Everett FG lifts Gardner-Webb past Western Carolina 24-21

Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams (12) runs during the second half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. North Carolina won 49-26. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CULLOWHEE — Kurt Everett kicked a field goal with no time remaining to lift Gardner-Webb to a 24-21 win over Western Carolina on Saturday.

The score was tied 21-21 when Everett capped a grinding 16-play, 54-yard drive with a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-3) the win.


Kalen Whitlow threw for 194 yards and a score for Gardner-Webb. Jayln Cagle ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

The teams traded touchdowns early and were tied 14-all at halftime.

Whitlow threw a 52-yard score to Chuma Awanna in the third quarter to put the Runnin’ Bulldogs on top 21-14 but WCU answered with Tyrie Adams’ touchdown run early in the fourth to make it 21-all. Gardner-Webb struggled after that until the final push, which ate up the final 4:24.

Adams had 138 yards and a score passing for the Catamounts (1-4) who are winless against Division I opponents.