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Carolina Falls To Georgia Tech, 38-28

By Nolan Hays

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Tobias Oliver rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a score to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina 38-28 on Saturday.

Oliver broke a 28-28 tie with a 1-yard touchdown run with three minutes remaining for the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for the fourth time in five games.

North Carolina (1-7, 1-5) had a chance to answer, but Anree Saint-Amour intercepted Nathan Elliott's pass with 2:44 left to set up Georgia Tech's game-clinching field goal.

Georgia Tech, which entered the game averaging a nation-leading 366.5 rushing yards per game, ran for 461 yards against a North Carolina defensive line depleted by injuries and suspensions. It was the Yellow Jackets' fifth 400-yard rushing performance of the season, a school record.

After trailing 28-10 in the third quarter, North Carolina scored on three consecutive possessions, tying the game on a 1-yard touchdown run by Antonio Williams and a 2-point conversion.

Cole Holcomb had a career-high 22 tackles and three forced fumbles for the Tar Heels.

Elliott was replaced in the second quarter by freshman Jace Ruder, who led North Carolina to a field goal and a touchdown on two drives before leaving with an injury. Elliott re-entered the game and finished with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

Oliver replaced starting quarterback TaQuon Marshall on Georgia Tech's fourth offensive series and played the rest of the game. He threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to Qua Searcy, Georgia Tech's longest since 2009.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets host Miami, which has beaten them in eight of the last nine meetings.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels make the short trip to Duke for their final road game of the season.

Second Half Surge Pushes The Citadel over WCU, 38-24

Cullowhee, N.C. – The Citadel used a pair of third-quarter blocked punts to erase a 14-point halftime deficit and a defense that pitched a second-half shutout, forcing three turnovers as the Bulldogs upended the Western Carolina Catamounts, 38-24, to spoil Homecoming at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.

Back-up quarterback Brandon Rainey, who earned the starting nod for The Citadel on Saturday afternoon, rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (3-5, 3-4 SoCon) while Clay Harris scored twice in rushing for 126 yards in the winning effort.

All told, The Citadel ground out all 421 yards of total offense in the running game with four touchdowns, attempting just one pass which fell incomplete.

Donnavan Spencer rushed for a pair of first half TDs for the Catamounts including a career-long 75-yard scoring scamper, and Michael Murphy scooped-and-scored on one of two fumble takeaways in the first half as the Catamounts built a 24-10 halftime lead. However, the Bulldogs toughened in the second half, blanking the high-powered Catamount offense over the final two frames to score their third road victory of the season.

Dual-threat quarterback Tyrie Adams threw for 184 yards on 12-of-21 passing with an interception, adding 74 rushing yards despite being sacked a season-high five times. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native spread the ball to just four receivers with redshirt senior Jordan Mathis catching a team-high five passes for 70 yards while redshirt sophomore Daquan Patten caught three balls for 80 yards. Junior transfer Nate Mullen finished with three catches for 34 yards and Spencer caught one pass for no gain.

Trailing 31-24, the Catamounts were seemingly clawing back into the game when Adams found a streaking Patten down the left sideline for a 48-yard pitch-and-catch that at worst would have set WCU up inside the 5-yard line if not scored. However, Bulldog DB Ronald Peterkin recovered on the play, tracking Patten down and punching the football loose. The Citadel recovered, thwarting a would-be scoring drive for the WCU offense.

With the game still hanging in the balance, The Citadel used a 59-yard end-around rush by WR Raleigh Webb on a third-and-six play that pushed the game out of reach in providing the final tally, 38-24.

On the ensuing possession, the Catamounts again marched into the red-zone – an area in which they had scored touchdowns 61-percent of the time entering Saturday’s game – with a first down at the 12-yard line after a pass interference call. However, four plays later at the 4-yard line, Adams’ was pressured and his pass out of the grasp of a Bulldog defender fell just out of reach of Mathis.

Senior LB Mitchell Chancey continued his run of double-digit tackle performances, credited with a career-high 19 stops in Saturday’s loss. Sophomore DL Ricky Palao was involved in 11 total hits as was his classmate LB Ty Harris. Murphy finished with nine tackles and the 48-yard fumble return for a score with Jacquez Williams tallying six tackles and a fumble recovery. From his defensive back position, John Brannon III was credited with a pair of tackles for loss and a forced fumble on Saturday.

Defensive lineman Bradley Carter tallied a pair of sacks and blocked a punt for The Citadel while five total Bulldogs – Peterkin, Aron Spann III, Russell Hubbs, and Willie Eubanks III – each tallied five tackles apiece. Eubanks recorded two takeaways with a fumble recovery and an interception.

