Press release courtesy of Daniel Hooker, Assistant AD for Media Relations.
Cullowhee, N.C. – Redshirt junior receiver Terryon Robinson tied a school-record with 15 receptions including a pair of touchdown grabs on Saturday night, but it was not enough as Western Carolina dropped a 31-19 decision to the Wofford Terriers in Southern Conference action at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
Logan Howard added a pair of field goals as the Catamounts suffered their third-straight defeat of the season. WCU dropped to 1-4 overall, 0-3 in the SoCon while Wofford improved to 4-2 overall, 2-1 in league play.
Robinson recorded 10 of his career-high – and school-record – matching 15 receptions in the first quarter alone, finishing with 99 total receiving yards. The Decatur, Ga., native hauled in scoring strikes of 11 and eight yards, both capping extensive Catamount scoring drives.
For Robinson, Saturday night represented the second time in his WCU career that he posted 15 receptions in a single game, tying Eric Rasheed’s record established against Chattanooga in 1984. Robinson matched Rasheed in 2014 at South Florida, duplicating the effort on Saturday night against the Terriers.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tyrie Adams targeted Robinson much of the night, finishing 31-for-48 through the air for 285 yards and the two TD passes to Robinson. He also completed five passes to another Robinson – Spearman Robinson. The senior wideout from Greenwood, S.C., finished with five receptions for 87 yards while redshirt freshman Brad Swan Jr. posted the first catches of his collegiate career, finishing with four for 43 yards.
Junior tailback Detrez Newsome amassed 159 all-purpose yards, extending his active streak of 100-or-more all-purpose yards to eight-straight games dating back to last season. However, Newsome did see his consecutive touchdown streak halted at five-straight games, failing to reach the end zone for the first time this season.
Western Carolina rattled off 10 plays on the opening drive of the game to grab the early advantage on the first of two Adams-to-Terryon Robinson scoring strikes. Adams was 7-for-9 passing on the drive despite having a 51-yard scoring strike to Spearman Robinson called back because of a penalty. The two did hook-up for a 38-yard pitch-and-catch on the drive as Adams tallied 84 total passing yards including the 11-yard score.
After trading punts, the two teams then traded field goals for a 9-3 WCU lead after the opening quarter of play. Wofford scratched the scoreboard as kicker David Marvin split the uprights on a school-record 57-yard field goal to make it 6-3 before Howard connected from 38 yards out inside the final 30 seconds of the first quarter.
The second quarter proved to be the decisive frame as Wofford monopolized control of the football for 11:37 of the 15-minute period, outscoring WCU, 14-0, to take a 17-9 halftime lead. The Terriers ran 23 offensive plays in the second quarter, limiting the Catamount offense to just 10 – four rushes and six passes, one of which was intercepted and led to a Terrier TD.
Wofford scored on a Cole Cleary 35-yard reverse and an Andre Stoddard three-yard plunge for the eight-point halftime advantage.
Out of the halftime locker room, Wofford ground-out a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped by a Lorenzo Long six-yard scoring run over left tackle as the Terriers built a 24-9 lead.
The Catamounts managed to pull back to within eight, 24-16, as Adams orchestrated a nine-play, 79-yard scoring drive that included a 20-yard Newsome rush after a fumbled exchange in the backfield off the snap and a 14-yard Newsome reception. Adams connected with Terryon Robinson for the eight yard score to breathe new life into the Purple & Gold clad faithful.
WCU closed the gap to just five on Howard’s second field goal, punching one through from 27 yards out to make it 24-19 with 12 minutes to play. However, the ball-control Terrier ground attack chewed up 80 yards in 14 plays, melting 8:27 off the stadium clock with Long powering in from three yards away to ultimately seal the win, 31-19.
Long finished with 135 yards and two scores offensively for the Terriers, while Cleary rushed for 70 yards and a TD.
All told, Wofford held the ball for 39 minutes of Saturday’s game while WCU had around 21 minutes of possession time. It is the third-straight game that WCU has seen a 15-minute or more difference in the time of possession.
Senior linebacker Tyson Dickson led the Catamount defense, eclipsing his career-high set last week against The Citadel with a career-best 18 tackles including five solo and one for loss. He was joined in double-digit tackles by classmates Fred Payne and Trey Morgan with 11 and 10, respectively.
For the Terriers, Datavious Wilson led the way with 10 tackles including one for loss, while also forcing and recovering a fumble – one of two WCU turnovers on the night. The other was a Dominique Lemon interception.
Western Carolina travels to Mercer next Saturday for a 4:00 pm game against the Bears at Five-Star Stadium. WCU has won both of the two series meetings between the two programs over the past two seasons.