For the 2022 season's fifth game, the Catamounts return home to face the Virginia Military Institute Keydets in EJ Whitmire Stadium.
The Bulldogs finished the 2021 season tied with Furman and Western Carolina in fourth place with a 4-4 conference record. The Keydets were picked to finish seventh in the 2022 coaches poll. WCU will be wearing a special logo emblem on the back of its football helmets to celebrate the relationship with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) .
Game #5 - VMI Keydets
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
Game Notes: Western Carolina - VMI - SoCon Notes
The Series: Western currently leads the series with VMI, by a 24-4 margin. The Cats and Keydets first played on the gridiron in 1978, and the Cats owned a sixteen-game winning streak over the Keydets until this spring of 2021 when the Keydets broke that streak on road to a SoCon Championship. The Cats do hold a 13-1 record of games played in Cullowhee and are 7-1 over VMI since their return to the Southern Conference.
The last game played vs. VMI: November 20, 2021 - Lexington, Va. - Catamounts Cap 2021 Season with Road Win at VMI, 52-24 - Senior quarterback Rogan Wells threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns spread to four different receivers, including a three-yard pass to classmate Daquan Patten who added a 78-yard punt return for a score as Western Carolina closed the 2021 season with an emphatic 52-24 road win over the defending Southern Conference champion VMI Keydets on Saturday afternoon at Foster Stadium.
Last Season's Record 2021 (VMI): 6-5 overall, 4-1 home, 2-4 away, 4-4 SoCon
Defensive Formation: 3-4
Offensive starters - Returning/Lost: 6 / 5
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost: 7 / 4
Specialist - Returning/Lost: 3 / 0
Letterwinners Returning: 80 / 27
Yards per game: 86.3
Yards per rush: 2.6 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 17
TDs rushing: 4
Passing Offense: 645 yards or 215 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 6.6 yards
Passing 1st downs: 26
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 58-97-3
TDs Passing: 3
Total Offense: 904 yards or 301.3 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 5 - 4
3d Down Conversions: 13 of 44 (30%)
4th Down Conversions: 2 of 6 (30%)
Field goal attempts 2 - 3
PAT-Attempts: 6 of 7
On-side kicks: 1 - 1
Red Zone Scores: 5 of 6 (83%)
Red Zone Touchdowns: 5 of 6 (83%)
Punts - Yards: 19 - 740 - Avg per punt: 38.0
Western Carolina Athletics will honor football student-athlete alum Brad Hoover and the No. 41 that he wore during his standout four-year Catamount career. The special recognition is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
As a part of the special ceremony, Hoover's number 41 will be enshrined alongside three additional honored numbers from WCU's football past and displayed at Bob Waters Field / E.J. Whitmire Stadium. Hoover's No. 41 will join the No. 54 of Art Byrd (1946-49), the No. 23 of Jerry Gaines (1970-75), and the No. 14 of four-time All-Southern Conference selection kicker Kirk Roach (1984-87).