Western Carolina (3-6, 1-6 SoCon) wraps up the home portion of its regular season schedule next Saturday, Nov. 10 as it hosts the nationally-ranked Wofford Terriers (6-3, 5-2 SoCon) at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.

Post-Game Quotes: Western Carolina vs. The Citadel

Post-Game Quotes

The Citadel 38, Western Carolina 24

E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field

Cullowhee, N.C. – Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018


Att: 10,499

Western Carolina head coach Mark Speir:

Opening comments:

“We were non-existent in the second half. I give The Citadel credit, they played hard. The two punt blocks were inexcusable – those were the biggest plays of the ball game. We’ve got winners in that locker room, but players that haven’t learned how to win yet. We’ve got two weeks to focus on these games. We need to see guys that want to practice and get better and learn how to win. The Citadel found a way to win and congratulations to them.”

On adjustments or differences from The Citadel in the second half:

“They just got after us. They just got physical and whipped us up front. Credit to them. They didn’t panic and we did.”

On the next opponents, the Wofford Terriers:

“We are going to go to work to fix the Catamounts. Wofford is a good football team that is trying to win a Southern Conference championship. I cannot wait to see what our response is. We get to play a top-ranked team in the country at our place. We will see what our mentality is.”

Post-Game Notes: Western Carolina vs. The Citadel

With the loss …

Western Carolina suffered its sixth-straight defeat of the season, matching the longest such skid since dropping six-straight in 2016 … It was also WCU’s third straight loss in its annual Homecoming game;
WCU trails The Citadel in the series 17-25-1 overall … the Catamounts have dropped six of the last eight in the series with the Bulldogs and four of the last five at home in the series.

Post-Game Notes:

After Western Carolina had built a 24-10 halftime lead, The Citadel scored 28 unanswered points in the second half while holding WCU scoreless … WCU failed to score in the second half for the first time this season – in fact, it was the first time the Catamount offense had been held scoreless in a half since failing to score in the opening half last year against Furman (10/28/17) – ironically, last year’s Homecoming game;
It was the second-straight week that WCU had lost a double-digit lead in the second half … the Catamounts led by 15 in the fourth quarter at No. 25 ETSU a week prior and had a 14-point edge with possession to start the second half entering the third quarter on Saturday;
For the sixth time this season, Western Carolina scored on its opening drive with a Will Horton 24-yard field goal to trail 7-3 in the first quarter … the drive featured a 40-yard run for Adams … WCU has points on six of its nine opening drives this year including four touchdowns and two field goals;
The two teams combined for 10 fumbles in the game – five by WCU and five from The Citadel with both team’s losing two apiece … WCU also surrendered a season-high five sacks to the Bulldog defense – the previous high was four, twice (at Furman; vs. Chattanooga);
Western Carolina’s offense got a bulk of its yardage on five big plays on Saturday – in fact, WCU gained 217 of its 380 yards (57%) on five of its 55 total plays – a 75-yard Donnavan Spencer TD rush; a 48-yard reception by Daquan Patten; a 40-yard rush by Tyrie Adams; and two, 27-yard receptions by Jordan Mathis and Nate Mullen … On the remaining 50 plays, WCU averaged just 3.26 yards per play (163 yards in 50 snaps);
Redshirt sophomore RB Donnavan Spencer had 122 yards on 13 carries, both single-game highs for carries and yards this season for Spencer … Spencer scored on a 75-yard run to put WCU in front 17-10 at 12:42 of the second quarter, recording WCU’s longest play from scrimmage this season ... Spencer had the previous long rush of 49 yards at Samford (Oct. 6) … Spencer scored again from two yards out in the second quarter … His first multiple rushing touchdown game this season gave him 10 career rushing scores;
Including Spencer’s 75-yard scoring rush, the Catamounts have 14 offensive scoring plays of 20-yards or more this season;
WCU redshirt junior QB Tyrie Adams finished with 258 yards of total offense on Saturday including 74 rushing yards and 184 yards through the air … He jumped from 11th into eighth in the WCU single-season record book, currently with 2,650 yards of offense this year;
WCU tight end Owen Cosenke, who ranked tied for the most receiving TDs in the SoCon this year with eight – was held without a reception on Saturday – the second-time this season that has occurred (vs. Chattanooga; vs. The Citadel);
Redshirt sophomore DB Michael Murphy gave WCU the lead with a fumble return for a touchdown from 48 yards outs, which along with a Will Horton extra point gave the Catamounts a 10-7 advantage at 6:22 of the first quarter … the last time the Catamounts scored on a fumble recovery was on Sept. 30, 2017 when A.J. Newman and Nate Link teamed up to score on a recovery against Chattanooga … Murphy also has an interception return for a touchdown this season against VMI for 46 yards;
Senior LB Mitchell Chancey has recorded double-digit tackles in every game this season, recording a career-high 19 tackles against The Citadel to lead WCU for the day … Chancey continues to pace the SoCon with a 12.1 tackle per game average, the only defender with double-digit tackles this season;
Junior DB John Brannon forced a fumble by the Bulldogs in the second quarter that was recovered by senior LB Jacquez Williams at the WCU 44 … It was the second fumble recovery of the day for the Catamounts … the turnover led to a WCU RB Spencer touchdown;
Sophomore DL Ricky Palao and LB Ty Harris were both credited with 11 tackles apiece ... It represented a career-high for Palao and the third, double-digit tackle game for Harris in his career;
WCU had two punts blocked in the third quarter by The Citadel that both lead to touchdowns – one on a recovery returned two yards for a score … WCU has had three punts blocked this season;
Catamount redshirt senior punter Berryman officially punted once on Saturday, giving him 200 punts for his career and sole possession of sixth-place in the WCU career record books … He is five punts away from Kenny Pauley’s 205 during 1990-93;
The visiting Bulldogs threw just one pass in the game coming in the first half which fell incomplete … The Citadel finished the game without a passing yard ... the visiting Bulldogs controlled the ball on the ground 21:55 to 8:05 in time of possession in the first half, claiming nearly a 10-minute edge for the game – 34:52 to 25:08;

