October 06, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
ETSUTD10:34Quay Holmes 2 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
2nd Quarter
ETSUFG12:52JJ Jerman 28 Yd
ETSUTD04:33Quay Holmes 11 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
3rd Quarter
ETSUTD06:54Jacob Saylors 37 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUTD03:22Quay Holmes 10 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
4th Quarter
ETSUTD06:31Matt Thompson 5 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUTD03:25Jacob Saylors 1 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
Stats at a GlanceGWUETSU
1st Downs1427
3rd Down Conversions5-149-14
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)162 (19-31) 244 (21-29)
Rushing (Att)59 (29) 217 (42)
Total Yards221461
Fumbles Lost10
ETSU gears up for Homecoming game versus Gardner-Webb
ETSU gears up for Homecoming game versus Gardner-Webb
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Bucs searching for first four-game win streak since 1999

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 5, 2018)– The ETSU football team wraps up its three-game homestand this Saturday when the Buccaneers host Gardner-Webb for Homecoming inside Greene Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.


As fans make their plans for the game, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has released its Top  “Things to Know” presented by Citizens Bank.

Fans are also reminded they can access information regarding game day activities by visiting ETSUBucs.com and clicking on the Game Day Central link located on the football page, or by downloading the ETSU Game Time App for Apple and Android devices. Current users of the Game Time App are encouraged to update prior to the season to get the latest information on Buc athletics.

No. 1 – Blue Out: Saturday’s game has been designated a “Blue Out” and fans are asked to wear their favorite blue ETSU gear for the game with Gardner-Webb.

No. 2 – Buc Walk: The Buc Walk on Saturday will begin at 1:15 p.m.

No. 3 – Student ticket information: Student tickets will be released online the Saturday prior to each home game. Students can also pick up tickets in person by visiting the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), which is now located inside the second floor of the CPA, from Sunday through Thursday at noon on game week. Standard hours for the services desk are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-5 p.m. More student ticket information is available by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the Game Day Central page. Students can order their tickets on-line by clicking here.

No. 4 – Ticket information: Tickets are now on sale. To purchase click here

No. 5 – Tailgating, Pepsi Live Stage and Ford Super Screen: Parking lots on campus open at 8 a.m. for tailgating on game days. Click here for the game day parking map. In addition to regular tailgating fun, the Pepsi Live Stage and Ford Super Screen will be available in Lot 21 on game day. The Pepsi Live Stage concert featuring Wyldeheart and Folk Soul Revival begins at noon.

No. 6 – Clear Bag Policy and Enhanced Security: ETSU has a clear bag policy for all home football games inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium. In addition, new security procedures including metal detectors and security wands will be employed at entry gates. Fans are asked to arrive early to insure access to the stadium.

No. 7 – Men's Basketball to Hold Open Practice: The ETSU men's basketball team will hold an open practice session Saturday inside the Center for Physical Activity (CPA) on campus beginning at 11:30 a.m. The CPA, which is located next to William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium, will provide a perfect location for fans to be able to take in the open practice, even if they are on campus for tailgating events prior to Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m. The practice is scheduled to conclude in time for fans to participate in the Buc Walk, which is scheduled for 1:15.

No. 8 – ETSU Volleyball hosts Furman on Saturday night: Following the football game on Saturday, the ETSU volleyball team will host Furman at 8 p.m. inside Brooks Gym … Volleyball games are free to the public and fans who bring their football ticket to the game will be entered to win two sideline passes to the ETSU-Western Carolina football game on Saturday, Oct. 27.  



For back-to-back weeks, ETSU (4-1) has received votes in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll, while the Blue and Gold picked up votes in the Coaches Poll for the first time since the program restarted in 2015 … ETSU enters the weekend with 224 votes in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll, which is right behind Chattanooga’s 254, while the Bucs are the first team out of the top-25 in the Coaches Poll with 17 votes. 


