September 17, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Western Carolina71401031
1st Quarter
WCUTD05:42Detrez Newsome 1 Yd Run (Logan Howard kick)
2nd Quarter
ETSUFG07:39JJ Jerman 43 Yd
WCUTD05:52Detrez Newsome 11 Yd Pass From Tyrie Adams (Logan Howard missed kick)
WCUTD04:09Detrez Newsome 12 Yd Run
ETSUTD00:04Vincent Lowe 2 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
3rd Quarter
ETSUTD10:13Keith Coffee 12 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUTD01:20Matt Thompson 2 Yd Pass From Austin Herink (JJ Jerman kick)
4th Quarter
ETSUFG10:23JJ Jerman 30 Yd
WCUFG07:56Logan Howard 39 Yd
ETSUTD01:19Jajuan Stinson 1 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
WCUTD00:13Detrez Newsome 45 Yd Pass From Tyrie Adams (Logan Howard kick)
Stats at a GlanceWCUETSU
1st Downs2229
3rd Down Conversions4-1113-19
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Passing (Comp-Att)343 (26-39) 269 (24-37)
Rushing (Att)100 (27) 205 (50)
Total Yards443474
Fumbles Lost11
ETSU, Western Carolina to rekindle SoCon rivalry Saturday in Bristol
ETSU, Western Carolina to rekindle SoCon rivalry Saturday in Bristol
Friday, September 16, 2016

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2016) – 4,684 days.

That’s the amount of days elapsed since ETSU football last played a Southern Conference game.

The streak will finally end on Saturday as ETSU rekindles its rivalry with Western Carolina in the Food City “Battle at Bristol” game, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m., at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Tickets for this historic SoCon opener are available and can be purchased by calling 423-BRISTOL, visiting, at your local Food City store or on gameday at BMS.




ETSU (1-0, 0-0) won its 2016 season opener as sophomore kicker JJ Jerman’s (Seymour, Tenn.) 24-yard walk-off field goal lifted the Buccaneers to a 20-17 double-overtime victory at Kennesaw State on Saturday, Sept. 3.

The win, which was ETSU’s first Football Championship Subdivision victory since a 16-13 victory over The Citadel in the 2003 season finale, earned the Bucs FCS Team of the Week honors for the opening weekend of play.

Kennesaw State was receiving votes in the STATS FCS Top 25 poll entering the season, while the Blue and Gold were able to serve revenge following last year’s 56-16 setback in the 2015 opener.

Jerman earned SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on the game-winning field goal and sophomore linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) was tabbed SoCon Defensive Player of the Week via College Sports Madness.

Weigel and defensive back Ryan Powers (Jupiter, Fla.) led the Blue and Gold defense with 11 tackles apiece, while redshirt freshman defensive lineman Nasir Player (Columbia, S.C.) totaled eight solo tackles and a sack in his collegiate debut.  

Powers leads all FCS players in solo tackles (10) and Weigel ranks third (9).

As a team, the Buccaneers rank fourth among FCS teams in first down defense (19) and turnover margin (2.00), 12th in completion percentage (69.2), 14th in red-zone defense (60.0), 22nd in fumbles recovered (2) and 25th in net punting (37.75).

Sophomore quarterback Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) completed a career-high 18 passes in the win at Kennesaw, while his 69.2 completion percentage ranks 11th among FCS players … Sophomore running back Jajuan Stinson (Knoxville, Tenn.) totaled 91 yards on 23 carries against the Owls … Both Herink and Stinson posted touchdown runs.

Despite its 13-year hiatus from SoCon play, ETSU carries a two-game win streak into Saturday’s contest as the Bucs defeated Chattanooga (68-7) and The Citadel (16-13) in their final two conference games of the 2003 season.

Not only is this weekend’s game the first SoCon contest for the Bucs since Nov. 22, 2003, it also marks the #RoadtoFrisco FCS Game of the Week.


Western Carolina enters the weekend 1-1 after suffering a 52-7 loss at East Carolina in the season opener, while the Catamounts bounced back with a 44-14 win over Gardner-Webb last weekend in their home opener.

