For the eighth game of the season, the Cats travel to Spartanburg, SC to face the Wofford Terriers. This will be the second straight time facing the Terriers in Sparkle City, as Wofford, like Chattanooga, opted out of their final games in the Spring. The ankle bitters opted of their remaining games the week they were scheduled to travel to Cullowhee, thus earning them the moniker, Woffraud. The Cats missed two scheduled home games due to conference schools opting out just prior to their scheduled WCU game.
Western faces the Terriers for the forty-third time since 1952.
Game #8 - Wofford Terriers
Where: Woffraud's Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, SC
Games that will be played by the Bulldogs this season prior to the WCU contest: (7 games) The Terriers open the season at Elon, followed by a home game versus Kennesaw State, then visits VMI and ETSU before returning home to face Furman and Samford. The Terriers then travel to Macon to face the Bears before meeting the Catamounts in Gibbs Stadium.
The last game played vs. Wofford: October 19, 2019 - WCU Unable to Capitalize on Quick Strike in Loss at Wofford - Spartanburg, S.C. – Quarterback Tyrie Adams threw a career-long 69-yard touchdown pass on a toss-back reverse flea-flicker on the game's first play Saturday afternoon, connecting with freshman WR Jaylin Young for the early 7-0 lead for Western Carolina. However, Adams was lost to a game-ending foot injury on the second offensive series and Wofford took advantage, stymieing the Catamounts on offense in limiting WCU to just 172 total yards of offense and four first downs – only one of which came after halftime – in handing the Catamounts a 59-7 setback in Southern Conference action from Gibbs Stadium.
Josh Conklin's record vs. WCU: 0 - 1
Offensive Formation: Triple Option
Defensive Formation: Multiple 50
Starters returning/lost: 19 / 6
Offensive starters - Returning/Lost: 7 / 4
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost: 9 / 2
Specialist - Returning/Lost: 3 / 0
Lettermen - Returning/Lost: 56 / 7
Wofford returns 3 players receiving post-season awards from the spring. Wofford players honored include defensive lineman Micheal Mason (first-team coaches and media), defensive back Tahir Annoor (second-team coaches), and running back Irvin Mulligan (All-Freshman team). Mulligan, a second-year freshman, led the Terriers with 342 rushing yards on 51 carries. He had a pair of touchdowns and also had two receptions for 23 yards. Wofford fullback Nathan Walker was named a Stats Perform FCS Second Team All-American. All return for the fall season.
2020-21 Woffraud Statistics (Spring 5 games)
Rushing Offense: 1171 yards
Yards per game: 234.2
Yards per rush: 5.0 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 58
TDs rushing: 11
Passing Offense: 684 yards or 136.8 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 7.4 yards
Passing 1st downs: 28
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 52-92-4
TDs Passing: 4
Total Offense: 1855 yards or 371
3d Down Conversions: 34 of 71 (48%)
4th Down Conversions: 6 of 9 (67%)
Field Goal: 6 of 6
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 17 of 18 for 94%
Red Zone Touchdowns: 12 of 18 for 67%
PAT: 16 of 16