October 28, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Wofford3147731
ETSU0107724
Scoring
1st Quarter
WOFFG02:13Luke Carter 23 Yd
2nd Quarter
ETSUFG12:34JJ Jerman 51 Yd
WOFTD10:50Lennox McAfee 9 Yd Pass From Brandon Goodson (Luke Carter kick)
ETSUTD04:14Hunter Wike 27 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
WOFTD02:01Lennox McAfee 48 Yd Run (Luke Carter kick)
3rd Quarter
ETSUTD07:28Matt Thompson 1 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
WOFTD03:52Andre Stoddard 3 Yd Run (Luke Carter kick)
4th Quarter
WOFTD11:32Blake Morgan 47 Yd Run (Luke Carter kick)
ETSUTD06:16Drake Powell 6 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
Stats at a GlanceWOFETSU
1st Downs1716
3rd Down Conversions9-169-18
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Passing (Comp-Att)100 (8-15) 262 (23-34)
Rushing (Att)302 (50) 15 (33)
Total Yards402277
Penalties8-655-40
Turnovers01
Fumbles Lost01
Interceptions00
Possession30:3629:24
Bucs return home to take on No. 8 Wofford on Saturday
Bucs return home to take on No. 8 Wofford on Saturday
Saturday, October 28, 2017

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2017) – Coming off its open week, the ETSU football team returns home to take on No. 8 Wofford Saturday afternoon at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.  

THINGS TO KNOW

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Game – ETSU faculty and staff can take advantage of half-priced tickets to Saturday’s game. The special pricing is part of Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, and tickets can be purchased by visiting the ETSU Athletic ticket office in the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center, coming to the Bank of Tennessee East Gate at Greene Stadium on game day, or by calling 423-439-ETSU (3878).

Student Tickets Still Available – Students are reminded that they can continue to order their free ticket to Saturday’s game with Wofford on-line at ETSUBucs.com or can pick up their ticket at the Bank of Tennessee East Gate on Saturday.

Ford Super Screen – After making its debut during the inaugural game at Greene Stadium back on Sept. 2, the “Ford Super Screen” will return to Lot 21 this Saturday. Beginning with coverage of ESPN’s College Game Day, the LED screen will broadcast nationally-televised games from around the country throughout the day.

1987 Football Reunion – Members of the 1987 team will be invited back to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the team’s upset win over Atlantic Coast Conference foe N.C. State. … Back on Nov. 7, 1987, the Bucs ruined the Wolfpack’s Homecoming weekend by winning that game 29-14. … Making the day more special is that the Bucs’ head coach that day, Mike Ayers, is the head coach at Wofford and will be on hand to share in the celebration with his former players.

Pink Game – The Bucs will wear pink accents on their uniforms this Saturday to show their support for the fight against breast cancer and recognize Susan G. Komen of East Tennessee, which works to battle the disease.

No umbrellas – With rain in the forecast, fans are reminded that umbrellas are not allowed inside Greene Stadium. Ponchos are recommended.

Tailgating – Parking lots around William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium will open for tailgating at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Buc Walk – The traditional Buc Walk will take place two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff, so Saturday’s walk will begin at 10:45 p.m.

Clear Bag Policy – The new stadium has a clear bag policy, which can be viewed in more detail by clicking here. Clear bags will also be available for purchase at the game.

ETSU NOTES

NOTABLES FROM WESTERN CAROLINA GAME

Prior to their bye week, the Bucs suffered a 49-10 setback to then-No. 21 Western Carolina on Oct. 14 in Cullowhee, N.C. … Falon Lee rushed for a career high 85 yards and averaged 5.3 yard per carry … The Bucs rushed for 137 yards against the Catamounts, marking the second time this season ETSU eclipsed the 100-yard mark … ETSU’s defense held Tyrie Adams to 14-of-27 with 83 passing yards and one touchdown, while sacking him three times … Haddon Hill caught his second career touchdown pass, as he hauled in a 10-yard reception on a 4th-and-3 play in the fourth quarter … The Bucs limited the top scoring team in the SoCon to seven points and 126 yards in the first half … Blake Bockrath recorded a sack for the second straight game … Austin Herink completed passes to eight different players … After getting injured in the 2016 season opener at Kennesaw State, offensive lineman Greg McCloud made his first appearance since that injury as he saw snaps at right guard in the second half.

