October 27, 20181st2nd3rd4th1OT 2OT 3OT Final
Western Carolina01310707643
1st Quarter
ETSUTD08:29Quay Holmes 1 Yd Run
2nd Quarter
ETSUFG14:54JJ Jerman 28 Yd
WCUTD11:24Tyrie Adams 6 Yd Run (Will Horton kick)
ETSUFG06:03JJ Jerman 27 Yd
WCUTD02:31Tyran Reynolds 12 Yd Pass From Tyrie Adams
3rd Quarter
WCUTD12:16D. Spencer 29 Yd Run (Will Horton kick)
WCUFG06:20Will Horton 36 Yd
ETSUFG03:00JJ Jerman 30 Yd
4th Quarter
WCUTD14:20Daquan Patten 29 Yd Pass From Tyrie Adams (Will Horton kick)
ETSUTD05:02Austin Herink 3 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUTD00:10Nate Adkins 1 Yd Pass From Austin Herink
WCUTD15:00Owen Cosenke 25 Yd Pass From Tyrie Adams (Will Horton kick)
ETSUTD15:00Jacob Saylors 5 Yd Run (JJ Jerman kick)
ETSUTD15:00Jacob Saylors 16 Yd Run
WCUTD15:00Owen Cosenke 4 Yd Pass From Tyrie Adams
Stats at a GlanceWCUETSU
1st Downs2830
3rd Down Conversions2-107-15
4th Down Conversions2-22-2
Passing (Comp-Att)229 (20-29) 294 (28-47)
Rushing (Att)266 (47) 247 (45)
Total Yards495541
Fumbles Lost00
ETSU, Western Carolina gear up for
ETSU, Western Carolina gear up for "Blue Ridge Border Battle" on Saturday
Friday, October 26, 2018

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2018) -- ETSU and Western Carolina gear up for the “Blue Ridge Border Battle” this Saturday afternoon at 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 “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 – Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day: Members of ETSU faculty and staff will be able to purchase up to four half-price tickets to this Saturday’s game. To purchase tickets, please call the ETSU Ticket Office at 423-439-3878.

No. 2 – Blue Ridge Border Battle: From the hills of East Tennessee to the rolling mountains of Western North Carolina, the longtime mountain border rivalry between Western Carolina University and ETSU has a new name. The rivalry between the two mountain schools will now be personified in the “Blue Ridge Border Battle” beginning this weekend as the two schools meet on the gridiron in Johnson City, Tenn. 

This year, emblematizing the mountain-rivalry is the “Blue Ridge Border Battle” trophy that 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. As the series progresses, the trophy will include engraved plates with the date and score of the game which will be placed under the respective logo of the winning team each season. 

No. 3 – Buc Walk: The Buc Walk on Saturday will begin at 1:15 p.m.

No. 4 – 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 page on the Game Day Central page. Students can order their tickets on-line by clicking here.

No. 5 – Ticket information: Tickets are now on sale. To purchase click here

No. 6 – Tailgating 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 Ford Super Screen will again be on campus broadcasting games from around the country in Lot 21 on game day.

No. 7 – 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.



For the third straight week, ETSU (6-2, 4-1) was ranked in both the Coaches and STATS FCS Top 25 Polls … The Bucs cracked both polls for the first time since the program returned in 2015 back on Oct. 8, marking the first time ETSU was last ranked since Oct. 30, 1999, when the Bucs were No. 18 … The Bucs were ranked No. 23 in the STATS FCS Poll and No. 24 in the Coaches Poll on Oct. 8, while moving up to No. 21 in the STATS Poll the following week … The Blue and Gold enter this weekend ranked No. 25 in both the coaches and media polls. 


Following back-to-back road games, the Bucs return home for the first time since Oct. 6 when ETSU shutout Gardner-Webb, 45-0 … The Blue and Gold have won all four home games this season, while outscoring opponents 30-12 inside Greene Stadium in 2018 … With a win, the Bucs will post their fifth home victory, which would match the most since posting five in 1999 – the school record for home wins is six, which was done in 1996 and 1962 … ETSU is averaging 403.5 yards per game (240.2 passing/163.2 rushing) at home this season, while holding opponents to 273.2 yards per contest (208 passing/65.2 rushing) … The Bucs’ defense have forced eight turnovers (six fumbles/two interceptions) and turned those takeaways into 31 points, whereas, ETSU’s offense has turned the ball over five times at home, but opponents have only turned those miscues into seven points … The Buccaneer defense has registered 16 sacks (-115 yards) at home, along with totaling 42 tackles for loss (-188 yards) … As a team, ETSU has scored 15 touchdowns in four games at Greene Stadium, while holding the opposition to just six touchdowns … The Bucs’ defense haven’t allowed a home touchdown since the fourth quarter against Chattanooga on Sept. 29.


