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
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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