Monday, October 2, 2017

Game #6: at #5 Wofford

In game six of the season, the Cats travel to Spartanburg, SC to meet the SoCon preseason favorites and the only remaining SoCon team without a loss this season, the #5 nationally ranked Wofford Terriers.

In a series that started in 1952, The Cats & Terriers have played a total of 39 times, with Western winning the last 2 of  3 games against the Terriers.

When: Saturday, October 7 at 1:30 pm
Where: Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, SC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
   Talent - Gary Ayers, Daniel Hooker, Jeff Bryson, Greg McLamb
TV / video: ESPN3
   Talent:  Mark Hauser (pxp), Thom Henson (color), & Van Hipp (side)
Game Notes:   Western Carolina    -     Wofford     -     SoCon Weekly Release
Fan Message Board:   Terrier

Head Coach: Mike Ayers (Georgetown, Ky. ‘74)
Record at Wofford: 197-136-1 (30 yrs)
Career Record: 208-157-2 (33 yrs)
Basic Offense: Wingbone / Triple Option
Basic Defense: Multiple 50
Lettermen Returning / Lost: 50 / 27
Starters Returning / Lost (O/D/S): 5 (6/8/1) / 10 (5/3/2)
The Series: The Cats are 14-25 overall against the Terriers. having won the last two of the last three games played.

The last time we played Wofford: Oct. 8, 2016 - Catamount Football Tripped by the Wofford Terriers, 31-19 - Cullowhee, N.C. - Redshirt junior receiver Terryon Robinson tied a school-record with 15 receptions including a pair of touchdown grabs on Saturday night, but it was not enough as Western Carolina dropped a 31-19 decision to the Wofford Terriers in Southern Conference action at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Logan Howard added a pair of field goals as the Catamounts suffered their third-straight defeat of the season. WCU dropped to 1-4 overall, 0-3 in the SoCon while Wofford improved to 4-2 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Last Season's Record (Wofford): 10-4 overall, 5-1 home, 5-3 away, 6-2 in the SoCon  (lost to Youngstown State in first round of the playoffs in double-overtime, 23-30)

Games played by the Terriers this year prior to the WCU game:  (4)   Record:  4-0 overall,  2-0 SoCon, 2-0 home, 2-0 away
- Furman (home) The Wofford College football team opened the season with a 24-23 win over Furman on Saturday night at Gibbs Stadium.
- Mercer (away) Down 13 points with nine minutes left in the game, the Wofford College football team rallied for a 28-27 win at Mercer on Saturday afternoon at Five Star Stadium.
- Gardner-Webb (home) Wofford College football team was able to overcome mistakes to take a 27-24 win over Gardner-Webb at Gibbs Stadium.
- Presbyterian  (away) The Wofford College football team used big plays to come away with a 31-7 win over Presbyterian College at Bailey Memorial Stadium.

Top returnees: Offensive linemen Ross Demmel, Jared Jacon-Duffy and Roo Daniels, wide receiver R.J. Taylor, and quarterback Brandon Goodson. On defense, the eight returners are defensive linemen Miles Brown, Mikel Horton and Tyler Vaughn, safety Malik Rivera, cornerbacks Devin Watson and George Gbesee, plus linebackers Terrance Morris and Datavious Wilson. In addition, long snapper Ross Hammond returns.

In preseason honors, the Terriers had eight players recognized by the coaches, including five on the first team. The SoCon's nine head coaches selected Wofford to win the league championship as did the Sports Media Association.

Leading the Terriers on the first team were offensive lineman Roo Daniels, defensive linemen Tyler Vaughn and Miles Brown, linebacker Datavious Wilson and cornerback Devin Watson. Second team honorees include offensive lineman Ross Demmel, cornerback George Gbesee and tight end Chandler Gouger.

2017 Wofford Statistics (4 games):
Rushing Offense: 1169 yards
Yards per game: 272
Yards per rush: 5.3 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 189
TDs rushing: 12
Passing Offense: 478 yards or 120 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 11 yrds
Passing 1st downs: 18
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 45-27-0
TDs Passing: 2
Total Offense: 1567 yards or 392 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 6 - 3
3d Down Conversions: 22 of 51 (43%)
4th Down Conversions: 4 of 5  (80%)
Field goal attempts: 4 - 4
PAT-Attempts: 42 of 43  (98%)
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 12 of 14
Red Zone Touchdowns: 8 of 14
Punts - Yards: 18 - 725 - Avg per punt:  40
Touchdowns scored: 14
On-side kicks:  0-0


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