A Buccaneer win on Saturday would mark ETSU’s 349th victory in program history, while it would mark the Bucs’ best six-game start to a season since starting 5-1 in 1999 (ETSU’s best start in program history was in 1969 when the Bucs won their first six games en route to going 10-0-1 and defeating Terry Bradshaw’s Louisiana Tech squad 34-14 in the Grantland Rice Bowl).


The Bucs have won their last two Homecoming games as ETSU defeated Cumberland 23-16 in 2016 and Robert Morris 16-3 last season in Greene Stadium.


The Bucs have won three straight games, marking the first time they have accomplished this feat since winning three-in-a-row from Oct. 27-Nov. 10, 2001 when ETSU defeated No. 1 Georgia Southern (19-16), Charleston Southern (26-0) and Chattanooga (32-10) … The last time ETSU has won four straight games was in 1999 when the Blue and Gold opened the season, 4-0 … During this three-game win streak, the Bucs’ wins have been by a combined eight points, while outscoring the opposition 24-7 in the first quarter … ETSU’s defense has held opponents to less than 300 yards per game (295.3) over the last three games, while also totaling 204 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, five interceptions, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one safety … Linebackers Dylan Weigel (23) and Jared Folks (22) have accounted for 45 tackles and 10 tackles for loss, while Nasir Player and Folks have both totaled 3.5 sacks over the last three games … Offensively, Quay Holmes has posted 425 all-purpose yards (141.7 per game) during this win streak – 209 rushing yards, 80 receiving and 136 kickoff return yards – along with accounting for five of the eight touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) …. Holmes and Keith Coffee both have 10 receptions in the last three games, while Kobe Kelley has seven receptions for 145 yards (20.7 yards per catch) … During this win streak, ETSU has overcome two halftime and two third-quarter deficits – trailed 17-13 at the half and 24-20 at the end of the third quarter at VMI, and was down 13-6 at half and 27-13 at the end of the third quarter vs. Furman.


For the second time in three weeks, ETSU football has received Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors, as redshirt junior defensive lineman Nasir Player earned the weekly honor on Monday for his performance in last weekend’s game versus then-No. 24/20 Chattanooga. Player totaled six tackles (three solo), three sacks, two forced fumbles and three hurries in the Bucs’ 17-14 win over the Mocs on Saturday night in Greene Stadium. In the second quarter with ETSU leading 14-0 but UTC driving in plus territory, Player caused his first fumble and earned a sack on the same play. Later in the quarter, Player recorded another fumble on a sack, again squelching a long Chattanooga drive. The Columbia, S.C. native led a Buccaneer defense that finished with five sacks and 12 tackles for loss – both marking season-highs for a Chattanooga opponent. The Bucs also held Chattanooga to season lows in offensive yards (321) and points.


ETSU’s defense has made it a nightmare for opponents in the backfield as the Bucs lead all FCS teams in tackles for loss (9.8 per game), while ranking third in sacks (4.0) and fourth in rushing defense (72.8).


Several Bucs are among the FCS career active leaders list … Dylan Weigel leads all FCS players in total tackles (364), total tackles per game (9.6), solo tackles (181), and assisted tackles (183), while ranking fourth in solo tackles per game (4.8) … JJ Jerman ranks fourth among FCS active kickers in field goals made (40), 15th in field goals per game (1.05), 17th in points (193) and is 26th field goal percentage (.714) ... Austin Herink ranks 10th among active FCS players in total plays (5,853), 14th in completions (22.35), 15th in completion percentage (58.0) and 18th in total offense (5,853) … Domenique Williams ranks 12th in kickoff return yards (1,592).


Gardner-Webb has dropped four of its first five games to start the season and is coming off a 45-14 loss to No. 6 Wofford last Saturday in Boiling Springs … Following a 52-17 win over Limestone in the season opener, the Runnin Bulldogs have been outscored 190-37 … Their other setbacks were to then-No. 5 North Carolina A&T (45-6), Western Carolina (28-10) and Appalachian State (72-7).

