ETSU falls at Wofford, 31-0
The ETSU football team recorded 103 tackles on Saturday.
ETSU falls at Wofford, 31-0
Saturday, September 24, 2016

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 24, 2016) – After posting a pair of comeback wins in its first two games this season, the ETSU football team was unable to follow suit for a third consecutive time. Wofford scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game and limited the Bucs to 76 total yards on offense as the Terriers defeated ETSU, 31-0, on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. 

The Bucs – who were off to their best start since opening 4-0 in 1999 – suffered their first setback of the season and moved to 2-1, 1-1 in Southern Conference play. Wofford won its second straight game and improved to 3-1, 1-0. 

HOW THEY SCORED:  

  • Wofford 7, ETSU 0: On their opening drive, the Terriers totaled 79 yards on 11 plays and scored on Andre Stoddard’s five-yard run to cap a 5:39 scoring drive. Wofford recorded rushes of 20 and 22 yards and converted a pair of third downs. All 11 Terrier plays came via the run. 
  • Wofford 14, ETSU 0: After forcing ETSU to a three-and-out on its opening possession, the Terriers scored on their second straight trip down field, as Wofford went 60 yards on 12 plays in just under six minutes to take a 14-point lead with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter. The Terriers rushed 10 times and completed two passes, while scoring on a four-yard run by Stoddard on 4th-and-1.
  • Wofford 21, ETSU 0: Despite holding Wofford scoreless for the final 17 minutes of the first half, ETSU was unable to generate a scoring drive and went into halftime trailing 14-0. On Wofford’s first possession of the second half, Lorenzo Long scored on a 37-yard run via a 2nd-and-19 play to go up 21 points with 9:54 remaining in the third quarter. 
  • Wofford 28, ETSU 0: For the second time on the afternoon, Wofford scored on a fourth down run as the Terriers faced 4th-and-1 from the ETSU 13-yard line, and Long capped off a 7-play, 60-yard drive with his second score of the game with 14:25 remaining in the contest. 
  • Wofford 31, ETSU 0: Wofford’s offense chewed up over half the time (7:42) in the fourth quarter, which led its way to a 34-yard field goal by David Marvin. That drive was a trend in the final frame as the Terriers held the ball for over 11 minutes in the fourth. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • ETSU was outgained 364 to 76, while the Bucs were held to negative-7 yards rushing
  • 69 of Wofford’s 75 plays went for rushing attempts where the Terriers accumulated 350 yards on the ground
  • The Blue and Gold ran 42 plays on offense and registered 83 passing yards
  • Wofford entered the game ranked third in FCS in rushing offense (303.0), seventh in total defense (258.3), ninth in scoring defense (15.0) and 10th in rushing defense (77.7).
  • Wofford nearly doubled up the time of possession as it held the ball for 39:32 (11:33 in the first quarter and 11:29 in the fourth quarter)
  • The Bucs held Wofford to 5-of-15 on third down, but the Terriers finished 4-of-5 on fourth down – including two rushing touchdowns
  • As a unit, ETSU’s defense totaled 103 total tackles (seven for loss) and one sack
  • After allowing 139 yards and two touchdowns on Wofford’s first two possessions, ETSU’s defense limited the Terriers 57 yards over the final 17-plus minutes of the first half
  • Wofford had 57-yard touchdown run called back due to an illegal block penalty in the second quarter
  • Sophomore quarterback Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) completed 14 of his 22 passes but was sacked three times – resulting in a loss of 20 yards
  • Junior wide receiver Dalton Ponchillia (Nashville, Tenn.) led the Bucs with three receptions
  • Junior defensive back Paul Hunter (Denton, Texas) paced the defense with 11 tackles, while sophomore linebacker Kahlil Mitchell (South Pittsburg, Tenn.) recorded ETSU’s lone sack          

NEXT UP:  

The Bucs will return home to host third-ranked Chattanooga on Saturday, Oct. 1. Kickoff is set for noon at Kermit Tipton Stadium. For tickets call (423) 439-3878 or click here

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