|September 02, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|ETSU||TD||11:22||Andrew Heyward 43 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)|
|ETSU||TD||08:36||A. Spagnoletti 45 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)|
|LC||FG||05:53||Smith 38 Yd|
|ETSU||TD||00:38||Jajuan Stinson 1 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)|
|ETSU||TD||11:39||Vincent Lowe 25 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)|
|LC||TD||04:38||Corbin 2 Yd Run (Smith kick)|
|ETSU||FG||10:48||JJ Jerman 48 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||LC||ETSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||2-15||4-9|
|4th Down Conversions||3-5||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||29 (7-20)||239 (16-20)|
|Rushing (Att)||193 (46)||140 (35)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 1, 2017) – The wait is finally over for the ETSU football team.
With much anticipation and hype, the Buccaneers open their 2017 season and their new, on-campus home under the lights by hosting Limestone College on Saturday night inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE 2017 SEASON OPENER
The Bucs are entering their third season of football since restarting the program in 2015 … After posting two wins in year one, ETSU went 5-6 a year ago, which included wins at Kennesaw State, against Western Carolina at Bristol Motor Speedway and a 15-14 victory over No. 18 Samford to end the season.
Saturday marks the first time in 5,034 days that ETSU football will play a game on campus ... The Bucs’ last game on campus was back on Nov. 22, 2003, when the Blue and Gold defeated The Citadel, 16-13, inside the Mini Dome ... The last time ETSU played a home game outdoors on campus was Nov. 25, 1972 when the Bucs defeated Chattanooga, 35-0, at Memorial Stadium, which is currently where the MSHA Athletic Center now stands ... The last time ETSU opened a new, on-campus stadium was on Sept. 10, 1977 when the Bucs hosted North Alabama inside the Mini-Dome.
This season marks the 83rd season of Buccaneer football … ETSU is 39-40-3 in its previous 82 season openers ... The Blue and Gold have split their last two openers since restarting the program, ETSU defeated Kennesaw State, 20-17 in double-overtime last season in Georgia, while dropping a 56-16 decision to the Owls in 2015.
ETSU is 3-0 all-time in games played on Sept. 2 ... The Bucs defeated Liberty, 37-20, in 2000, while taking down The Citadel, 28-10, in 1999 and VMI, 17-16, in 1989.
The STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 was released in early August, and the ETSU football team received votes in the preseason poll ... The Buccaneers, who finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 5-6 in their second season as a program, received three votes in the poll.
The 2017 ETSU football roster features 119 players ... 54 players are from Tennessee … Other stats represented on the roster are Georgia (15), Ohio (10), North Carolina (8), Virginia (8), Alabama (7), Florida (6), South Carolina (6), Texas (2), and one each from Arizona, New York, and West Virginia ... 74 of the 119 players (62-percent) are underclassmen (30 true freshman, 12 red-shirt freshman, 9 sophomores, 23 redshirt sophomores), while the rest of the roster is made up of 14 juniors, 22 redshirt juniors, six seniors, and three redshirt seniors.
Three Buccaneer players earned Preseason Southern Conference honors: redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio), senior offensive lineman Alex Rios (Tucson, Ariz.) and junior kicker JJ Jerman (Seymour, Tenn).
Going into 2017, five Buccaneers have started all 22 games since the program returned in 2015: Austin Herink (QB), Matt Pyke (OL), Chris Bouyer (DL), Dylan Weigel (LB) and Trey Quillin (LB).
Redshirt junior running back Jajuan Stinson (Knoxville, Tenn.) has carried the ball 245 times in his career, totaling 1,179 rushing yards (4.8 yards per carry) … Dylan Weigel has totaled 233 career tackles in his first 22 collegiate games played … JJ Jerman is 40-for-41 in PATs for his career … Jerman’s 40 PATs rank seventh all-time in ETSU history, and he’s seven away of passing Ron Harrold (1968-70) for sixth.
ETSU plays five teams who reached the FCS Playoff a year ago, including a Week Two match up with reigning national champion James Madison on Sept. 9.
The Saints enter their fourth year of competition, and their first as an associate member of the South Atlantic Conference.
Limestone is looking for its third straight season-opening win.
The Blue and Gold posted a 4-2 road record a season ago, including four straight to open the 2016 campaign.
The Saints finished with a 5-6 overall mark, the best record in the program’s short history; the team had just four wins combined over the first two years of play.
Saturday’s matchup will be the second meeting with a NCAA Division I opponent; Limestone lost to Jacksonville (61-10) in the only other game against an FCS foe.
The Blue and Gold returns 16 starters (7 offensive/9 defensive) from last year’s squad.
Limestone will feature a veteran defensive unit that ranked eighth in Division II with 32 takeaways.
The defense scored a national-leading eight touchdowns a year ago.
The Saints went 5-0 last season when holding opponents to 20 points or less.
The Saints are coached by Mike Furrey – who is entering his second season at the helm … Furrey played eight seasons in the National Football League.
Limestone placed five players on the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason All-Conference Team, including a pair of first-teamers in sophomore quarterback Ivan Corbin, Jr. and senior defensive back Joshua Simmons.
Simmons, a two-time All-American and a finalist for the 2016 Cliff Harris Award, returns with an impressive resume after finishing second in Division II with eight interceptions. He led the nation with three interceptions returned for a touchdown, including a 95-yard return to seal a win at Lenoir-Rhyne. Simmons, who was named to the College Football America 2017 Yearbook Division II Starting Lineup, posted 42 tackles, eight interceptions, 12 breakups, and a pair of fumble recoveries during his junior season. He tied his own team record with three picks in one game last year in a 6-0 win at Catawba.
Saturday marks the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN3 via the WatchESPN app … David Jackson will handle the play-by-play duties, while former ETSU quarterback and Hall of Fame member Mark Hutsell will be the color analyst and Kasey Marler will handle sideline reporting.
The Buccaneer Sports Network (BSN) will provide ETSU fans with complete pregame, in-game and postgame coverage on the radio. Games air live on the Bucs’ flagship station WXSM-AM 640 and affiliate station 104.9 FM NASH ICON.
The BSN begins its pregame programing one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute long ETSU Football Tailgate Show, followed by the Carl Torbush Pregame Show Powered by Ford which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Appalachian Orthopaedic Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff.
The broadcast team of “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos, color analyst and former ETSU quarterback Matt Wilhjelm, sideline reporter Robert Harper, and studio hosts Don Helman, Mike Gallagher and Andy Jackson will provide ETSU fans all the information they need to complement their game-day activities.
Following each game, fans can tune into the General Shale Post Game Show to get a full wrap up game statistics, players and coach interviews, and other post-game information.
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