The Mocs are back on the road this week, continuing Southern Conference action at Elon. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) in Rhodes Stadium in Elon, N.C.
UTC is coming off a strong 31-9 win over Furman at Finley Stadium on Saturday. The Mocs held the Paladins without a touchdown for the first time since 2003, improving to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Elon dropped a heart-breaker on the road to No. 12 Wofford. The Phoenix led 24-7 at the half before falling 31-27. Elon is 2-5 overall and 1-2 in league action.
Wofford and Samford both lead the SoCon race at 3-0, with the Mocs in third at 2-1. The Citadel sits in fourth place with a 2-3 mark. Furman and Elon are tied for fifth at 1-2, while Western Carolina is still looking for its first win at 0-3.
Appalachian State (1-5, 1-2 SoCon) and Georgia Southern (4-2, 2-2 SoCon) are not eligible for the SoCon title due to their impending move up to the FBS.
MOCS SPORTS NETWORK
The Mocs Sports Network broadcasts the game on ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th year as the play-by-play Voice of the Mocs. Todd Agne has provided the color commentary for the past 17 years, while Will Poindexter is back as the sideline reporter. A free audio stream of the game is available through MocsVision on GoMocs.com. MocsVision live video is also available on GoMocs.com.
IT’S ALL IN THE NAME
On first reference, it is acceptable to refer to us as the “University of Tennessee at Chattanooga”. After that, we prefer to be called “Chattanooga” or “UTC.” Our nickname is “Mocs.”
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
• The Mocs lead the SoCon in total defense (303.0) and scoring defense (18.0). They are 8th and 10th, nationally, in those respective categories.
• Chattanooga also leads the league and is third in the FCS in passing defense (144.0).
• UTC is No. 20 in the nation and second in the SoCon in pass efficiency defense (109.38).
• The Mocs are allowing just 16 first downs per game. That leads the SoCon and is tied for 16th nationally.
• Junior DE Davis Tull is second in the SoCon and No. 14 in the FCS with 5.5 sacks.
• The Mocs are currently No. 11 in the FCS and No. 4 in the SoCon in rushing at 246.5 yards per game.
• UTC is No. 19 in the nation and No. 3 in the SoCon in Pass Efficiency (146.67).
• Chattanooga leads the SoCon and is No. 6 in the country in 3rd down conversion percentage (41/80 - 51.3%).
• Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman leads the league in completion % (65.3%) and points responsible for (11 passing TDs, 6 rushing TDs). He is also No. 14 in the FCS in pass efficiency (152.1) and second in the SoCon in passing TDs.
• Junior RB Keon Williams is No. 3 in the SoCon in rushing yards per game (94.8). His seven rushing TDs are third in the league and 20th in the nation.
• Thanks to an 81-yard KOR against Western Carolina, senior Chaz Moore is No. 7 in the nation in KOR average (29.9).
• Junior Tommy Hudson is second in the SoCon and No. 24 in the nation with a 9.7 yard punt return average.
• The Mocs finally made a field goal against Furman last week, their first of the season. UTC is just 1-2 on FGs this year.
• Junior Nick Pollard is handling both the punting and place-kicking duties this season. He is 1-2 on field goals and averages 40.3 yards per punt.
• The Mocs are in the top 15 in the nation for fewest penalties per game (4.67) and fewest penalty yards per game (40.0).
• UTC is coming off a 6-5 record, its third winning season in the last four years. The last time the Mocs had three winning seasons in four years was 1984-87.
• UTC has five on various preseason All-American teams, including senior linebacker Wes Dothard, senior defensive back D.J. Key, senior defensive back Kadeem Wise, junior defensive end Davis Tull and junior tight end Faysal Shafaat.
• UTC is picked to finish third in the SoCon by the league’s coaches, the highest preseason prediction for the Mocs since 1991.
• Chattanooga had nine players named to the preseason All-SoCon teams, including five on the first team defense (Dothard, Key, Wise, Tull and senior defensive lineman Derrick Lott).
MOCS GETTING IT DONE ON THE GROUND
UTC has posted five straight games with at least 200 rushing yards. It is the first time the Mocs have put together a run like that since five in a row in 2005. This streak includes 218 vs. Furman, 209 against Western Carolina, 239 yards at Georgia Southern, 270 against Austin Peay and a season-high 401 at Georgia State. The last time the Mocs had a streak longer than five games with 200+ rushing yards was an eight-game run in the last six games of 1991 and the first two of 1992.
MOCS DEFENSE IS A COLLECTIVE EFFORT
The Mocs have five defensive players on the preseason All-SoCon first team and four earned preseason All-American honors. UTC is currently leading the league in scoring defense (18.0 ppg), total defense (303.0 ypg) and pass defense (130.3). However, not one of UTC’s defenders is in the top 13 in the SoCon in tackles. Senior D.J. Key is No. 14 in the league with 7.4 stops per game.
