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Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 2:11pm

Wofford Dominates WCU With Ground Game

Wofford traveling to face Western Carolina on the GPB TV Southern Conference game of the week looked like a mismatch on paper, and early on the Terrier rushing attack proved those thoughts to be accurate. Wofford put two rushing scores on the board to take an early 14-0 advantage with Eric Breitenstein and Bryan Youman each finding the end zone. For Breitenstein the score came just days after he was named Southern Conference offensive player of the month by the conference office.

Late in the first quarter Western Carolina went with a wildcat look and found some success as Garrett Brown subbed in for Zac Brindise. Michael Johnson also helped out with a huge run on the first play of the second quarter. The Catamounts could not capitalize though, and Wofford would instead dent the scoreboard.

Donovan Johnson would finish off a 94-yard drive with a 45-yard scoring scamper to put a little more distance in between the Catamounts and the Terriers. Wofford would surpass 200 yards rushing less than five minutes into the second quarter.

Western Carolina finally got on the board when Brindise hit Jacoby Mitchell for a 19-yard scoring strike to make it 21-7. Just before halftime though Wofford answered with another Donovan Johnson score from 15 yards out as well as a Mitch Allen score to make it 35-10 at intermission. The Wofford offense was highlighted by 345 rushing yards at halftime. Western Carolina only managed 142 yards of total offense at the break.

In the second half, Wofford was at it again, pounding it on the ground. Youman would score his second touchdown early in the third to push the Terriers’ lead to 32 points. He would have to leave the game with a knee injury. The second-string offense came on late in the third for Wofford.

Western Carolina kept fighting through the fourth quarter as Brindise would find Gary Green for a 13-yard score. The Catamounts defense would force a turnover to get the ball back with under six to play, and Western Carolina would drive down the field again looking for points. Mitchell would haul in his second touchdown pass of the game, this one coming from 24 yards out to trim the lead to 42-24, which would be the game’s final score. Wofford would finish with 500 yards rushing, exceeding its season average of 358.5 yards per game, tops in the nation.

Blake Cain rewrote the Catamount record books when he broke the school record for most punts in Western Carolina history. Cain left the game last week with an injury but managed to tie and break the record in the first half.

Wofford, ranked No. 9 in the latest FCS Coaches’ poll, can now turn its attention to Georgia Southern as the Eagles will visit Spartanburg next Saturday. Georgia Southern rallied for a 14-12 victory over The Citadel to stay atop the SoCon standings at 6-1. Wofford, now 5-1 in conference play has lost to Furman and cannot afford another loss if the Terriers hope to win the conference. Furman and Appalachian State each have two losses in conference play. Western Carolina falls to 1-8, 0-7 in conference play. A trip to Boone is scheduled for next week as the Catamounts will meet Appalachian State in the Battle for the Old Mountain Jug.