November 21, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Kentucky Wesleyan0714627
1st Quarter
ETSUTD06:49Austin Herink 9 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
2nd Quarter
ETSUTD06:56Falon Lee 22 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
KWCTD00:33Cole 42 Yd Pass From Oliver (Woodburn kick)
3rd Quarter
ETSUTD13:40Falon Lee 40 Yd Pass From D. Anthony (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUTD11:10Jajuan Stinson 24 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
KWCTD07:29Tucker 18 Yd Pass From Oliver (Woodburn kick)
KWCTD02:06Chandler 16 Yd Pass From Oliver (Woodburn kick)
4th Quarter
ETSUTD07:01Hunter Wike 50 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
KWCTD04:49Cole 11 Yd Pass From Oliver (Woodburn missed kick)
ETSUTD02:16Austin Herink 37 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
Stats at a GlanceKWCETSU
1st Downs2226
3rd Down Conversions6-1410-16
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Passing (Comp-Att)388 (43-54) 260 (15-18)
Rushing (Att)-13 (16) 314 (53)
Total Yards375574
Fumbles Lost12
Friday, November 20, 2015

ETSU to hold Military Appreciation Day on Saturday

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2015) – The ETSU football team wraps up its 2015 season on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers host Kentucky Wesleyan. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., at Kermit Tipton Stadium. 


The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is holding a a pair of special promotions at this Saturday’s football game. The presenting game sponsor that day will be Jimmy John’s. 

The Bucs will host a special Military Appreciation Day and will provide a complimentary ticket to all Veterans who present a valid military I.D. at the ticket booths surrounding the stadium. In addition, the ETSU Marching Bucs will also be hosting a special band reunion during the game, which will include a unique opportunity for former members of the band to perform at halftime with the Marching Bucs. 

As part of the Military Appreciation Day, ETSU athletics personnel have already distributed a special allotment of tickets to Veterans at the nearby Mountain Home VA. Any family of Veterans will also be able to purchase specially-priced companion tickets for $10. 

For more information on the Marching Bucs reunion, click on the following link: 

To honor all current and former military members, ETSU alum and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ron Hite and members of the ETSU ROTC will lead the Buccaneers out on the field by carrying the American Flag on Saturday. Hite, a 1964 graduate of ETSU, retired from the military in 1997 after 33 years of service where he had been awarded two Distinguished Service medals, four Legions of Merit, three Meritorious Service medals, paratrooper wings and the Ranger Tab. In addition, he received the ETSU Distinguished Alumni in the Armed Forces award in 1989, while he was involved with the development of the HUMMER military vehicle and several major weapons systems. 

To begin the morning, members of the Rolling Thunder will lead the ETSU busses from the Dome to Kermit Tipton Stadium at 11 a.m. 


Playing its final road game and facing its final FCS opponent of the season, ETSU couldn’t take down Big South foe Gardner-Webb as the Runnin’ Bulldogs scored the final 21 points en route to defeating the Buccaneers, 28-3, last Saturday at Spangler Stadium … Despite getting a season-high 18 tackles from River Boruff (Sparta, Tenn.) and 15 tackles each by Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) and Tony Welch (Pickerington, Ohio), the Bucs’ offense – who were facing their fifth opponent ranked in the top-25 in total defense among FCS teams – was limited to a season lows in total yards (126), rushing yards (54), passing yards (54) and first downs (9) … On its second possession of the game, Gardner-Webb recorded a 15-play, 68-yard scoring drive to go up, 7-0, while the Bucs responded on the ensuing drive as a 34-yard field goal by JJ Jerman (Seymour, Tenn.) made it, 7-3 … However, after ETSU’s defense held the Runnin’ Bulldogs to zero yards on their next two possessions, Gardner-Webb scored on its final two drives of the half to extend the lead to, 21-3 … The Runnin’ Bulldogs ran 12 plays and totaled 139 yards the final two drives … Unfortunately, ETSU’s offense couldn’t answer the scoring drives and was held scoreless following Jerman’s eighth field goal of the season … Overall, Gardner-Webb’s quarterback Tyrell Maxwell accounted for 268 of its 446 yards on offense, while winning the time of possession, 37:25-22:35 … The Runnin’ Bulldogs were also 9-of-19 on third down (3-for-3 on fourth down), compared to the Bucs going 1-of-12 on their third down opportunities … Freshman defensive back Domenique Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) broke the ETSU single-season record for return yards in the setback as he entered the game tied with Ronnie Horton (1980) with 732 yards, but after totaling 64 return yards, the Buccaneer rookie set a new record with 796 yards … The Blue and Gold also won the turnover battle as Keanu James (Dacula, Ga.) registered his first collegiate interception, while ETSU didn’t turn the ball over for its second straight contest … Offensively, wide receivers Hunter Wike (Canton, N.C.) and Malik Styles (Dandridge, Tenn.) both had three receptions each, while Falon Lee (Macclenny, Fla.) paced the backs with eight carries for 26 yards … For the second time this season, quarterback Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) played the entire game as he finished 12-of-19 with 72 yards, but was sacked four times for -26 yards. 


