SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 18, 2018) – A pair of top 25 teams are set to clash on the gridiron this weekend, as No. 21 ETSU takes on No. 12 Wofford Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.
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: The Bucs and Terriers will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon inside Gibbs Stadium.
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.
Saturday’s game will also be broadcast live on ESPN+, click hereto access the live video stream.
No. 3 – Series History: The all-time series is tied at 13-13, but Wofford has won the last seven meetings … This marks the 13th game played in Spartanburg and both teams have won six games each at Gibbs Stadium … ETSU’s last win over Wofford came in 1998 when the Bucs cruised to a 45-24 win in Johnson City … Wofford’s seven-game win streak over the Blue and Gold marks its longest streak in the series, while ETSU won five straight from 1962-66 for its longest in the series … The Bucs’ largest win all-time against Wofford was a 52-3 victory in 1986 – the 52 points also mark the most points by ETSU over the Terriers ... Wofford blanked the Bucs, 31-0, in the team’s last visit to Spartanburg, while the Terriers held on for a 31-24 win last year in Johnson City.
No. 4 – Top Two SoCon Defenses Set to Collide: The top two defenses in the Southern Conference will be on display Saturday in Gibbs Stadium … Wofford leads the conference in total defense at 270.2 yards per game, while the Bucs are second at 310.7 yards per contest … ETSU leads the league in rush defense at 89.4 yards per game and the Terriers are second at 93.2 … The Blue and Gold also lead the SoCon in pass defense efficiency (108.0) and Wofford is third at 120.3.
No. 5 – Common Opponents: ETSU and Wofford have played five common opponents this season – Citadel, Furman, Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb and VMI … The Bucs are 5-0 against those teams, with the Terriers going 4-1 (lost to Furman) … In those games, ETSU’s offense is averaging 331 yards (123 rushing/208 passing) and 28.8 points per game, while the Bucs’ defense is allowing 299 yards (84 rushing/215 passing) and 17.6 points per contest … Meanwhile, Wofford’s offense is averaging 509 yards per game (394 rushing/115 passing) and 33.4 points, while the defense is giving up 262 yards (94 rushing/168 passing) and 18.6 points per game against those same opponents … ETSU is plus-6 in turnover margin in these five contests, while outscoring opponents 45-21 off turnovers … Wofford is minus-4 in turnover margin and being outscored 35-14 off turnovers in the five games.
Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased by calling the Wofford ticket office at (864) 597-4090 or purchase tickets online by clicking here.
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