Over 70 percent of Gardner-Webb’s players on its 90-man roster are underclassmen … All four of the Runnin’ Bulldogs quarterbacks are freshmen – three redshirt freshmen and one true freshman

Gardner-Webb played at least 20 true freshmen and redshirt freshmen in each of its first two games this season, and that number hasn’t slacked off much since then – with GWU suiting up at least 15 freshman in each of its first four games. GWU has started seven freshmen overall in 2018. Heading into the Wofford game, a stunning 42.2% of the two-deep chart (19-of-45 spots) on offense and defense is made up of freshmen. Two more freshmen start on the eight-man specialist depth chart.

Gardner-Webb has lost its last 12 games to an FCS opponent with its last win over an FCS foe being a 34-33 victory over Monmouth on Nov. 16, 2016

Senior linebacker Corey Horne ranks third in the Big South in tackles per game (9.4), while Shai Thomas is 10th(6.0) … Horne had a career-high 16 tackles vs. Western Carolina, while he ranks third nationally in solo tackles per game … Red-shirt freshman defensive end John Singleton is second in the conference in sacks per game (0.40) and senior defensive back Triston Dozier is second in passes defended (1.40) … Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Smith ranks fifth in total offense (151.0) and 10thin total offensive touchdowns (3) … Junior running back Jayln Cagle needs just 67 rushing yards to go over the 1,000-yard mark for his career … Cagle ranks second in the Big South in rushing attempts (84) and sixth in rushing yards (276) … Senior wide receiver / return specialist Kyle Horton ranks sixth in the conference in all-purpose yards (92.8) … Horton has totaled 279 receiving yards, 97 punt return yards and 88 kickoff return yards

One season ago, Gardner-Webb entertained the nation’s most difficult schedule according to the NCAA. In 2018, the Runnin’ Bulldogs are tackling another very difficult slate, with two top-10 teams part of the non-conference schedule and 2017 playoff participants Kennesaw State and Monmouth on the Big South slate. All told, six of the nine Division I FCS opponents on the 2018 schedule were ranked at some point last season. Three – No. 4 Kennesaw State, No. 6 Wofford and No. 12 North Carolina A&T – are currently ranked. Charleston Southern, ETSU, Monmouth and Western Carolina have all received votes at least one week during the 2018 regular season so far.

Saturday marks the third SoCon opponent for Gardner-Webb as they also played Western Carolina and Wofford earlier this season


Saturday marks the fourth-ever meeting between the two programs with Gardner-Webb winning two of the previous three matchups, including a 28-3 victory over the Bucs in 2015 … ETSU’s lone victory in the series was a 30-17 win back in 2001 in Johnson City, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs won the following year 13-10 in Boiling Springs … In the 2015 meeting, Gardner-Webb rattled off 21 unanswered points after JJ Jerman’s 34-yard field goal with 12:08 remaining in the second quarter made it a 7-3 score … For the game, ETSU was held to 126 yards on 46 plays, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs finished with 446 yards of total offense on 85 plays … Austin Herink was 12-for-19 for 72 yards and was sacked four times … Defensively, Dylan Weigel and River Boruff combined for 33 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss … Weigel finished with 15 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss, while Boruff added a career-high 18 hits.

The win in 2001 came in ETSU’s home opener as fullback and current ETSU Director of Athletics Scott Carter scored touchdowns on consecutive drives and quarterback/current color analyst on the Buccaneer Sports Network Matt Wilhjelm hit wide receiver Cecil Moore for the first touchdown of the game on a 9-yard strike … Wilhjelm, who completed his first 11 passes of the game, finished with 228 yards passing and the one touchdown … Moore hauled in eight passes for 117 yards, while Carter led the Bucs with 68 yards on 14 carries … Defensively, cornerback Tony Tiller posted seven tackles and had two key third quarter interceptions, while linebacker Marco Bryant tallied a game-high 14 tackles ..


Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ … 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. 

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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 Randy Sanders Pregame Show Powered by Ford which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Appalachian Orthopedics  Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff.       

The broadcast team of “Voice of the Bucs” Jay Sandos, color analyst Don Helmansideline 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.       


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.


ETSU returns to conference play with a pair of road games, beginning next Saturday at The Citadel … Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. inside Johnson Haygood Memorial Stadium.


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