Jacksonville State (3-1) at Chattanooga (2-2) - ESPN3
Samford (1-3) at Valparaiso (4-0) - ESPN3
A little on WCU's opponent, UMass -
In their 101-76 win over Niagara on Sunday, UMass drilled 15 three-pointers, including seven from Luwane Pipkins, which was one shy of tying both team and individual records. Other highlights from include a career-high 16 points from guard Carl Pierre and 14 points from Rayshawn Miller, while C.J. Anderson dished out a career-best eight assists. After scoring a career-high 34 points, point guard Luwane Pipkins was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week. The sophomore posted his second-straight game with over 20 points and is now the fifth-leading scorer in the league with a 22.7 point per game average. His 34 points were the second most this season by a league player in a game.
In Western Carolina's twelfth and final regular season game, the Cats travel to Chapel Hill for the first-ever meeting with the Tar Heels on the gridiron. This will also be the second FBS game of the season for the Cats..
Western Carolina will play the Tar Heels for a second time in the 2018 season, again in Chapel Hill. When: Saturday, November 18 (Time - TBA) Where: Kenan Stadium (63,000) - Natural Grass - Chapel Hill, NC Weather forcast:
SW 13 mph
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent: Gary Ayers (pxp), Daniel Hooker (color), Jeff Bryson, Greg McLamb (sideline) TV / Video: ACC Network Extra Head Coach: Larry Fedora (Austin College, ‘85) Game Notes: Western Carolina - UNC - SoCon Weekly Review
Record at North Carolina: 42-33 (5 yrs) Career Record: 76-52 (9 yrs) Basic Offense: Spread Basic Defense: 4–3 Lettermen Returning / Lost: 32 / 20 Starters - Returning / Lost (O/D/S): 15 (5/7/3) / 12 (6/4/2) Series History: First Meeting
Last season's record (Tar Heels): 8-5 overall, 4-2 home, 4-1 away, 5-3 ACC - The Tar Heels ended the season losing 3 of their last 4 games.
Games played by UNC this season prior to the WCU game: (9) - 2017 Record: 2-8 overall, 1-6 conf., 0-6 home, 2-2 away
-Cal (home) Lost 30-35 to the Bears
-Louisville (home) lost 35-47
-Old Dominion (away) won 53-23
-Duke (home) lost 17-27
-Georgia Tech (away) lost 7-33
-Notre Dame (home) lost 10-33
-Virginia (home) lost 14-20
-Virginia Tech (away) lost 7-59
-Miami (home) lost 10-24
-Pitt (away) won 34-31
Key Offensive losses: C - Lucas Crowley, OT - Jon Heck, TB - Elijah Hood, WR - Bug Howard, WR - Ryan Switzer, QB - Mitch Trubisky
Key Defensive losses: DE - Mikey Bart, S - Dominquie Green, DT - Naz Jones CB - Des Lawrence
The Tar Heels returned just 13 percent of their total offense (passing, rushing, receiving) from last year's team. They had to replace their top passer, two leading rushers and three standout wide receivers from last season.
The Tar Heels have had a significant injury problem this season, below is a partial list of players out for the season: Corey Bell Jr., CB - Junior Antwuan Branch, TB - Freshman Jesse Cuccia, S - Junior Luke Elder, OL - Redshirt Freshman D.J. Ford, S - Sophomore Rontavius Groves, WR - Redshirt Freshman Tommy Hatton, OL - Sophomore Thomas Jackson, WR - Junior Devin Perry, WR - Junior Tyler Powell, DL - Senior Austin Proehl, WR - Senior Jacob Schmidt, TB - Junior Andre Smith, LB - Junior William Sweet, OT - Sophomore Carl Tucker, TE - Sophmore Noah Turner, TE - Sophomore 2017 UNC Statistics (thru 10 games): Rushing Offense: 1695 yards Yards per game: 133 Yards per rush: 3.7 yards Rushing 1st downs: 68 TDs rushing: 14 Passing Offense: 2129 yards or 213 yards per game Avg. per pass: 6.4 yards Passing 1st downs: 102 Passing Comp-Att-Int: 332-180-14 TDs Passing: 13 Total Offense: 3464 yards or 346 yards per game Fumbles-Lost: 14 - 6 Field goal attempts: 15 - 21 PAT-Attempts: 51 of 52 (98%) On-side kicks: 0-1 Red Zone Scores: 23 of 29 Red Zone Touchdowns: 19 of 29 Punts - Yards: 50 - 2134
and lastly..... guess who is the quarterbacks coach at UNC? answer....... Keith Heckendorf
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It's week #11 in the SoCon, and time to pick Saturday's games.
