Detrez Newsome raced 22 yards to score on fourth down with less than a minute to play as Western Carolina rallied to defeat Mercer 24-21 on Saturday.
Mercer (2-3, 0-2 Southern Conference) attempted a 42-yard field goal as the final seconds ticked off the clock, but Jagger Lieb’s kick went wide left.
Western Carolina (3-2, 1-1) scored twice in the final quarter -- C.J. Goodman scoring a 14-yard touchdown run that pulled the Catamounts to 21-17 -- and then Newsome’s run to cap a 14-play drive that started at the 9-yard line.
Troy Mitchell rushed for 79 yards and Newsome 59 as Western Carolina gained 338 yards of total offense.
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Mercer led in nearly every offensive category but went scoreless in the second half after posting a 21-3 halftime lead. Mercer’s John Russ passed for 205 yards and also rushed for a touchdown.