DEFENSE LEADS WCU TO 28-10 WIN (2018-09-15 03:27:40)

Boiling Springs, N.C. – Tyrie Adams accounted for 214 yards of total offense, tossing two touchdown passes including one to Connell Young who tallied a pair of scores as Western Carolina improved to 2-0 for the first-time since 2006 with a 28-10 road victory over Gardner-Webb Friday night in nonconference action at Spangler Stadium.

Young accounted for 171 all-purpose yards including a career-best 105 yards on the ground, bookending the Catamount scoring with touchdowns – a 33-yard receiving score and a 31-yard scoring romp in the fourth quarter. Adams also eclipsed the century mark with 106 on the ground as the Catamounts chewed up 325 rushing yards under windy conditions caused by the outer edges of Hurricane Florence.

Entering the game with a 75.7 career completion percentage against Gardner-Webb, Adams finished Friday’s breezy rescheduled affair 13-for-24 (54%) for 108 yards, but delivered two passing strikes including one to Young and a three-yard strike to Daquan Patten just before halftime. Patten’s first career receiving TD made it 21-10 at the break. Redshirt freshman QB Will Jones also saw action, rushing for 22 yards and completing 3-of-4 passes for 42 yards in orchestrating a second quarter scoring drive, finding TE Owen Cosenke on a 15-yard TD strike.

Senior DB JerMichael White intercepted a pair of passes while classmate Jacquez Williams sacked Gardner-Webb QB Jordan Smith twice as the WCU defense got to the redshirt freshman signal-caller five times in the win, spearheading the defensive effort that blanked the Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-2) in the second half. The Catamounts smothered the GWU offense after the break, limiting the home squad to 73 yards of total offense after the break and to just 97 rushing yards on the night thanks to 31 yards in sack losses.

Senior Mitchell Chancey was credited with a team-high 10 tackles as the Catamounts finished the night with 11 tackles for 49 yards in losses as a unit.

For Gardner-Webb, RB Jayln Cagel rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown while Smith threw for 149 yards on 13-of-30 passes with the two picks. Tre’ Jackson nailed a 41 yard field goal to complete GWU’s scoring.

Western Carolina (2-0) returns home next Saturday, Sept. 22 to face the VMI Keydets on Family Weekend in Cullowhee. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm. Fans can purchase tickets for the Southern Conference opener in advance online at

Photo Courtesy: Mark Speir, WCU Athletics