All four games are set for Saturday, and all four are conference games.
Wofford (8-1, 6-1 SoCon)at VMI (0-10, 0-7 SoCon) 1:30 pm - watch on ESPN3
The Terriers travel to Lexington and continue on beatdowns of the Keydets. Wofford assures itself of a slice of the conference chanpionship and the auto-bid to the NCAA with a 35-10 win over VMI/
The Citadel (5-4, 3-4 SoCon) at Furman (6-3, 5-1 SoCon) 2:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Bulldogs travel to Travler's Rest to play the Paladins in an important game for both teams. The defending champion Bulldogs are playing for honor and Paladins are playing for a chance of an at-large NCAA bid and a potential slice of the SoCon championship. The Paladins are too strong for the dogs as they pick up a 28-14 win over the Citadel. Mercer (4-5, 3-4 SoCon) at Western Carolina (7-3, 5-2 SoCon) 2:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Bears travel to Cullowhee, hoping for a repeat victory over the Cats. Western is playing for an at-large playoff bid and has not been statically eliminated from a share of the conference crown (would require losses by Wofford and Furman). The Cats do their part, picking up win #8, with a 28-21 victory.
ETSU (4-5, 2-4 SoCon) at Samford (6-2, 4-2 SoCon)3:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Bucs travel to Birmingham to face the Bulldogs in what is a must-win game for Samford if their hopes for an at-large playoff berth are to continue. The Bulldogs roll to a 35-14 win over the Bucs.
In the Cat's eleventh game of the season, the Mercer Bears travel to Cullowhee for the Cats fifth & final home game of the regular season.
Western faces the Bears for just the fourth time since Mercer joined the Southern Conference. When: Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 pm Where: E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent: Gary Ayers (pxp), Greg McLamb (color), Jeff Bryson, Dan Gibson (sideline) TV / video: ESPN3 The Series
- Talent: Daniel Hooker (pxp), Kyle Rush (color) & Katie Miller (sideline) Fan Message Board: MU Bear Down Game Notes: Western Carolina - Mercer - SoCon Weekly Release Head Coach: Bobby Lamb (Furman, ‘87) Record at Mercer: 32-24 (4 yrs) Career Record: 98-64 (14 yrs) Basic Offense: Pistol Basic Defense: 3-4 Lettermen Returning / Lost: 41 / 30 Starters Returning / Lost (O/D/S): 15 (7/6/2) / 10 (4/5/1) The Series: In only the 4th meeting between the two teams, the Cats own a 2-1 record over the visiting Bears, having lost last season in Macon, GA. Western is 1-0 against the Bears in Cullowhee.
Last Season's Game vs. Mercer (Oct. 15, 2016) Catamount Football Falls to Mercer, 38-24 Macon, GA - Alex Lakes rushed for 112 yards with two touchdowns and Mercer pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Western Carolina 38-24 on Saturday in Southern Conference action at Five Star Stadium. Western Carolina made it a seven-point game with 5:48 to go on Logan Howard's 30-yard field goal. The ensuing kickoff was returned 31 yards by Chandler Curtis and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty set up Mercer on the WCU 40. Seven plays later, Lakes' 2-yard plunge sealed it with 1:53 left.