Redshirt freshman running back Quay Holmes has rushed for 363 yards and seven touchdowns in his first four games inside Greene Stadium, while freshman running back Jacob Saylors is averaging nearly seven yards per carry in his first three home contests – 32 carries for 224 yards and two touchdowns … Redshirt senior quarterback Austin Herink has thrown for 557 yards and two touchdowns in two-plus home games this season (58.7 completion percentage) … Defensively, redshirt senior linebacker Dylan Weigel is averaging 8.8 tackles (35 total), along with 8.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three hurries and one safety at home this season … Redshirt junior defensive lineman Nasir Player has posted 17 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, nine hurries and two forced fumbles in four home games this year.


ETSU redshirt junior defensive lineman Nasir Player was named to the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award watch list, which was announced by the selection committee on Thursday, Oct. 18 ... Player was one of seven players added to the watch list ... This season, Player has totaled 32 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks, 10 hurries and forced fumbles … The Buchanan Award, presented since 1995, has watch list updates during the season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winner following the regular season. 


ETSU redshirt freshman running back Quay Holmes was named to the initial STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List, which was announced by the selection committee on Oct. 11 … Holmes has been a spark for the Buccaneer offense as he has totaled 557 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in eight games … Holmes has also added 23 receptions for 266 yards and one touchdown, along with accumulating 979 all-purpose yards.


With his next rushing touchdown, redshirt freshman running back Quay Holmes will enter elite company … Holmes, who has nine rushing touchdowns in his first eight collegiate games, will become just the third Buccaneer player to have at least 10 rushing touchdowns in one season – joining Brandon Walker (done it three times) and George Searcy (17 TDs, 1989) … Walker rushed for 13 touchdowns in both 1999 and 1996, while adding 10 rushing scores in 1998 … Holmes also needs 278 rushing yards to crack the top-10 ETSU single-season leaders list as Herman Jacob’s 835 rushing yards in 1985 ranks 10th … Holmes has rushed for 557 yards this season, while he just needs 37 more rushing yards to post the most by a Buccaneer running back since the return of the program in 2015 (Jajuan Stinson rushed for 593 yards in 2016). 


Sophomore defensive back Tyree Robinson has enjoyed an impressive run of forcing turnovers over the last several weeks … Robinson, who has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games, has recorded at least one interception in each of the Bucs’ last three games (four total) … The streak started with his first collegiate interception in ETSU’s 45-0 win over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, while he posted two interceptions in the 26-23 win at The Citadel, including a 42-yard return for a touchdown to put the game away in the fourth quarter … Last week at Wofford, Robinson recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, while then coming away with an interception in the fourth quarter … Robinson ranks ninth among FCS players in interceptions per game (0.5), while his four interceptions are the most by a Buccaneer player since 2003 when Montreal Harkley totaled six.


A Buccaneer win on Saturday would mark ETSU’s 351st victory in program history, and also the best nine-game start to a season since starting 8-1 in 1996 (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) … A win would mark their seventh this season and fifth SoCon victory – the last time the Bucs reached both win totals was in 1997 … A Buccaneer win would also mark Randy Sanders’ seventh victory this season, which would tie the most victories by an ETSU coach in his first season  (Paul Hamilton had seven in 1997). 


Today marks the sixth time the Bucs are playing on Oct. 27 … ETSU is 2-3 on games played on this date, but the last time the Blue and Gold played on this date was in 2001 when the Bucs defeated No. 1 Georgia Southern, 19-16 … ETSU also defeated James Madison 9-6 in 1984 … The Bucs’ setbacks on this date came in 1990 at The Citadel (35-15), in 1979 to Appalachian State (24-10) and at Furman in 1973 (40-21). 


ETSU has won eight of its first 10 games played inside Greene Stadium, with the two setbacks coming within a single score as the Bucs dropped a 31-25 decision to then-No. 13 The Citadel last Sept. 16 and a 31-24 game to then-No. 8 Wofford on Oct. 28, 2017 … In the 10 games played inside its new home, ETSU is outscoring the opposition, 265-152, while holding its foes to 15.3 points per contest … The Buccaneer defense is limiting opponents to 295 yards per game (132 yards rushing/163 yards passing) … In six home games a year ago, ETSU rushed for only 469 yards (78.2 per game); however, in its first four home games this season, ETSU has rushed for 653 yards, including 238 yards on the ground in the season opener vs. Mars Hill … JJ Jerman is 30-for-30 in PATs in the first 10 games inside Greene Stadium … Linebacker Dylan Weigel has totaled 87 tackles and two fumble recoveries in 10 career games in Greene Stadium, while Nasir Player has 61 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks and one interception in his first nine games played on the new turf … Austin Herink has thrown for over 1,800 yards (1,853), 11 touchdowns (two interceptions) and is completing 64% of his passes (145-for-228) in nine career games inside Greene Stadium.


