Western Carolina takes #5 Wofford to OT, before falling 35-28
WLOS - The Western Carolina Catamounts have made a habit of breaking streaks this season. When the team topped Samford two weeks ago, it ended a 27-game skid against ranked opponents. Saturday, Mark Speir's squad set their sites even higher, aiming to end a 47-game spiral against ranked opponents on the road. Rain moved into the Upstate early in the game and it became a bit of foreshadowing for what was to come. On the game's first possession Catamount QB Tyree Adams was picked off by Colton Clemons who made a short return near midfield. The WCU defense stiffened and held the Terriers to a field goal. The initial bump in the road looked like it was in the past when Adams led a scoring drive midway through the first quarter, capping it off with a 17-yard TD pass to Jordan Mathis. After that, neither team managed to pull away in regulation, forcing the game into overtime tied up at twenty-eight. In the first OT, the Terriers scored on a Andre Stoddard 3-yard run, and Adams was picked off in the endzone on third down to end the game.
Adams threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off three times in the losing effort. Superstar running back Detrez Newsome was limited to 69 yards on the ground and no scores. The bright spot in the loss was Terryon Robinson, who became WCU's all-time receptions leader with a clutch grab in the game-tying drive in the first quarter.
The Terriers triple option proved to be the difference in the game, amassing 393 yards on the ground.
Western Carolina plays host to East Tennessee State next week, with a kick time set for 3:30pm.