Last season's record (Mercer): 6-5 overall, 4-1 home, 2-4 away, 4-4 SoCon
Games played by the Bears this season prior to the WCU game: (9) - Record this season: 4-5 overall, 3-4 conference, 3-2 home, 1-3 away
-Jacksonville (home) The Bears kicked off the season big, with a 47-7 win over Jacksonville
-Wofford (home) Mercer dropped a one-point game to the #10 Terriers in game two, 27-18
-Auburn (away) Mercer has a good showing in 10-24 loss to FBS foe Auburn
-ETSU (away) The Bears woes start when they lose in overtime to upstart ETSU by three points, 23-26
-VMI (home) Mercer gets on right track with a 49-14 win over winless VMI
-The Citadel (away) The Bears surprise the #17 Bulldogs on the road, 24-14
- Chattanooga (home) Mercer continues the wining streak by beating the Mocs, 30-10
-Furman (away) - The Bears road woes continue in Greenville, as the Paladins win 21-28
-Samford (home) Mercer starts a new streak, this time in losses as the #14 Dogs hold Mercer to a field goal
Key Losses: QB John Russ, OL Bret Niederreither, OL Kirby Southard, OL Avery White, Punter Tyler Zielenske
The Bears were picked fifth in the SoCon preseason polls returning 14 starters from last season's 6-5 team. The fifth-place vote is Mercer's second highest in four years as a SoCon football member. Offensive lineman Thomas Marchman, tight end Sam Walker and placekicker Cole Fisher were named to the Preseason All-SoCon First Team. Wide receiver Marquise Irvin, offensive lineman Caleb Yates, defensive lineman Isaiah Buehler and return specialist Chandler Curtis earned Preseason All-SoCon Second Team honors.
In scoring offense, the Cats continue to lead SoCon scoring offense, with the Bears at #5, averaging 26 points per game. The Cats are #4 in scoring defense, giving up 22.5 points per game, and the Bears rank #1 in that category, only giving up 19 points per game. Western comes in at #3 in rushing (249 yards), while the Bears are #5 (139 yards) .
With only two games remaining for the Bears, both on the road (WCU & Alabama), the 4-5 Bears are out of the running for both a conference title and an at-large NCAA bid. The Bears scheduled two FBS opponents this year (WCU fans know this game well) which hurt their chances of coming up with the 7 DI wins needed to be considered for an at-large bid. Mercer can only hope to play the role of "spoiler" when they visit Cullowhee next Saturday. While the Cats have their 7 wins, most feel that this year 8 may be needed to guarantee a birth, if the Missouri Valley and CAA receive unusually large playoff numbers.
2017 Mercer Statistics (thru 9 games):
Points per game:26
Rushing Offense: 1475 yards
Yards per game: 139
Yards per rush: 3.6 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 76
TDs rushing: 17
Passing Offense: 1898 yards or 211 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 7.4 yards
Passing 1st downs: 76
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 257-159-7
TDs Passing: 13
Total Offense: 350 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 8 - 5
3d Down Conversions: 44 of 120 (37%)
4th Down Conversions: 4 of 10 (40%)
Field goal - attempts: 7 - 11
PAT-Attempts: 36 of 38 (95%)
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 29 of 31
Red Zone Touchdowns: 22 of 31
Punts - Yards: 48 - 1912
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Week #10 is now in the books, here's how the games played out.....
Chattanooga at Wofford Football Survives In Double Overtime SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On Saturday afternoon, the Wofford College football team had a 34-yard field goal in the second overtime against Chattanooga for a 24-21 win at Gibbs Stadium. The Mocs tied the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 16 seconds left in regulation. Wofford scored first to open overtime and Chattanooga matched the touchdown. On the first play of the second overtime, Wofford's Devin Watson intercepted a Chattanooga pass. Luke Carter then hit a field goal for the victory.
Western Carolina at The Citadel Catamount Football Scores Road Win at The Citadel, 31-19 Charleston, S.C. - Redshirt sophomore QB Tyrie Adams threw for three touchdowns -- two to redshirt senior WR Terryon Robinson -- and Detrez Newsome rushed for 197 yards including an 81-yard touchdown romp as Western Carolina outlasted The Citadel, 31-19, on Saturday afternoon in Southern Conference action at Johnson Hagood Stadium. WCU's defense forced five turnovers in the road win including three interceptions against the run-oriented triple-option attack of the Bulldogs -- two that thwarted would-be scoring drives for the home squad -- while adding a pair of fumble recoveries as WCU scored its first road win over the Bulldogs since 2010. Marvin Tillman came up with two interceptions to pace the Catamount defense.
