of 19
On-side kicks: 0 - 1
Sacks - Yards lost: 13 - 101
Punts - Avg. yards:  21  - 39 yards per punt

The Bears are 1-1 in games played in Macon this year, having lost to the Citadel and won against Tennessee Tech in Five Start Stadium. The Bears are 1-2 in conference play, having won in Lexington beating VMI in overtime 33-30. The two losses were against the Citadel and an ugly loss against Chattanooga.

Interestingly, Mercer is tied for last place in scoring defense, giving up 33.6 points per game - tied with Western Carolina. In rushing offense, Mercer comes in at #4 in the conference while the Cats are at #6 - in rushing defense, the Bears are at #5 giving up 189 yards per game on the ground, while the Cats are dead last, giving away 317 yards per game.

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