It was a tale of two halves for the ETSU football team. Unfortunately, the first half was too much to overcome.
The Bucs dropped a 35-17 decision to Wofford in Southern Conference action on Saturday inside Greene Stadium. With the loss, ETSU fell to 2-4 overall and continue to search for their first SoCon win of 2019.
In the early going, it was all Terriers.
Wofford scored the game’s first touchdown on their second drive of the day as Joe Newman scored on a one-yard run. That score was the first of four straight Terrier drives that resulted in touchdowns with Newman scoring all four – including a 59-yard touchdown to open the second quarter.
ETSU was able to get on the board in the second stanza, but it was a Tyler Keltner field goal from 27 yards out.
The Bucs trailed 28-3 at the half. Wofford held a 20:44-9:16 advantage in the time of possession.
ETSU, however, had a different tone in the second half.
Quay Holmes capped off the opening possession of the second half with a 2-yard touchdown to get the Bucs on the board. ETSU closed the gap to 28-17 in the first minute of the fourth quarter as Holmes caught a 26-yard pass from Trey Mitchell.
After the teams traded three-and-outs, the Terriers iced the game with a 15-play drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock and ended when Miller Mosley scored on a short run.
Jacob Sailors had 64 yards rushing for the Bucs on 12 carries, while Holmes ended the game with 48 yards on 10 runs.
Mitchell was 12-of-23 for 163 yards. Keith Coffee and Isaiah Wilson had four catches apiece.
Newman finished with 185 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries and he also was 3-of-6 passing for 49 yards. As a team, the Terriers outgained ETSU 464-258 – including limited the Bucs to just 95 yards rushing.
ETSU has a bye week next week before traveling to Chattanooga the next week for a 7p.m., Thursday night kickoff.
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