Catamounts fall to Mercer on senior day, 35-33

A Mercer defender sacks WCU QB Tyrie Adams (WLOS Staff).jpg

WLOS - The Western Carolina Catamounts entered Saturday with postseason hopes hanging in the balance. With a win over Mercer, Mark Speir's squad would almost guarantee a bid to the FCS playoffs. Tyrie Adams threw for a career high 378 yards to go along with three touchdowns, but it was special teams that would doom that Cats. The Bears scored a 25-yard touchdown off a fake field goal to take a 21-14 lead, then in the fourth quarter Chandler Curtis returned a kick 77 yard to the WCU 17-yard line that set-up another Mercer touchdown. Despite the Catamounts outgaining the Bears 507-344 yards, Mercer came out on top 35-33.

"I just hurt for these seniors and this program, because this was the next step in moving our program forward," said Speir after the game. "The character of our football team is gonna show up this week and our season's not over."

WCU wraps up the 2017 campaign next Saturday with a visit to Chapel Hill to take on UNC. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

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