|September 24, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|WOF||TD||09:15||Andre Stoddard 5 Yd Run (David Marvin kick)|
|WOF||TD||02:43||Andre Stoddard 4 Yd Run (David Marvin kick)|
|WOF||TD||09:54||Lorenzo Long 37 Yd Run (David Marvin kick)|
|WOF||TD||14:25||Lorenzo Long 13 Yd Run (David Marvin kick)|
|WOF||FG||04:35||David Marvin 34 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||WOF|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-13||5-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||4-5|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||83 (15-23)||14 (3-6)|
|Rushing (Att)||-7 (19)||350 (69)|
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 22, 2016) – After recording a pair of firsts in its first two wins of the season, the ETSU football team will look to check another one off the list this Saturday as the Bucs head to Wofford. Kickoff is set for 1:34 p.m., at Gibbs Stadium.
The Blue and Gold will now be searching for their first SoCon road win since Sept. 28, 2002 when ETSU defeated Western Carolina, 27-7.
ETSU’s season-opening win at Kennesaw State marked its first victory over a Football Championship Subdivision foe since 2003 (vs. The Citadel), while last Saturday’s win against Western Carolina was the Bucs’ first Southern Conference win since knocking off the Bulldogs, 16-13, on Jonathan Godfrey’s 22-yard field goal on Nov. 15, 2003.
Following back-to-back wins to open the season, ETSU (2-0, 1-0) is off to its best start since beginning the 1999 campaign, 4-0.
The Bucs are currently receiving votes in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll.
Sitting at 2-0 on the season, the Bucs are one of 14 FCS teams (minus the Ivy League) to still be undefeated this season … ETSU is also one of four SoCon schools to remain undefeated after the first three weeks – Chattanooga (3-0), The Citadel (3-0) and Samford (2-0) ... Both Chattanooga and The Citadel reached the FCS Playoffs last year.
All four of the league’s conference games this season have been decided by one possession. Since the start of the 2013 season, 42 of 96 (.438) league games have been decided by one possession … Home teams are 2-2 in conference play this year and are 51-42 since the start of 2013.
As a team, ETSU ranks among the national FCS leaders in several categories … The Bucs are tied for first in red zone offense (1.000), rank fourth in third down conversion percentage (55.9), 14th in completion percentage (66.7) and blocked kicks (1), 17th in time of possession (33:35), 24th in fumbles recovered (3), 26th in passing efficiency (146.78), 28th in net punting (38.00) and 33rd in passing offense (241.5).
Individually, sophomore quarterback Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) ranks 16th among FCS players in completion percentage (66.7), 22nd in completions per game (21), 23rd in passing efficiency (146.8) and passing yards per game (241.5) and 28th in yards per pass attempt (7.67) ... Sophomore linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) ranks seventh in solo tackles (7.5) and graduate student defensive back Ryan Powers (Jupiter, Fla.) is ninth (7.0) … Weigel and redshirt freshman defensive back Kevin Ferguson (Cincinnati, Ohio) both rank eighth in fumbles recovered (1) … Junior defensive back Daren Ardis (Bradenton, Fla.) is one of six players on the FCS level to be averaging one forced fumble per game … Ardis also ranks 32nd in passes defended (1.5) … Sophomore kicker JJ Jerman (Seymour, Tenn.) is tied for the national lead in field goal percentage (1.000), ranks second in field goals per game (2.00) and is 32nd in scoring (9.0) … Jerman is one of 20 players on the FCS level who have not missed a field goal this year … Sophomore running back Jajuan Stinson (Knoxville, Tenn.) is 31st in rushing yards per game (91.0).
JJ Jerman carries a streak into today’s SoCon game at Wofford … The Buccaneer kicker – who was 22-for-22 in PATs a year ago – has made all six attempts this season (two at KSU/four at WCU) en route to extending his streak to 28 consecutive makes to start his collegiate career … Meanwhile, Jerman has also made all four of his field goal attempts this season, while ETSU is the only team in the SoCon who has not missed a field goal this year … Jerman is one of 20 FCS kickers who are still perfect on the season in field goals made.
A trio of Buccaneers recorded their first collegiate touchdown in last Saturday’s win over Western Carolina … Junior wide receiver Vincent Lowe’s (Chesapeake, Va.) 2-yard touchdown catch at the end of the second quarter marked his first collegiate score, while sophomore running back Matt Thompson (Morristown, Tenn.) and freshman wide receiver Keith Coffee’s (Lilburn, Ga.) first collegiate reception marked touchdowns … Thompson hauled in a 2-yard pass from Herink and Coffee caught a 12-yard touchdown from Herink – both coming in the third quarter.
