|September 07, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|ETSU||FG||10:35||Tyler Keltner 40 Yd|
|ETSU||TD||06:14||Jacob Saylors 12 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)|
|ETSU||TD||05:25||Nate Adkins 16 Yd Pass From Trey Mitchell (Tyler Keltner kick)|
|ETSU||TD||13:08||Jawan Martin 5 Yd Pass From Trey Mitchell|
|SU-ETSU||FG||00:00||Nicholas Pope 36 Yd|
|ETSU||TD||04:57||Jacob Saylors 2 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)|
|ETSU||TD||02:05||Cameron Lewis 28 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)|
|ETSU||TD||10:30||Jordan Anderson 1 Yd Pass From Cameron Lewis (Tyler Keltner kick)|
|SU-ETSU||TD||01:30||John Dietl III 8 Yd Pass From Aeneas Dennis (Nicholas Pope kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||SU-ETSU||ETSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-15||5-9|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||101 (16-24)||243 (17-20)|
|Rushing (Att)||62 (31)||248 (37)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 6, 2019) – The ETSU Buccaneers will showcase the 2019 roster in front of the home crowd for the first time this season as the Bucs gear up for the 2019 home opener against Shorter University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 7
Location: Johnson City, Tenn. | Greene Stadium
Teams: Shorter (0-0) at ETSU (0-1)
Weather: High: 83 Low: 57; Mostly Sunny
Game Notes: ETSU | Shorter
Live Stats: etsubucs.com/livestats
Live Video: ESPN+ - David Jackson (PxP), Mark Hutsell (Color), Kasey Marler (Sideline)
Live Audio: WXSM Radio
Radio Personnel: Jay “Voice of the Bucs” Sandos, Matt Wilhjelm (color analyst), Robert Harper (sideline)
Game Sponsor: Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (JCCVB)
Next Man Up
Trey Mitchell provided a spark off the bench for the Bucs in the season opener at Appalachian State. Following the injury to starting quarterback Chance Thrasher, Mitchell stepped in and delivered a convincing performance after finishing 12-of-19 for 117 yards and one touchdown against a Top 25 defensive unit. Mitchell orchestrated ETSU’s lone touchdown drive, finishing 7-of-7 for 71 yards and finding Nate Adkins for a five-yard touchdown pass, the first collegiate touchdown pass in Mitchell’s career. Adkins’ receiving touchdown was the second of his career. The touchdown drive lasted 6:56, the longest scoring drive for the Bucs since a 7:51 drive against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, 2018. The Bucs had two drives last season that were longer than Saturday’s 6:56 drive, both resulting in JJ Jerman field goals. The longest drive of the 2018 season was 9:39, with Jerman capping off a 15-play, 70-yard drive with a 25-yard field goal.
The Richburg Keep Getting Richer
Braxton Richburg led the Bucs in receiving yards in Boone, finishing with four recep- tions for 77 yards, just five shy of tying his career high. Richburg has elevated as a premiere target for ETSU quarterbacks in the last six games, pulling down 25 catches for 363 yards, averaging 60.5 yards per game. During the six-game span, Richburg has accounted for 20+% of receiving yards in five of the six contests.
Record in September
The Bucs hold a 71-100-2 record in the month of September, including 8-9 since bring- ing football back to Johnson City in 2015. This will also be the sixth game played on Sept. 7 in program history. ETSU is 1-4 in previous games played on Sept. 7, defeating Mars Hill in 2002 by the final score of 20-10 in the most recent Sept. 7 contest.
Bucs Flock to William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium
In 2018, over 50,000 fans walked through the gates inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium (8,436 average). In its first two seasons, ETSU has totaled 98,669 fans in its 12 home games inside the new stadium (8,222 average). Overall, ETSU has posted eight sellout crowds in the 12 home games. In 2018, ETSU has sold out five of its six home games and averaged 8,436 fans (50,619 total). The Bucs had 9,277 fans vs. Chattanooga, which is the second-largest crowd in Greene Stadium history. ETSU led all FCS in stadium percentage capacity in 2018 at 109.65.
Bucs Inside Greene Stadium
ETSU has won nine of its first 12 games played inside Greene Stadium, with two of the setbacks coming within a single score as the Bucs dropped a 31-25 decision to then-No. 13 The Citadel Sept. 16, 2017 and a 31-24 game to then-No. 8 Wofford on Oct. 28, 2017. In the 12 games played inside its new home, ETSU is outscoring the opposition, 337-233, while holding its foes to 19.4 points per contest. The Buccaneer defense is limiting opponents to 327 yards per game (3,929 total yards). In six home games in 2017, ETSU rushed for only 469 yards (78.2 per game); however, in its six home games last year, ETSU has rushed for 1,053 yards, including 238 yards on the ground in the season opener vs. Mars Hill. Nasir Player has 70 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks and one interception in his first 11 games played on the new turf.
How about the Hawks?
Shorter will kick off its 2019 season with the Bucs on Saturday, hoping to turn things around from previous seasons. In 2018, the Hawks finished 0-11 and have fallen in 39 consecutive games heading into Johnson City. The Hawks last victory came against Mississippi College on Oct. 3, 2015 where they prevailed, 42-23. Shorter is 4-30 on the road since 2013 and are led by Zach Morrison who was a member of the inaugural team in 2005.
Offensively, Shorter is anchored by Tupac Lanier, rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. The Hawks also return Tyler Pullum, a senior quarterback that threw for 1,856 yards in 2018 with 11 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Pullum’s primary target was Elijah Gilbert, pulling down 47 receptions for 428 yards and six touchdowns.
The defensive side of the ball was a struggle in 2018 for the Hawks, yielding over 50 points per game in 2018, while the offense accounted for just 13.3 points per contest. However, Nehemiah Reddish is making himself known as the premiere tackler, returning for the 2019 season following 92 tackles in 2018.
This will be the first ever meeting between ETSU and Shorter. The Hawks are 0-2 against Southern Conference foes since 2016, losing to both Chattanooga and Samford.
Saturday’s game will also be broadcast on ESPN+ with the team of David Jackson (play-by-play), Mark Hutsell (color commentary) and Kasey Marler (sideline) providing the call.
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 Tennessee Lottery 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 Don Helman 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.
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