Last season, over 48,000 fans walked through the gates inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium (8,008 average) … The Bucs recorded three sellouts – 9,530 vs. Limestone, 8,540 vs. Robert Morris and 8,022 vs. Mercer … Overall, ETSU ranked fifth among FCS teams in percentage of capacity at 104.09, which was also the highest among SoCon teams … In its 10 home games inside Greene Stadium, the Bucs have sold out seven of those games … This season, ETSU has soldout all four of its home games and is averaging 8,687 fans (34,749 total) … The Bucs had 9,277 fans vs. Chattanooga, which is the second-largest crowd in Greene Stadium history … Through the first eight weeks of the season, ETSU leads the FCS in stadium percentage capacity (112.91).


After winning its first three games of the season, Western Carolina has dropped four straight following a 59-46 setback at Mercer on Saturday night … The Catamounts enter this weekend’s game at 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the SoCon

The Catamounts are allowing 40.1 points per game and 484.6 yards per contest (187.3 rushing/297.3 passing) … Meanwhile, Western Carolina is averaging 33 points per game and totaling 498.1 yards per contest (227.3 rushing/270.9 passing)

Western Carolina has turned the ball over 14 times this season – eight fumbles and six interceptions – but the Catamount defense has totaled 12 takeaways (seven interceptions/five fumbles)

Western Carolina is converting on 46% of its third down opportunities (46-for-100) and is 7-of-10 on fourth down, while opponents are 43% on third down (40-of-94) and 62% on fourth down (10-of-16)

Offensively, all-SoCon redshirt junior quarterback Tyrie Adams has thrown for over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 510 yards and six touchdowns in seven games this season … Adams set a school-record with 545 yards of total offense, including a career-high 185 yards rushing in Saturday’s setback at Mercer

Six different players have rushing touchdowns for the Catamounts this season, while seven different player have hauled in a touchdown catch, including a team-high six by All-American sophomore tight end Owen Cosenkie – who has 152 yards receiving … Redshirt junior wide receiver Nate Mullen leads the team with 440 receiving yards and has two touchdown receptions, while redshirt sophomore Daquan Patten has four touchdowns and 414 receiving yards

Connell Young leads the team with 515 rushing yards and has one rushing touchdown in seven games … Young is averaging 113.1 all-purpose yards per game 

Senior linebacker Mitchell Chancey leads the Catamounts with 80 tackles, while senior defensive lineman Solomon Clark (5 sacks) and senior linebacker Jacquez Williams (4 sacks) have combined for nine of Western Carolina’s 19 sacks

Five players have accounted for the Catamounts’ seven interceptions with redshirt freshman linebacker Ty Harris and senior defensive back JerMichael White both recording two picks this season

All-American punter Ian Berryman is averaging 41.1 yards per punt with 11 of his 27 landing inside the 20, nine resulting in fair catches and four of 50 yards or longer … The Catamounts also return all-SoCon offensive lineman Andrew Miles and Zach Weeks


Western Carolina leads the all-time series, 24-22-1 … The Catamounts hold a slight 12-11-1 lead in games played at ETSU, while the teams have split the last 10 meetings … The two teams have split the first two games since the Bucs rejoined the league in 2016 as ETSU knocked off the Catamounts 34-31 in Bristol Motor Speedway back in 2016, while then-No. 21 Western Carolina defeated the Bucs 49-10 last season in Cullowhee … ETSU’s largest win in the series was a 49-10 victory in 2016 – the same year the Bucs advanced to the playoffs – while the 49 points scored in that game are the most put up by an ETSU team against the Catamounts.

On the field, this marks the third career game for Austin Herink, who is 35-for-67 with 403 yards passing and four touchdowns against the Catamounts … Herink threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the Bucs’ win at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016 … Defensively, Nasir Player and Jason Maduafokwa both have two sacks in two career games versus Western Carolina – Maduafokwa had two sacks in his first collegiate game at Bristol Motor Speedway – while Player has totaled seven tackles and two assisted sacks in his career against the Catamounts … Linebacker Dylan Weigel has totaled 15 tackles (1.5 tackle for loss) in his career over Western Carolina … Senior kicker JJ Jerman is 3-for-3 all-time in field goals versus the Catamounts, with a long of 45 yards.


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. 

About ESPN+

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Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. 


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 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 Matt Wilhjelmsideline 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 on the road next weekend when the Bucs travel to Macon, Ga. to take on Mercer … Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Five Star Stadium.


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