WCU no match for Wofford in 35-7 road loss

WCU (2-6, 0-6 SoCon) came to Wofford (4-4, 3-2 SoCon) on Oct. 28 expecting a tough game after last year’s 24-0 shutout win in Cullowhee. A tough game is exactly what the Catamounts received as the Terriers exacted revenge for last year’s loss with a 35-7 drubbing of WCU. Wofford started off hot as they scored on their first drive. The Terriers went to the ground against a Catamount defense that has had a lot of trouble stopping the run in recent weeks. Wofford ran six straight times for 90 yards and a touchdown. Kevious Johnson started off the drive with two runs for 35 yards, before giving way to quarterback Josh Collier who had two runs for 17 yards. Michael Hobbs gained 13 yards and then Dane Romero rumbled 25 for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Wofford scored again early in the second quarter on a touchdown pass as Collier connected for a 61-yard gain to Justice Joslin; the Terriers only threw the ball a total of five times in the game. The Terriers scored on their very next drive as they went back to the ground by calling seven of the eight plays on the drive running plays. Collier got three yards for the touchdown to make the score 21-0 Wofford. Western finally answered back this time with their only score of the game. Quarterback Bennett Swygert connected on all six of his passes on the drive for 45 yards and a score. Swygert found fullback Joe Clark for a 12-yard score on third-and-three to make the game 21-7 with 45 seconds left in the half. After a scoreless third, Wofford resumed pouring on points in the fourth as they recovered a Swygert fumble on their own 20-yard line at the end of the third. The Terriers ran the ball three straight times with Johnson scoring on a 9-yard gallop to push the score to 28-7. Wofford finished scoring on their next drive as Ben Widmyer ran in from three out to make the score 35-7. The Terriers ended the day with 337 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 49 attempts. Wofford split the 49 carries among 10 different players as Johnson had the most carries and yardage with 11 carries for 103 yards. It wasn’t all bad news for the Cats as tailback Darius Fudge finished the game with 26 carries for 132 yards. Fudge moved into the 10th spot on the all-time list of rushing leaders at Western with 2,075 yards for his career. The Cats will have to try and bounce back with their third straight road game as they face a tough Liberty team.