Herink became the second Buccaneer player this season to earn Southern Conference Player of the Week honors, as the ETSU leader was tabbed Offensive Player of the Week by the league office this past Monday … Herink was 24-for-37 with 269 yards passing and three touchdowns (also 11 carries for 30 yards) last weekend over the Catamounts … Herink set career highs for completions and passing yards, while his three passing touchdowns tied a career high.
Redshirt freshman kicker Landon Kunak (Spartanburg, S.C.) will be making his homecoming this weekend … Kunak played at Spartanburg High School and the Vikings play their home games inside Gibbs Stadium … Kunak and the Vikings won the 2014 state championship … In addition, ETSU Defensive Coordinator Billy Taylor also coached at Wofford (linebackers/recruiting coordinator) from 1991-96 … Taylor coached under head coach Mike Ayers – who also coached Taylor at ETSU from 1985-87.
This season ETSU has put together 10 scoring drives, resulting in six touchdowns and four field goals … The Bucs’ average scoring drive this season is 9.2 plays for 54.6 yards … At Kennesaw State, ETSU’s four scoring drives (two TDs/two FGs) covered 25 plays for 116 yards, averaging to be 6.3 plays and 29 yards … Last Saturday, the Blue and Gold had six scoring drives (four TDs/two FGs) and they covered 92 plays for 546 yards, averaging 11.2 plays and 71.7 yards.
Wofford enters this weekend’s game 2-1 following a season-opening win at Tennessee Tech (21-7) and a win over Johnson C. Smith (W, 59-0) in its home opener … Wofford’s lone setback was a 38-13 loss at then-No. 18 Ole Miss.
The Terriers are currently receiving votes in several Top 25 polls.
Wofford ranks second among FCS teams in net punting (45.14), third in rushing offense (303.0), sixth in third down conversion percentage (52.5), seventh in total defense (258.3), ninth in scoring defense (15.0), 10th in rushing defense (77.7), 18th in turnover margin (1.33), and 19th in completion percentage (64.7).
Individually, junior quarterback Brad Butler ranks 10th in FCS in rushing touchdowns (4) … Junior defensive end Tyler Vaughn ranks 16th in sacks per game (1.00) … Lorenzo Long ranks 23rd in rushing yards (269) and 28th in rushing touchdowns (3).
Wofford hasn’t thrown an interception and has been sacked only one time this year.
In last Saturday’s win over Johnson C. Smith, Wofford scored 42 of its 59 points in the second half, which included three defensive touchdowns … Senior fullback Lorenzo Long rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns … It was Long’s ninth career 100-yard rushing game and he now has 2,324 career rushing yards (ranks 13th in school history) … Wofford’s defense held Johnson C. Smith to 18 net rushing yards and had eight tackles for loss ... Freshman defensive lineman Mikel Horton scored his first touchdown on a fumble recovery in the third quarter … Junior safety Nick Ward had his second career interception and returned it for a touchdown … Freshman safety Mason Alstatt had his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown.
Wofford finished tied for fourth in the SoCon in 2015 after going 5-6 (3-4 SoCon).
The Terriers return eight starters on offense, nine on defense and three specialists.
Wofford is led by head coach Mike Ayers’s – ETSU’s head coach from 1985-87.
The Terriers ranked third in FCS in red zone offense (.917) and fourth in rushing offense (300.0) in 2015 … Senior offensive lineman Anton Wahrby and sophomore defensive lineman Miles Brown named first team preseason All-SoCon.
ETSU leads the all-time series, 13-11, but Wofford has won the last five meetings.
The last game between the two schools was back on Nov. 8, 2003 when the Terriers clinched the outright SoCon Championship with a 28-14 win over the Blue and Gold at Gibbs Stadium.
ETSU’s last win over Wofford came in 1998 when the Bucs cruised to a 45-24 win in Johnson City.
Saturday marks the 14th game played in Spartanburg and the Bucs hold a slight 7-6 advantage in games played at Wofford.
Wofford’s five-game win streak over the Blue and Gold mark its longest streak in the series, while ETSU won five straight from 1962-66 for its longest in the series.
The Bucs’ largest win all-time against Wofford was a 52-3 victory in 1986 – the 52 points also mark the most by ETSU over the Terriers.
Fans can listen to the radio call on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster or on 104.9 NASH Icon as “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will carry the play-by-play and Don Helman will be filling in for former Buccaneer quarterback Matt Wilhjelm as the color analyst. Robert Harper will be the sideline reporter.
The Buccaneer Sports Network will launch its pregame broadcast one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute long Eastman Credit Union Tailgate Show, followed by the Carl Torbush Pregame Show powered by Ford which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The First Tennessee Bank Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff. An audio stream will be available via ETSUBucs.com or by clicking here.
Saturday’s game will also be video streamed live on ESPN3. Click here for live video.
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The Bucs return home to host third-ranked Chattanooga on Saturday, Oct. 1 … Kickoff is set for noon at Kermit Tipton Stadium.
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