BOILING SPRINGS-Once again this week, Gardner-Webb played well in the first half, but fell victim to a score with no time left in the period and could not regain momentum falling to Western Carolina 28-10 Friday night in Boiling Springs.

Western Carolina (2-0) quarterback Tyrie Adams had a big game against the Runnin’ Bulldogs for the third straight year, throwing for 106 yards and rushing for 108. In total, WCU outgained GWU 475-246.

“Looking at the stats, the score could have been again a lot different,” Gardner-Webb coach Carroll McCray said. “But we bowed our back in the red zone and made some plays to stay in the game.”

TURNING POINT: With GWU trailing only 14-10 with three seconds in the half and set to receive the second half kickoff, Adams hit Daquan Pattan on a 3-yard slant pass for a touchdown and no time left on the clock.

“That really took the air out of us,” McCray said. “Instead of being down one score, we are down two. If it’s just four or seven points, you feel pretty good our chances with the ball coming out of the locker room.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Adams. The dual threat quarterback accounted for three of the four Western touchdowns with his arm while keeping several drives alive, scrambling on broken plays for first downs.

NOTES: The game was the first one played on Friday night in Gardner-Webb program history as was moved up from Saturday night because of Hurricane Florence....

GWU linebacker Corey Horne recorded a career high 16 tackles from his linebacker spot.

 

UP NEXT: GWU (1-2) travels to face FBS member Appalachian State next Saturday. The game will air on ESPN+.