LEXINGTON, Va. (Sept. 13, 2018) – With ETSU football gearing up for its 2018 Southern Conference opener, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics released Thursday a list of the Top 5 “Things to Know” presented by Citizens Bank.
No. 1 – Kickoff Time: ETSU’s game at VMI has been moved to Friday, Sept. 14, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. at Foster Stadium in Lexington, Va. The game was moved in response to forecasts of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact on the East Coast this weekend.
No. 2 – Broadcast Information: The Buccaneer Sports Network (BSN) will provide ETSU fans with complete pregame, in-game and postgame coverage 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 Randy Sanders 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 Trey Adams will provide ETSU fans all the information they need to complement their game-day activities.
At halftime, the crew will have the Zaxby’s Halftime Show, while 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.
Friday’s game will also be broadcast live on ESPN+, click here to access the live video stream.
No. 3 – Series History: ETSU leads the all-time series, 14-9, and the Bucs have won eight of the last nine and 10 of the last 12 meetings ... Friday marks the 12th game played in Lexington and VMI holds a slight 7-5 advantage, including a 37-7 win in the Bucs’ last trip to VMI in 2016 ... ETSU’s longest win streak in the series was snapped following that 30-point setback as the Bucs won the previous seven meetings … 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.
No. 4 – Bucs Searching for First SoCon Road Win: ETSU is looking to record its first SoCon road win since beating Western Carolina, 27-7, back on Sept. 28, 2002 … The Bucs have lost their last 15 SoCon road games since that win over the Catamounts … With a win today in Lexington, it would mark the Bucs’ first SoCon road win in 5,831 days.
No. 5 – ETSU’s Defense Leading the SoCon: ETSU’s defense leads all SoCon teams in rushing defense as the Bucs are allowing 102 rushing yards through the first two games of the season … The Bucs held Mars Hill to 14 rushing yards in the season opener, which marks the lowest total by a SoCon team this year and the 10thlowest total by a FCS team this season … Overall, ETSU ranks 22ndin the FCS in rushing defense.
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