FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- After a week off, Fairmont State returns to action this Saturday against West Virginia Wesleyan at 1 p.m. at Duvall-Rosier Field. Seven weeks into the season, it is just FSU’s second home game of the season.
Fans can follow the game with video and live stats via the GameCenter powered by the Fairmont State Alumni Association on fightingfalcons.com. Fans can listen to the game live on 93.1 WFGM or 920 AM WMMN.
The Falcons were defeated 30-10 at Charleston in their last time out two weeks ago. The Golden Eagles utilized three scoring plays of 40 yards or more to help defeat FSU. WVWC had its modest two-game winning streak snapped last week on the road at Shepherd, 37-6. The Rams out-scored the Bobcats 27-0 in the second half.
WV Wesleyan halted a six-game losing streak to Fairmont State with a 21-14 win over the Falcons last year in Buckhannon. The last time the two teams met in Fairmont the Falcons rolled to a decisive 45-14 win over 25th-ranked WV Wesleyan. WVWC is seeking its first win over the Falcons in Fairmont since 2004.
WVWC has the top-rated passing game in the WVIAC throwing for an average of 289.5 yards per game, while FSU’s offense is fourth in the league at 223 yards per game. The Bobcats put the ball in the air an average of 52 times per game, while FSU tosses it an average of 40 times per game.
Scouting WV Wesleyan
• WV Wesleyan comes into Saturday’s game with a 2-4 overall mark and a 1-2 record in WVIAC play.
• The Bobcats gave up 27 second half points in a 37-6 loss at Shepherd last week.
• WVWC is third in the country in sacks (4.33) and second in the country in tackles for a loss (11.00). The Bobcats lead the conference in both categories. FSU is surrendering 3.8 sacks per game.
• Jonas Celian is in the top ten in the country in sacks averaging 1.17 per game. Celian has recorded eight sacks this season.
• Brian Vukela and Jesse Robertson are both in the top 10 in the country in tackles for a loss with both averaging over two per contest. Robertson leads the team in tackles with 59.
• Seven WVWC players have recorded interceptions this season. Jermichael Kelly is the only player to have two picks this season.
• Two Wesleyan quarterbacks have seen extended action this season. Nate Montana has made five starts and has thrown for 1,148 and nine touchdowns this season. He missed last week’s game at Shepherd due to injury. Jeremy Musselman has made one start and four appearances for the Bobcats this season. He has tallied 521 yards and three touchdowns this season. Both quarterbacks have thrown three interceptions this season.
• WV Wesleyan has the best passing attack in the WVIAC, averaging 282 yard per game through the air.
• Malcolm Yowk leads the Wesleyan ground game with 229 yards on 63 carries. The Bobcats average just 54.17 rushing yards per game which is ranked 150 out of 158 teams in the country. The only player to rush for a touchdown for the Bobcats this season is starting quarterback Nate Montana.
• The Bobcats have six receivers with double digit receptions this season. Lavaughn Hughes has led the group with 26 catches for 394 yards and a pair of scores. Chase Blackwell leads the team with four touchdown catches this season.
• Saturday’s game should feature two of the more dynamic return men in the game in WVWC’s Stephen Knox and FSU’s Matt Wilmer. Knox is the best in the league and 14th in the country in kickoff returns with 29.1 yards per return.
• Since returning to the lineup after an injury, Garrett Davis has led the team in tackles in each of his three starts this season.
• FSU leads the league in punt return yardage with 205. WV Wesleyan is second with 178 punt return yards this season.
• The Falcons are third in the league in time of possession averaging 30:50 minutes of possession per game.
• Fairmont State boasts two WVIAC Special Teams Players of the Week this season in Matt Wilmer and Ryland Newman.
• FSU is without a rushing touchdown after five games this season. Daniel Monroe, who was among the league leaders with 13 rushing touchdowns, has not scored this season. WVWC has only one rushing touchdown after six games this year.
• Twelve different players have recorded catches for Fairmont State this year.
• Fairmont State’s defense has done well against teams not allowing red zone touchdowns. Opponents have scored TDs in just five of their 13 attempts (38%) inside the 20-yard line.
• FSU is -4 in turnover margin this year.
• Fairmont State is 2-of-31 in third and long (10 yards or more) situations this season.
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