As a team Western Carolina ranks ninth in FCS in total offense (505.0), 10th in completion percentage (70.0), 10th in first downs offense (49), 12th in fumbles recovered (3), 12th in passing efficiency (156.88), 14th in passing offense (299.5), 16th in punt return defense (0.67), and 28th in rushing offense (205.5).

Individually, redshirt freshman quarterback Tyrie Adams ranks third in FCS in total offense (364.0), seventh in passing yards (594), eighth in passing touchdowns (5), passing yards per game (297.0), and completion percentage (71.6), 10th in completions per game (24.0) and 17th in points responsible for per game (15.0) … Junior running back Detrez Newsome ranks 21st in FCS in all purpose yards (144.00), 24th in rushing yards (198) and 26th in scoring (9.0) … Redshirt junior wide receiver Terryon Robinson and redshirt senior wide receiver Spearman Robinson ranks 26th and 29th in FCS in receiving yards per game … Terryon has 165 receiving yards in two games, while Spearman has 157 receiving yards … Terryon also ranks 16th in receptions per game (7.0) and Spearman is 22nd (6.5) in receptions per game … Junior linebacker A.J. Newman and redshirt junior defensive back Shane Samuels rank 17th in FCS in forced fumbles (0.50), while senior defensive back Trey Morgan and senior defensive end Avery Worsham rank fifth in fumbles recovered (1) … Senior defensive back Fred Payne ranks 36th in FCS in solo tackles (6.0). 

Last year, Western Carolina went 7-4 (5-2 in SoCon) en route to finishing third in the SoCon in 2015. 

The Catamounts return SoCon Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in running back Detrez Newsome … Newsome rushed for 1,109 yards as a sophomore, averaging 5.8 yards per carry last season. 

WCU - who had 10 players on the preseason all-conference list - was picked to finish fourth by the league coaches. 

Overall, WCU returns 51 lettermen from a year ago (23 offense/24 defense/4 specialists) … The

Catamounts return 15 starters from 2015 (6 offense/6 defense/3 specialists). 


Western Carolina leads the all-time series, 23-21-1.

This marks the first meeting since Sept. 23, 2003 when the Catamounts defeated ETSU, 28-21, in Johnson City.

Western Carolina leads the all-time series at ETSU, 12-10-1, while the series is knotted at 11 in games played at Western Carolina.

ETSU’s last win in the series came in 2002 when the Bucs defeated WCU, 27-7 … Current Senior Associate Athletic Director/COO Scott Carter had 92 yards on 17 carries, while Allen Davis, Andrew Forester and Gerald Sensabaugh all had interceptions for the Blue and Gold … Sensabaugh – who had a pick-six – also recovered a fumble.

The Bucs won six straight games in the series form 1932-37, while ETSU’s largest win was a 49-10 victory in 1996 – marking the most points scored by the Bucs in the series.


The last time ETSU played on Sept. 17 was back in 1994 when the Bucs defeated VMI, 31-21, in Johnson City … The win over the Keydets marked Mike Cavan’s 50th career victory … Wide receiver Jeff Johnson set the Buccaneer single-game record for receptions (16) and receiving yards (239) in the win … Johnson was one reception and 25 yards shy of breaking then the SoCon record … Johnson was named National I-AA Player of the Week for that performance … Quarterback Greg Ryan threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns … The 320 passing yards rank sixth all-time in single-game history … Wide receiver

Chris Beatty threw a touchdown pass to Johnson in the 10-point win … Brian Edwards also totaled 141 rushing yards on 16 carries and one touchdown in the win. 

Overall, ETSU is 2-2 all-time on this date as the Bucs beat Murray State, 20-16, in 1966, while falling to the Racers, 14-0, in 1960 and dropped a 42-12 decision to Furman in 1977. 


Fans can listen to the radio call on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster or on 104.9 NASH Icon as “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos will carry the play-by-play and Don Helman will be filling in for former Buccaneer quarterback Matt Wilhjelm as the color analyst. Jessica Larkin will be the sideline reporter.  

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 Tennessee Bank Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff. An audio stream will be available via or by clicking here.   

Saturday’s game will also be video streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network. Click here for live video.  

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 or by clicking here 


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The Bucs remain in conference play as ETSU heads to Spartanburg, S.C., to take on Wofford next Saturday, Sept. 24 … Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m., at Gibbs Stadium. 

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