Scores

Final

W Carolina 42

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 30, 2012

E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC

1 2 3 4 T
MAR 0 0 14 014
WCU 0 17 7 1842

Top Performers

Passing: T. Mitchell (WCU) - 149 YDS

Rushing: M. Johnson (WCU) - 6 CAR, 69 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Mitchell (WCU) - 6 REC, 43 YDS

W. Carolina 42, Mars Hill 14

Associated Press

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Darius Ramsey rushed for 120 yards and Michael Johnson and Troy Mitchell ran for two scores each as Western Carolina topped Mars Hill 42-14 on Thursday night.

The win was the first for new coach Mark Speir, the 13th coach in program history. Speir ordered the Catamounts to pound the ball on the ground, with the team totaling 344 yards on 63 carries. Four different players tallied at least 12 rushes, led by Ramsey's 20.

The Catamounts went into the half up 17-0 on second-quarter touchdowns by Mitchell and Johnson -- the latter following a fumble forced by linebacker Rock Williams. Western Carolina extended the lead on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, when sophomore Trevor Taylor returned a fumble 9 yards for a score.

For Mars Hill, Shaikel Davis ran the ball 18 times for 111 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MAR
WCU
1st Downs2024
Total Yards335493
Passing126149
Rushing209344
Penalties10-519-133
3rd Down Conversions5-159-19
4th Down Conversions0-30-2
Turnovers41
Possession24:4735:09

Passing Leaders

Mars HillC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Richt10/371203.211
Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell20/291495.100

Rushing Leaders

Mars HillCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis181116.2027
Abraham10444.4017
Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ramsey201206.0035
Warren12726.0026

Receiving Leaders

Mars HillRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holmes57114.2125
Jensen22613.0016
Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell6437.2011
Vaughn33411.3027

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMARWCU
TD13:51Troy Mitchell 3 Yd Run (Richard Sigmon Kick) 07
FG08:08Richard Sigmon 25 Yd 010
TD06:06Michael Johnson 5 Yd Run (Richard Sigmon Kick) 017
THIRD QUARTERMARWCU
TD14:48Trevor Taylor 9 Yd Fumble Return (Richard Sigmon Kick) 024
TD09:56Dimitri Holmes 17 Yd Pass From Jon Richt (Victor Yurco Kick) 724
TD01:25Jon Richt 1 Yd Run (Victor Yurco Kick) 1424
FOURTH QUARTERMARWCU
FG12:53Richard Sigmon 31 Yd 1427
TD08:40Michael Johnson 38 Yd Run (Richard Sigmon Kick) 1434
TD03:15Troy Mitchell 7 Yd Run (Richard Sigmon Run For Two-Point Conversion) 1442