Western faces the Mocs for the 49th time on the gridiron, since 1973. Last year the Cats knocked the Mocs out of playoff contention with a 32-29 victory in Cullowhee, and this year the Cats get to ruin Homecoming for the Mocs. See you in Chattanooga.
Where: Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers: Gary Ayers, PxP; Daniel Hooker, Color
The Series: In the 49th meeting between the two teams, the Cats own an 18-30 record against the Mocs. The Cats broke a 3-game-losing streak to the Mocs last season, and travel to Chattanooga where the Cats on a 7-16 record in games played in Chattanooga.
Last Game vs. Chattanooga: (10-19-22) Catamounts Upset #15 Chattanooga, 32-29, on Senior Day Cullowhee, N.C. – Senior tailback TJ Jones capped a five-minute, game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter with a one-yard plunge as Western Carolina capped its 2022 season with an upset victory over No. 15 Chattanooga 32-29 in Southern Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Bob Waters Field / E.J. Whitmire Stadium.
Defense. The Mocs return a lot of talent on the defensive side of the football, as seven of last season's starters return. Cornerback Kam Brown and edge-rusher Jay Person have been tabbed as 2023 FCS preseason All-Americans. Pearson, a senior, had 52 tackles and sacks (8). Bown, a senior had 11 passes defended, finishing top five nationally with six interceptions. While the Mocs lose their leading tacklers in linebackers Ty Boeck and Kam Jones, they return Bo Spearman and sophomore standout Alex Mitchell.
Yards per rush: 4.2 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 84
TDs rushing: 21
Passing Offense: 2738 yards or 249 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 8.5 yards
Passing 1st downs: 135
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 195-324-11
TDs Passing: 17
Total Offense: 45 01 yards or 409 yards per game
3d Down Conversions: 60 of 141 (43%)
4th Down Conversions: 5 of 13 (38%)
Field goal attempts: 11 - 19
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 37 of 46 (80%)
Red Zone Touchdowns: 27 of 46 (59%)
PAT: 39 of 40 (98%)