|November 04, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|ETSU||FG||04:02||JJ Jerman 33 Yd|
|ETSU||TD||00:39||Nasir Player (JJ Jerman kick)|
|VMI||FG||00:00||Grant Clemons 20 Yd|
|VMI||FG||12:05||Grant Clemons 35 Yd|
|ETSU||TD||00:43||Falon Lee 1 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)|
|ETSU||TD||10:12||Jajuan Stinson 2 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||VMI||ETSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-18||5-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||1-3|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||122 (17-34)||127 (8-15)|
|Rushing (Att)||57 (31)||132 (50)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 3, 2017) – Two months after opening its season with a win over Limestone, the ETSU football team gears up for its home finale as the Buccaneers host VMI Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium
Saturday marks the final home game for 27 Buccaneers who are graduating either at the end of this fall semester or the end of the 2018 spring semester … Prior to the game, the Buccaneer student-athletes will be honored during a pregame ceremony.
NOTABLES FROM WOFFORD GAME
After being shutout 31-0, totaling 76 yards of total offense and not moving the ball past the 50 at Wofford in 2016, the Bucs took Wofford to the brink but couldn’t keep their final drive alive to complete the comeback in last Saturday’s 31-24 setback to the eighth-ranked Terriers … Austin Herink went 23-for-34 for 262 yards and two touchdowns … JJ Jerman connected on a career-long 51-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 12:34 remaining in the second quarter … The field goal is tied for the second-longest make in program history … Dylan Weigel and Nasir Player combined for 25 tackles, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries … Player finished with a career high 13 tackles and Weigel notched 12 tackles en route to marking his 300th career tackle (11th player in school history to reach the 300-tackle mark) … Quan Harrison recorded a career-high 139 all-purpose yards, and he finished with 119 kickoff return yards and 20 punt return yards … The Bucs went 9-of-18 on third down and kept the time of possession even – Wofford 30:36 to ETSU’s 29:24 … Freshman Tyree Robinson made his first collegiate start and totaled a career-best eight tackles, while redshirt freshman Eddie Gajardo also made his first collegiate start (right tackle) ... After tying the game at 17 with 7:28 remaining in the third quarter and forcing Wofford to a 3-and-out on the ensuing drive, ETSU had momentum until Austin Herink was hit and fumbled, which resulted in Wofford taking the ball to the ETSU six-yard line and eventually went ahead for good, 24-17 with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter … Austin Herink was sacked four times, while Wofford totaled seven tackles for loss for negative-31 yards … ETSU did not record a sack and posted three tackles for loss … Two of Wofford’s scoring plays went for over 45 yards – 48-yard touchdown run on a 3rd-and-4 play with 2:01 remaining in the second quarter and a 47-yard touchdown run on a 3rd-and-14 play with 11:32 left in the fourth quarter … ETSU rushed 33 times for 15 yards (0.5 average) and was unable to keep its final drive alive as Jujuan Stinson was tripped up on 4th-and-1 from the Wofford 23-yard line … ETSU allowed Wofford to go 9-of-16 on third down, including the two long scoring rushing touchdowns, while allowing the Terriers to average six yards per run … Of the Bucs’ 12 offensive possessions, six resulted in 3-and-outs, including four where we posted negative yards.
WEIGEL EARNS MILESTONE AGAINST WOFFORD
Redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Weigel eclipsed a personal milestone in the Bucs’ 31-24 setback to Wofford on Oct. 28 … Following his 12-tackle performance, Weigel became the 11th player in program history to record 300 career tackles … In 30 career games, Weigel has totaled 300 career tackles … Weigel needs four tackles to pass Richie Johnson for 10th, seven to pass M.K. Smith for ninth, and 19 to pass Terrieic Robbins for eighth.
HERINK ALSO POSTS MILESTONE AGAINST THE TERRIERS
Redshirt junior quarterback Austin Herink also secured a milestone of his own against Wofford on Oct. 28 … After becoming just the sixth player in program history to record his 400th career completion at Western Carolina, Herink became the sixth player in program history to reach 5,000 yards of total offense yards … Herink now has 5,075 yards of total offense, while he’s 102 yards away of passing Randy Meredith for fifth … The Cleveland, Tenn. native needs just 189 passing yards to become only the sixth Buccaneer to pass for over 5,000 yards … Herink ranks sixth all-time in ETSU history with 4,811 passing yards.
JERMAN, PLAYER, WEIGEL POST SOCON BESTS
JJ Jerman, Nasir Player and Dylan Weigel have all posted SoCon bests this season … Last Saturday, JJ Jerman connected on a career-long 51-yard field goal, which is not only tied for the second-longest in program history, but also tops the longest mark among SoCon players this season, while also tying for the eighth longest mark among FCS kickers this year … Dylan Weigel’s 19-tackle effort against The Citadel on Sept. 16 are the most by a SoCon player this year and is tied for the seventh-highest among FCS players … Nasir Player’s three sacks versus Robert Morris are also the most by a SoCon player in 2017 and the sixth-most by a FCS player this year.
Since restarting football in 2015, the Buccaneers have won their home finale in each of the first two seasons, which also includes a 15-14 victory over No. 18 Samford last season … Overall, ETSU has won nine of its last 11 home finales, dating back to the 1995 season.
ETSU’s 11 opponents this year currently have a win percentage of .527 (49-44), while its first three opponents – Limestone (4-5), No. 1 James Madison (8-0), No. 13 Citadel (5-3) – are a combined 17-8 (.680) through the first nine weeks of the season … ETSU has played the eighth toughest FCS schedule ... Of ETSU’s five losses, each opponent is either currently or have been ranked in the top-25 this season – James Madison was ranked No. 1, The Citadel was No. 13, Furman is currently ranked No. 24, Western Carolina was ranked No. 21 and Wofford was ranked No. 8.
SOCON PLAYING THE BEST IN 2017
The SoCon is the only conference in college football that will take on both the reigning FCS and FBS national champions this season. In addition to ETSU squaring off against JMU, The Citadel will face Clemson on Nov. 18.
Jajuan Stinson has carried the ball 314 times in his career en route to totaling 1,413 rushing yards (4.5 yards per carry) … Linebacker Dylan Weigel has totaled 300 career tackles in 30 games played ... Kicker JJ Jerman is 57-for-58 in PATs for his career … Jerman’s 57 PATs rank third all-time in program history … Jerman also ranks fourth all-time with 32 field goals and needs four more to pass Herbie Campbell (1982-85) for third and six more to break the school record ... Has 5,075 yards of total offense, which ranks sixth all-time, while he needs six passing touchdowns to pass Jeff Morgan (1984-87) for sixth all-time ... Herink also needs 189 passing yards to break the 5,000 yard mark.
ETSU leads the all-time series, 13-9, and the Bucs have won seven of the last eight and nine of the last 11 meetings ... Today marks the 11th game played in Johnson City and ETSU holds an 8-2 advantage in the previous 10 games ... ETSU’s longest win streak in the series was snapped last year as the Bucs won seven straight until last year’s 37-7 setback … VMI’s longest run is a four-game stretch from 1979-85 ... The Bucs’ largest win all-time against VMI was a 38-0 victory back in 1996.
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 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.
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.
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.
Saturday is also Heroes’ Day … The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is honoring all veterans and military, and first responders with a free ticket when they show their respective ID at the ticket window on gameday.
ETSU hits the road for the final two games of the 2017 season, beginning next Saturday when the Bucs face No. 15 Samford … Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. EDT at Seibert Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.
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