|November 05, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|MER||TD||10:23||Robert Brown 10 Yd Pass From John Russ (Cole Fisher kick)|
|ETSU||FG||08:56||JJ Jerman 33 Yd|
|ETSU||TD||07:24||Drake Powell 69 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)|
|ETSU||FG||00:45||JJ Jerman 32 Yd|
|MER||TD||13:16||Marquise Irvin 33 Yd Pass From John Russ (Cole Fisher kick)|
|MER||TD||05:00||Chandler Curtis 4 Yd Pass From John Russ (Cole Fisher kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||MER|
|3rd Down Conversions||8-19||8-18|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||267 (25-38)||172 (17-29)|
|Rushing (Att)||105 (34)||195 (45)|
MACON, Ga. (Nov. 4, 2016) – The ETSU football team gears up for its final road trip of the season as the Buccaneers head to Macon, Ga., to take on Mercer Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Five Star Stadium, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Southeast.
The Bucs (3-5, 1-5 Southern Conference) are coming off a 45-10 setback to No. 5 The Citadel last weekend in Charleston.
Of the 11 total opponents on ETSU’s schedule, three are ranked in the top-25 – The Citadel 5th, Chattanooga 8th and Samford 18th, while four teams are currently ranked in the top-25 of the FCS in winning percentage – The Citadel 1st (1.000), Chattanooga 3rd (.889), and Samford and Kennesaw State are both tied for 25th (.750) … The Bucs have faced four defenses ranked in the top-35 of the FCS – Wofford (3rd, 260.8 yards per game), UTC (5th, 267.8), The Citadel (13th, 300.3) and Kennesaw State (33rd, 347.9) … ETSU has also faced three offenses ranked in top-30 – Kennesaw State (9th, 486.9 yards per game), UTC (18th, 444.4 yards per game) and The Citadel (30th, 420.5) … In addition, the Blue and Gold have faced four rushing offenses in the top-15 – Citadel (2nd, 362.9), Kennesaw State (3rd, 318.6), Wofford (5th, 297.0), and Chattanooga (13th, 228.8).
As a team, ETSU ranks among the national FCS leaders in several categories … The Bucs are tied for first in fewest turnovers lost (5) and blocked kicks allowed (0) … ETSU ranks third in fourth down conversion percentage (83.3), fourth in fewest fumbles lost (2), fifth in red zone offense (95.2), eighth in fewest passes intercepted (3), 22nd in fumbles recovered (8), 28th in passing yards allowed (186.6) and turnover margin (0.63), and 42nd in third down conversion percentage (39.2) … Junior defensive back Paul Hunter (Denton, Texas) ranks 10th in fumble recoveries (2), junior defensive back Daren Ardis (Bradenton, Fla.) ranks 24th in forced fumbles (0.33), sophomore kicker JJ Jerman (Seymour, Tenn.) ranks 25th in field goal percentage (75.0), sophomore linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) ranks
31st in total tackles per game (9.4) and sophomore defensive back Domenique Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) ranks 37th in combined kickoff return yards (420).
ETSU is 3-0 this season when taking a lead into the fourth quarter … The Bucs are 2-0 in games decided by three points or less, when scoring over 30 points, scoring first, and outrushing their opponent.
Five Buccaneers have recorded their first collegiate touchdown this season … Three Bucs accomplished the feat in the 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 (Lilburn, Ga.) both had touchdown receptions against the Catamounts … Thompson hauled in a 2-yard pass from Herink and Coffee caught a 12-yard touchdown from Herink – both coming in the third quarter … Against, West Virginia Wesleyan, freshman running back Dontavius Monroe (Delray Beach, Fla.) posted his first collegiate rushing touchdown on a 7-yard run, while red-shirt freshman fullback Haddon Hill (Knoxville, Tenn.) registered his first collegiate score at The Citadel when he hauled in a 3-yard reception on 4th-and-1 … Thompson also posted his first rushing touchdown against Furman.
Dylan Weigel – who has recorded double-digit tackles in 14 of his 19 games played – registered his 200th career tackle last weekend at The Citadel … Weigel has 202 career tackles in 19 games played as a Buccaneer … Weigel ranks second among active FCS players in total tackles per game for his career (10.63) and third in solo tackles per game (5.79).
