JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 7, 2019) – The Bucs will travel to Cullowhee, N.C. on Saturday for a 3:35 p.m. showdown in the Blue Ridge Border Battle.
Below are a list of things to know for Saturday’s Southern Conference showdown against the Catamounts, provided by our friends at Citizens Bank.
No. 1 – Blue Ridge Border Battle: Saturday’s game will mark the second edition of the Blue Ridge Border Battle Trophy between ETSU and Western Carolina. The trophy was introduced in 2018 with the Bucs claiming the victory, 45-43 in triple overtime. The trophy includes a two-tiered wooden pedestal adorned on opposite sides by the two school’s respective logos and the moniker of the football rivalry series. Atop the trophy is a rock that was taken from the Appalachian Trail on the North Carolina – Tennessee border in the heart of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains.
No. 2 – Kickoff: Kickoff for Saturday’s final SoCon road showdown is scheduled for an official 3:35 start time.
No. 3 – 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 Tennessee Lottery 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 Don Helman 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.
Saturday’s game will also be broadcast on ESPN+ with the team of Pete Yanity (play-by-play) and Jay Sonnhalter (color) on the call for Nexstar.
No. 4 – Ticket Information: Fans can still purchase tickets for Saturday’s game at Western Carolina. For more information, click here.
No. 5 – Series History: This will be the 49th all-time meeting between ETSU and Western Carolina. The Bucs trail Western Carolina 23-24-1 in the all-time series, most recently besting the Catamounts in triple overtime on Oct. 27, 2018 by the final score of 45-43. The Bucs are 11-12 all-time when playing in Cullowhee, N.C. with the last win in Cullowhee coming in 2002 by the final score of 27-7. The longest winning streak for either side in the series was when WCU rattled off seven straight victories from 1982-88. Both squads have scored a program-best 49 points in the series, with the Catamounts reaching that mark in 2017.
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