HONORING THE 1987 BUCS

With head coach Mike Ayers bringing his Wofford Terriers into Johnson City, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is honoring the 1987 Buccaneers at today’s game ... The 1987 team, coached by Ayers, picked up a signature win that season as ETSU knocked off NC State, 29-14, on Nov. 7 in Raleigh ... Despite falling behind, 7-0, in the first quarter, the Bucs rattled off 21 unanswered points en route to capturing the 15-point win ... The Bucs were out-gained 317-298, while NC State ran 31 more plays and forced ETSU into six turnovers (five fumbles, one interception) ... The Buccaneer defense accounted for nine points as Rick Harris returned an interception 56 yards for a score and the Bucs also recovered a fumble for a safety ... Quarterback Jeff Morgan was 9-of-19 for 127 yards, while rushing for 68 yards and accounting for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) … That season, Morgan, Harris, David Berline (offensive lineman) and Cedric Solomon (wide receiver) all earned Southern Conference honors … Morgan threw for over 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for over 550 yards and seven scores … Harris totaled 58 tackles and seven interceptions, while Solomon led the Bucs with 36 receptions and 639 receiving yards … Thane Gash – who was drafted in the seventh round by the Cleveland Browns in 1988 – led the Blue and Gold with 133 tackles … Former Buccaneer linebacker and current Defensive Coordinator Billy Taylor totaled 59 tackles, five pass deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery in 1987.

CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE OF THE NC STATE GAME

WEIGEL CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE

Redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Weigel is closing in on a personal milestone … Weigel – who has started all 29 games in his collegiate career – has totaled 288 tackles … Weigel is 12 tackles shy of posting career number 300 … The Pickerington, Ohio native is looking to become the 11th player in program history to record 300 tackles in a career. 

HERINK ALSO EYEING MILESTONE

Redshirt junior quarterback Austin Herink is also eyeing a milestone of his own … After becoming just the sixth player in program history to record his 400th career completion at Western Carolina, Herink is also looking to reach 5,000 passing yards … The Cleveland, Tenn. native is 158 yards shy of reaching 5,000 yards of total offense for his career, which would make him the sixth player in school history to accomplish that mark. 

A WIN TONIGHT WOULD…

A Buccaneer win over Wofford would mark their first win over the Terriers since 1998 when ETSU cruised to a 45-24 win in Johnson City … It would also mark ETSU’s 344th victory in program history as well as giving the Bucs a 14-12 series lead … It would also be the second straight year the Bucs knocked off a ranked opponent, while marking the highest win over ranked foe since defeating No. 1 Georgia Southern, 19-16, on Oct. 27, 2001.  

TOUGH SCHEDULE

ETSU’s 11 opponents this year currently have a win percentage of .522 (47-33), while its first three opponents – Limestone (4-4), #1 James Madison (7-0), and #13 Citadel (4-3) – are a combined 15-7 (.681) through the first eight weeks of the season … ETSU has played the 12th toughest FCS schedule.

RED ZONE SUCCESS

Since the start of the 2016 season, ETSU is 42-of-47 (89%) in red zone scoring ... The Bucs have scored 223 points during these 47 trips (25 TDs/17 FGs).