Paul Hunter became the third Buccaneer this season to earn Southern Conference Player of the Week honors … Following his 11-tackle, 2-fumble recovery game at The Citadel, Hunter was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week.
JJ Jerman is 37-for-37 in PATs made in his first two seasons with the Bucs … Following his PAT last weekend in Charleston, Jerman moved into eighth all-time for most PATs in a career by a Buccaneer … Jerman is three PATs shy of moving past Con Chellis (1991-01) for seventh.
Jajuan Stinson has rushed for 987 yards in his first 18 games in the Blue and Gold … Stinson needs 13 rushing yards this weekend to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark.
Mercer has won four of its last six games and enters this weekend’s game with a record of 4-4, 2-3 in the Southern Conference … The Bears are coming off a 31-21 loss at Wofford this past Saturday … Two of Mercer’s four losses have come to ranked teams (L, 24-23 vs. then-No. 15 The Citadel) and lost 52-31 to then-No. 3 Chattanooga … The Bears’ other two losses have come against Georgia Tech and Wofford.
The Bears have won two of their three games at home this season (beat Tennessee Tech and Western Carolina; lost to The Citadel).
Mercer is averaging 385.6 yards per game (226.1 yards passing/159.5 rushing), while averaging 28.9 points per game … Defensively, the Bears are allowing 410.2 yards per game (230.8 passing/179.5 rushing) and allowing 32.1 points per game.
The Bears have forced 16 turnovers (11 fumble recoveries/5 interceptions) and have scored 52 points off turnovers this season … Mercer’s defense also has 17 sacks for negative-126 yards.
Offensively, Mercer has turned the ball over 11 times (six interceptions/five fumbles) and opponents have scored 41 points off those miscues.
This season, Mercer is plus-2 in first quarter scoring (51-49), plus-4 in fourth quarter scoring (65-61), plus-3 in overtime (6-3), and even in the third quarter (65-65); however, the Bears are minus-35 in the second quarter (79-44).
The Bears have been penalized 57 times for 588 yards this season (73.5 yards per game) … Mercer ranks last in the SoCon in most penalized yards per game.
Mercer is averaging 11,520 fans in its three home games on the season.
Redshirt senior quarterback John Russ ranks fourth in the SoCon in total offense (258.5), while he ranks fifth in passing yards per game (224.9) and passing efficiency (130.9) … Russ has thrown for 1,799 yards and 14 touchdowns (six interceptions), while he has also rushed for five touchdowns … For his career, Russ has 72 passing touchdowns and 101 career touchdowns responsible for.
Four Mercer players have caught at least two touchdowns this season … Marquise Irvin leads the team with six touchdown catches.
Redshirt junior running back Alex Lakes leads the team with 405 total rushing yards (57.9 yards per game) and has four rushing touchdowns.
Senior linebacker Tosin Aguebor ranks third in the SoCon in sacks per game (0.62), while fellow senior linebacker Tyler Ward leads the team with 58 total tackles … Ward had a game-high 12 tackles at Wofford and has totaled double-digit tackles 11 times in his career.
Five different players have recorded an interception this season for the Bears, while 11 different players have accounted for a fumble recovery.
Saturday marks the second meeting between the two programs as Mercer defeated ETSU, 52-0, a year ago in Macon.
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 former Buccaneer quarterback Matt Wilhjelm as the color analyst.
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 be televised on Fox Sports Southeast and it will also be video streamed live on ESPN3 and Fox Sports Go … Fox Sports Southeast is channel 37 on Charter, 649 on DirecTV (sports package), channel 437 on DISH Network (sports package) … Pete Yanity will handle the play-by-play and former Georgia quarterback and head coach Ray Goff will be the color analyst.
In addition to following the Bucs on your mobile device and/or tablet with live audio and video, fans can get up to the minute stats by following the action via StatBroadcast. Fans can access live stats on their computers or mobile devices via MercerBears.com or by clicking here.
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ETSU returns home to host Cumberland on Saturday, Nov. 12 for Homecoming … Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Kermit Tipton Stadium.
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