Miscellaneous Notes:

WCU’s team captains for Saturday’s evening’s game were: senior RB #7 Corey Holloway, who was not dressed … redshirt senior DB #29 Marvin Tillman … senior OL #63 Zach Weeks; and redshirt senior P #83 Ian Berryman;
Redshirt senior OL #75 Nathan Dalton carried out the American flag and senior LB #48 Mitchell Chancey carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field Saturday;
The Citadel won the opening toss and elected to receive;
The 2018 WCU Homecoming Queen was Hannah Sink, a senior from Kernersville, majoring in communication sciences and disorders … the 2018 WCU Homecoming King was Jonah Weston, a junior from Raleigh, majoring in communications;
Susan Brummell Belcher, the wife of late Chancellor David O. Belcher, received the Distinguished Service Award as part of the 2018 Homecoming Awards – she also led the Catamount football team onto the field prior to Saturday’s game, reminiscent to a tradition started by her late husband, former Chancellor Dr. David Belcher, with the Freshman Run ... the other Homecoming Award winners were: Elizabeth Ransom, Academic Achievement Award; Kenny Messer, Professional Achievement Award; and Mary Beth Fallin Hunzaker, Young Alumni Award.

Bears Claim SAC Title

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The No. 21 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team captured the outright South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 40-21 victory at Carson-Newman on Saturday afternoon. The Bears scored the game's final 33 points after falling behind 21-7 and forced seven turnovers in the process.

Final: Lenoir-Rhyne 40, Carson-Newman 21
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (9-1, 6-0 SAC), Carson-Newman (6-4, 4-3)
Location: Jefferson City, Tenn. | Burke-Tarr Stadium
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• It was a dominating performance by the LR defense. On top of the seven takeaways, the Bears held the nation's leading rushing offense to just 113 yards. The Eagles entered play averaging 363.7 yards per game on the ground but were held 250 yards shy of that total by the Bears.
• Additionally, Eagles RB Antonio Wimbush was the national leader in yards per rush at 8.7 yards/carry but was held to just 9 carries for 33 yards and 3.7 yards/carry.
• After being named SAC Defensive Player of the Week last week, LB Sherrod Williams followed that up with eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble in today's game. Jaquan Artis and Dan Louba each finished with seven tackles and a tackle for loss and Kyle Dugger intercepted a pass.
• T.J. Smith registered his fourth game of 100 yards receiving as the senior totaled five catches for 109 yards and his ninth touchdown of the season.
• With his two TD passes today, sophomore Grayson Willingham ties the single-season record with 18 touchdowns on the year. Willingham finished the day with 206 yards passing on 13 completions and connected with six different receivers.
• 13 different players recorded at least one rush on the day as the Bears ran 63 times for 215 yards and three touchdowns. LR was led by Darnell Jackson who ran for 70 yards on eight carries and found the end zone twice.

• The Eagles jumped out to a 21-7 lead after a 15-yard TD by Derrick Evans with 8:16 left in the second quarter. From that point on, the Bears shut out the Eagles for the final 38:16 of the game.
• Prior to today's game, the Eagles season-low for rushing yards in a game was 162 and they had averaged 433 over the last five games.
• The Bears have scored 30 or more points in every game this season and have rushed for multiple touchdowns in every contest this year.
• This is the eighth SAC Championship in program history and the first since 2014.

LR will close out the regular season on Saturday when they host Catawba for Senior Day at 2 p.m. at Moretz Stadium.