ABOUT WOFFORD

  • Wofford enters the weekend with an overall record of 6-1 and 4-1 mark in the Southern Conference … The Terriers suffered their first loss of the season last Saturday as they fell to then-No. 14 Samford, 24-21, in Spartanburg
  • Six of Wofford’s seven games this season have been decided by a single possession (5-1 in those contests)
  • The Terriers rank 21st nationally in red zone defense (73.1), 29th in total defense (318.0) and 35th in scoring defense (21.3).
  • Offensively, Wofford ranks sixth nationally in rushing offense (279.1), 12th in third down conversion (47%), 16th in time of possession (32:22) and third in passing yards per completion (17.75).
  • Wofford has rushed for 1,954 yards this season, which equates to 70% of its total offense – 2,806 total yards of offense … The Terriers average six yards per play and 5.2 yards per run
  • The Terriers have turned the ball over eight times (seven lost fumbles, one interception), while their defense has totaled 13 takeaways (nine interceptions, four fumble recoveries)
  • Andre Stoddard, Lennox McAfee and Blake Morgan have all totaled over 400 rushing yards … Stoddard leads the team with 477 rushing yards (nine touchdowns), McAfee has 448 yards (three touchdowns) and Morgan has 402 yards (four touchdowns)
  • Stoddard ranks second among FCS players in rushing touchdowns, Blake Morgan ranks 12th in yards per reception (21.29) and Jason Hill is 30th (18.17)
  • Wofford has not lost a regular season road game since Oct. 1, 2016 when they fell at Samford, 28-26
  • Wofford’s defense has allowed just two 100+ yard rushers in its last 46 game
  • Wofford was picked to finish first in the Southern Conference preseason voting for the first time
  • Eight players received Preseason All-Southern Conference honors, with five on the first team and three on the second team. Leading the Terriers on the first team were offensive lineman Roo Daniels, defensive linemen Tyler Vaughn and Miles Brown, linebacker Datavious Wilson and cornerback Devin Watson. Second team honorees include offensive lineman Ross Demmel, cornerback George Gbesee and tight end Chandler Gouger
  • Junior defensive lineman Miles Brown also earned STATS FCS Preseason All-America honors
  • Mike Ayers has 203 wins at Wofford in his 30th season and 214 career wins in 33 seasons overall as a head coach
  • Last season, the Terriers defeated Charleston Southern and The Citadel en route to reaching the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs where the lost to Youngstown State 30-23 in double overtime
  • Wofford returns 15 starters from last season’s team – six offensive starters, eight defensive starters and one specialist … Wofford’s starting two-deep at Samford last weekend featured 13 seniors (six offense, seven defense), 11 juniors (five offense, six defense), 14 sophomores (eight offense, six defense) and six freshmen (three offense, three defense).

SERIES HISTORY

ETSU leads the all-time series, 13-12, but Wofford has won the last six meetings … This marks the 14th game played in Johnson City with ETSU holding a slight 7-6 advantage … Wofford blanked the Bucs, 31-0, last season in Spartanburg … ETSU’s last win over Wofford came in 1998 when the Bucs cruised to a 45-24 win in Johnson City … Wofford’s six-game win streak over the Blue and Gold marks 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 ... Last season, in the 31-0 setback in Spartanburg, the Bucs were held to negative-7 yards rushing and five first downs ... Overall, ETSU totaled 76 yards of offense (83 yards passing), while Wofford posted 350 of its 364 total yards on the ground ... Wofford held the ball for nearly 40 minutes of the contest, while the Blue and Gold did not move the ball into Terrier territory ... Austin Herink went 14-of-22 for 80 yards and was sacked three times ... The Buccaneer defense finished with 103 tackles, one sack and seven tackles for loss, while Wofford ran 33 more plays than ETSU, 75-42.

COVERAGE

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. 

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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 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 for a full wrap up, with game statistics, players and coach interviews, and other post-game information.       

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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 ETSUBucs.com.

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TICKETS

Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available … Tickets can be purchased by calling the ETSU Ticket Office at (423) 439-3878, online or on gameday at the ticket gate … Single-game tickets range between $20-30.

UP NEXT

The Buccaneers wrap up their home portion of the schedule next weekend when ETSU hosts VMI ... Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.

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