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Mercer Rushes to Road Win

By Robbie Ross
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The Mercer Bears used huge rushing performances from Tee Mitchell and Alex Lakes to upset #22 Western Carolina in exciting fashion 35-33 in Cullowhee. 

The Mercer Bears used huge rushing performances from Tee Mitchell and Alex Lakes to upset #22 Western Carolina in exciting fashion 35-33 in Cullowhee. 

Mitchell ran for 120 yards and a touchdown and Lakes ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears in the win that included a 4th rushing touchdown by quarterback Kaelan Riley.  Mercer, which only managed 33 yards rushing in last week’s 20-3 loss to Samford, rushed for 217 yards, the Bears second highest rushing total of the season. 

Mercer also pulled out their bag of tricks scoring on a fake field goal in the 2nd quarter. 

Western Carolina was led by quarterback Tyrie Adams’ 378 yards and 3 touchdowns on 35 of 47 passing. Terryon Robinson caught 9 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown as the Catamounts clawed back to within 2 points with 3:47 left in the game but elected to not attempt an onside kick, and Mercer picked up two first downs to run out the clock. Catamount running back Detrez Newsome notched 60 yards on the ground leaving him 7 yards shy of his third consecutive 1,000 yard season. 

With the loss, the Catamounts likely need to win at FBS foe North Carolina next week to hear their name called next Sunday morning during the NCAA FCS Playoff Selection Show. 

Mercer moves to 5-5 and will head back into the SEC to take on Alabama who will likely be #1 in the FBS Playoff Rankings on Tuesday. Mercer put a scare in Auburn on week two before eventually falling 24-10.

Robbie Ross - Robbie Ross is Southern Pigskin's lead SoCon writer. A 19-year veteran of the Furman Radio Network, Ross also spent time with the Georgia State Radio Network prior to his ventures with Southern Pigskin. He is a voter in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll.