Young had 14 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes for 66 yards and a score. Tyrie Adams threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns for Western Carolina (2-0) and added 106 yards on the ground.
Adams and Will Jones combined to throw for three touchdowns in the first half to help Western Carolina build a 21-10 lead. Young scored from 33 yards out on the game's first possession, Owen Cosenke added a 33-yarder and Daquan Patten scored from close range on the last play of the first half.
Five plays after a JerMichael White interception, Young scored on a 31-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Smith threw two interceptions for Gardner-Webb (1-2). Jayln Cagle carried it 25 times for 83 yards and a touchdown.