Samford at Mercer No. 15 Football Earns Key SoCon Road Win At Mercer, 20-3 MACON, Ga. – The 15th-ranked Samford football team used a strong performance on both sides of the ball to earn an impressive 20-3 Southern Conference road victory at Mercer Saturday afternoon at Five Star Stadium. "This was a big win for our team, and we needed it," Samford head coach Chris Hatcher said. "We didn't play very well last week, but we came out today, and with a lot of guys not making the trip, we had a lot of guys step up today and play very well. I'm really proud of all three phases."
VMI at ETSU Defense, second-half surge lift Bucs past VMI, 24-6 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2017) – In the first Senior Day home finale for William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium, the ETSU football team used a suffocating defensive effort and a 14-point scoring surge in the second half to race past Southern Conference foe VMI, 24-6, Saturday afternoon. Playing in front of a crowd of 7,327 fans, the Buccaneers improved to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in SoCon play. ETSU also kept alive its hopes of a winning season as the Bucs face a pair of SoCon road contests beginning next Saturday at No. 15 Samford. For the year, ETSU finished with a 4-2 record inside Greene Stadium.
We're back with Purple & Gold'sCatamount Players of the Game.
This week's selection is for the Citadel game played in Charleston, SC.
The Offensive Player of the Game is Terryon Robinson
The Defensive Player of the Game is the entire WCU Defensive Squad
Redshirt senior Terryon Robinson pulled in 6 passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Adams to close out a wild back-and-forth close to the first half, carrying a 17-10 lead into halftime.
WCU’sdefense forced five turnovers in the road win including three interceptions against the run-oriented triple-option attack of the Bulldogs – two that thwarted would-be scoring drives for the home squad – while adding a pair of fumble recoveries as WCU scored its first road win over the Bulldogs since 2010. Marvin Tillman came up with two interceptions to pace the Catamount defense. Four defenders finished with double-digit tackles with linebackers Daniel Riddle and A.J. Newman finishing with 13 apiece with Riddle intercepting a third pass in The Citadel’s end zone. Linebacker Kendall White recorded 11 and lineman Nate Link finished with 10.
Purple & Gold congratulates Terryon Robinson & the entire WCU Defense on their accomplishments in the Citadel victory.
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Florida High Executive Director Stacy Chambers released a statement this morning:
Today I share with you the saddest of news. Our sweet, kind and brave Cam Brown peacefully passed away this morning.
For those who may be new to FSUS, Cam graduated from FSUS in May. He had committed to continue his education at Western Carolina University and to play football with them.
Shortly before graduation, Cam was diagnosed with cancer. Our community and all of FSUS continued to support him throughout treatment. We will continue to be there for them now.
Cam’s family is requesting privacy as they grieve. At the family’s request, please refrain from calling, texting or visiting their home.
We will share when we know of arrangements. We will have counselors and faculty on campus to provide support tomorrow, Sunday, November 5th from 1-:4:00. (Please remember that daylight savings time starts tonight; turning clocks back one hour).
Know that you all continue to amaze me with how much you care for all of our students. With much love and appreciation,
It's week #10 in the SoCon, and time to pick Saturday's games.
All four games are set for Saturday, and all four are conference games.
Chattanooga (2-7, 2-4 SoCon)at Wofford (7-1, 5-1 SoCon) 1:30 pm - watch on ESPN3
The Mocs travel to Spartanburg to meet the Terriers, and hoping for another upset. Unfortunately for UTC, the short haired dogs continue to ground out yardage, and wins picking up a 27-14 victory at home.
Western Carolina (6-3, 4-2 SoCon) at The Citadel (5-3, 3-3 SoCon) 2:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Cats travel to the SC lowcounrty to meet the Bulldogs in Charleston. The dogs are riding a two-game win streak, while the Cats are coming off a disappointing loss to Furman in Cullowhee. The Cats rebound, handing the dogs their third home loss of the season, 28-24. Samford (5-3, 3-2 SoCon) at Mercer (4-4, 3-3 SoCon) 3:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Bulldogs travel to Macon hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive, however, the home-standing Bears have other ideas and want to play spoiler over the nationally ranked dogs. Samford chokes, and the Bears win by 3.
VMI (0-9, 0-6 SoCon) at ETSU (3-6, 1-4 SoCon)3:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Keydets visit the new Buc football stadium, where they receive a rude reception by the Bucs in the form of a 3 touchdown loss to ETSU, 35-14.