When: October 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (EST)
Where: Bailey Memorial Stadium, Clinton, SC
Series history: This game will mark the 18th all-time meeting between Western Carolina and PC. The Cats currently lead the series 9-8. Western Carolina is in the midst of a eight-game winning streak in the overall series. The Blue Hose have not defeated the Catamounts since 1969 when they downed the Cats 28-17 in Cullowhee. The series began in 1950 and the Blue Hose won eight of the first eight contests before WCU began its current nine-game winning streak in 1970. The two team last played in 2008 in Clinton, in the second game of a home and home series, both won by the Catamounts.
Their coach: Harold Nichols - Nichols is entering his 5th season as PC's head coach.
Last year’s record: 3-8 overall, 1-4 Big South
How they got there: The Blue Hose opened the 2013 season in Winston-Salem, NC against Wake Forest, losing 31-7, then returned to Clinton to play Brevard, knocking off the Toronados 43-34. PC then traveled to Greenville to play Furman, only losing by one, 21-20. PC then returned home to meet the first season Charlotte team, losing 45-21 to the 49ers. Traveling to Spartanburg, SC to meet their second SoCon opponent of the season, the Terriers romped over the Blue Hose 55-14. In game six, PC entered Big South play and knocked off VMI with their best offensive performance of the season, beating the Keydets, 49-35. PC made it two wins in a row, knocking off Point, before losing their final four games of the season against CSU (16-27), Liberty (14-35), Coastal Carolina (13-46), and Gardner-Webb (13-20).
The last game vs. Presbyterian: September 21, 2008 - Red-shirt sophomore Marquel Pittman hauled in an acrobatic four-yard scoring strike with just over three minutes showing on the Bailey Memorial Stadium clock Saturday afternoon. But it wasn't until Presbyterian's Cam Miller hooked a 23-yard field goal wide left that the Catamounts were able to celebrate their first road win since late October, 2005, downing the Blue Hose, 23-21. The victory snapped Western's 14-game road losing skid which dated back to '05 when the Cats defeated Chattanooga. It also was WCU's eighth-straight over Presbyterian dating back to 1970, and its first in Clinton since 1976, snapping PC's six-game home winning streak.
Presbyterian is a young team that lost only 9 seniors from the 2013 team. The 2014 Blue Hose team has 38 either true or redshirt freshmen, 25 either true or redshirt sophomores, 23 juniors or redshirt juniors, & 12 seniors.
Offensive starters - Returning/Lost: 8 - 3
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost: 9 - 2
Scoring: 23.5 points per game
Rushing Offense: 147.8 yards per game
Passing Offense: 176,5 yards per game
Total Offense: 324.3 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 16 - 7
Penalties-Yards: 37.5 yards per game
3rd Down Conversions: 54 - 141 38%
4th Down Conversions: 11 - 18 61%
Field Goals - Attempts: 1 - 5
Red-Zone Scores: 27 - 35, 77%
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 26 - 35, 74%
Key Losses - RB Demarcus Rouse, RB LaQua Mayers, WR Jeremiah McKie, YR Tobi Antigha,
Strengths: Tobi Antigha earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Wide Receiver Watch List
Returning Leaders: RB Blake Roberts, QB Heys McMath, QB Kaleb Griffin
Heys McMath 85-149 1142 yards 10 TDs 5 INT
Kaleb Griffin 71-100 635 Yards 2 TDs 4 INT
McMath took over the starting QB job against VMI for the final final 6 games. Griffin will probably be the primary backup in 2014.
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