Kentucky Wesleyan (4-5) had its four-game win streak snapped last week as the Panthers fell at home to Alderson Broaddus, 48-29, in the G-MAC Founders Cup game … During the four-game win streak, which included a 69-61 victory over Alfred State, the Panthers averaged nearly 50 points … Kentucky Wesleyan, who is playing this season and next season as an independent, will start playing in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) in 2017 … As a team, the Panthers rank among the Division II national leaders in passing offense (9th, 317.4), passing efficiency (17th, 153.9), tackles for loss (19th, 8.2), 25th in completion percentage (62.1) and 33rd in rush defense (123.3) … Individually, quarterback Dalton Oliver is 11th in passing yards per game (302.7), 18th in passing touchdowns (27) and 25th in total offense (293.1), wide receiver Keelan Cole is second in receiving touchdowns (15) and receiving yards per game (136.0), fifth in receiving yards (1,224), and eighth in all-purpose yards (173.7) and fellow wide receiver Xavier Mitchell ranks sixth in receptions per game (8.0) … In last week’s setback to Alderson Broaddus, Cole and Mitchell combined for 18 receptions for 205 yards and three touchdowns, while Oliver was 29-of-51 with 293 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions … Of their 3,543 yards on offense, 81-percent has been totaled through the air as the Panther quarterbacks have passed for 2,853 yards this season … Overall, Kentucky Wesleyan’s offense has turned the ball over 17 times (11 interceptions/six fumbles), while its defense has forced 16 turnovers (seven interceptions/nine fumbles) … Defensively, senior linebacker Cody Mills leads the team in tackles (68) and tackles for loss (9.5), while senior defensive back Yorell Branch has a team-best three interceptions and senior defensive end Micah Crutcher has four sacks in five games. 


Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between the two programs. 


Saturday’s game will be video streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network as “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will handle the play-by-play and former Buccaneer quarterback Matt Wilhjelm will be the color analyst. Jessica Larkin will be the sideline reporter. Click here for live video.     

Fans can also listen to the radio call on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster or on 104.9 NASH Icon. The Buccaneer Sports Network will launch its pregame broadcast one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute long Eastman Credit Union Tailgate Show, followed by the Carl Torbush Pregame Show powered by Ford which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The First Bank and Trust Company Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff. An audio stream will be available via or by clicking here.   

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, mobile devices or tablets by visiting or clicking here.    


  • Parking lots open at 8 a.m. – Click here for tailgating guidelines 
  • Gates to the stadium will open at 11 a.m.
  • The Buc Walk begins at 11:25 a.m. 
  • There is NO re-entry into Kermit Tipton Stadium. 
  • Students need to enter through the south or east gates of Kermit Tipton Stadium 
  • A complimentary shuttle will run from ETSU’s campus to Kermit-Tipton Stadium beginning two hours prior to kickoff. The shuttle will drop off and pick up riders on the lower level driveway near Freedom Hall Civic Center. Click here for shuttle schedule.  
  • Click here for more Game Day information. For additional information, please download the ETSU Game Time app. Click here for iOS users and here for Android users.   


Tickets still remain for Saturday's game. Silver level tickets are $25 and Bronze level seats are $20 each.    

Click here for seating map.   

To purchase tickets, call the ETSU Ticket Office at (423) 439-3878, or click here to purchase them online.    


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