Facts & Stats - Western Carolina

Get the real facts and stats about the Western Carolina Catamounts who head into Cincinnati having just knocked off #2 Furman.

-After defeating #2 ranked Furman last week, Western Carolina jumped into some national polls. The Sporting Network ranks the Catamounts #22 this week while Don Hanson's Football Gazette has WCU at #14.

-Running back Darius Fudge received Southern Conference "Offensive Player of the Week" after rushing 13 times for 133 yards against Furman.

-Western Carolina will remind Bearcat fans of East Carolina with their purple and gold uniforms.

-The Catamounts got 5 interceptions against Furman last week.

-Western Carolina is no stranger to "trick" plays. They used 3 last week including a halfback pass and a bloop onside kick.

-Saturday's game will be the first between these two schools.

-Don Treadwell of UC coached with Western Carolina head coach Kent Briggs in 1999 at North Carolina State. Treadwell was running backs coach while Briggs was co-defensive coordinator.

-September 17 will be the anniversary of Jon Bacon's 1994 record setting 58-yard field goal against Miami to give the Bearcats the 17-14 lead with 1:19 to go, but Miami with the help of their timekeeper tied UC with a 37-yard last second field goal.

-UC will honor members of the 1955 football team Saturday on their 50th anniversary. About a dozen members are expected to attend. That squad coached by George Blackburn went 1-6-2 with its only win against Marquette.

-The honorary captain for Saturday's game is Jon Ruffin who won the Lou Groza Award in 2000.

-Dominick Goodman, Marshawn Gilyard, DeAngelo Smith, Nick Davila, and Leo Morgan saw their first game action at Penn State. They now cannot red shirt unless injured.

-Kevin Lovell with his field goal Saturday has hit his last 4 tries and is 12-16 for his career at UC.

-Brent Celek's 7 catches combined with Connor Barwin's 2 grabs meant the tight end position had 9 catches for 145 yards last Saturday. That was almost half of UC's passing yardage on the day.

-The Bearcats have used 8 different receivers for each of the first 2 games this season.

-When UC plays Miami on September 28th, it will be the 110 meeting between the two schools. Miami leads the series 58-44-7 and has won three of the last four contests.

-Western Carolina plays in the Southern Conference, the 3rd oldest Division I athletic conference.


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