Jacob Huesman is putting up some impressive numbers at quarterback this season. The sophomore captain leads the SoCon with a 65.3 completion % (81-124). He is third in the league with a 145.8 pass efficiency rating. He leads the SoCon and is No. 10 in the nation in points responsible for with 11 TD passes and six rushing scores. His 11 TD throws are second in the SoCon. He is also third in the league in total offense (222.5), seventh in rushing (80.0) and fifth in passing (141.8).
Huesman is also starting to make a mark on the Mocs career lists. He has 24 touchdown passes and needs five more to pass Tony Merendino (1975-78) and Brian Hampton (1995-98) for No. 6 all-time at UTC. He should also break into the top 10 for career passing yards (2,563) before the end of the season. He also topped 1,000 career rushing yards (1,388) against Georgia State.
TULL EXPLODES AGAINST FURMAN
Junior DE Davis Tull had a huge game last week against Furman. He posted a career-high 3.5 sacks and recovered one of the two fumbles he forced. He added five tackles in the Mocs 31-9 win. Tull, the preseason SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, earned his first career SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honor for his efforts. He was also The Sports Network FCS National Defensive Player of the Week. Tull is currently No. 2 in the SoCon and No. 14 in the nation with 5.5 sacks on the year. His 23.0 career sacks are 0.5 shy of the school record set by Josh Williams (2009-12).
MOCS AMONG ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS IN THE FCS
There are a number of Mocs listed among the active career leaders in the FCS. Senior DB Kadeem Wise is fifth among active players in the FCS with 11 interceptions. Senior LB Wes Dothard is No. 3 nationally with seven forced fumbles in his career. He is also No. 11 among active FCS player with 6.87 tackles per game. Junior Davis Tull is No. 5 in career sacks (23.0) and and TFLs per game (1.25).
WILLIAMS RUNNING STRONG
Junior running back Keon Williams has twice been named the league’s offensive player of the week this season. He is third in the league with 94.8 rushing yards per game and third in the SoCon with seven rushing TDs. He has four 100-yard games this season, including last week’s 101 yards and a TD on 22 carries against Furman. He posted 127 yards against Western Carolina and 106 yards on 11 carries with three scores against Austin Peay (9/14). He also had 147 yards and a TD on 20 carries at Georgia State (9/7). He is currently second in the the league with 6.3 yards per carry.
POLLARD CLIMBING SCORING LIST
Junior PK Nick Pollard is No. 7 on the Mocs all-time scoring list with 148 career points. He needs four more points to pass Joe Burke (1977-80) for six place. He is also fourth all-time in career PATs with 88. He needs 8 more to pass Jack Teichmann (1980-83) for third all-time.
INSIDE THE RED ZONE NUMBERS
The Mocs have yet to post a red zone stop on defense. However, they have only allowed opponents inside their 20 14 times this season. That is the fewest in the SoCon. Of those 14 trips, only eight have been TDs, which is also the fewest in the SoCon.
ELON PASSING O VS. UTC’S PASSING D
Elon is currently No. 3 in the SoCon in passing yards at 224.6 per game. Only once this season have the Mocs allowed that many passing yards in a game (273 at Georgia State). UTC currently leads the SoCon and is No. 3 in the nation in pass defense, allowing just 130.3 passing yards per game. The Phoenix are second in the SoCon with 11 passing TDs (tied with UTC). Chattanooga has allowed just five scores through the air in 2013.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT ELON
• The Phoenix are second in the SoCon and No. 13 in the nation in net punting (38.8).
• Elon is also strong in kickoff coverage, leading the SoCon with a 43.7 net average.
• Elon is currently No. 3 in the SoCon in passing yards (224.6).
• Elon is last the SoCon in FG kicking at 3-11. However, John Gallagher went 2-2 against Wofford.
• Elon leads the SoCon in first downs (20.9) while UTC leads the SoCon in first down defense (15.7).
• Elon leads the SoCon and is No. 11 in the FCS in 4th-down conversions (9/11, 81.8%).
• Junior QB Mike Quinn is fourth in the SoCon in total offense (213.0) and second in passing offense (213.1). His 11 TD passes are tied with Jacob Huesman for No. 2 in the SoCon.
• Senior Rasaun Rorie is third in the SoCon in receptions per game (5.1) and receiving yards per game (67.6).
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE ELON SERIES
• Elon leads the series 6-4 but the Mocs have won two-straight.
• The Mocs snapped a five-game losing streak to Elon with a 42-18 win on the road in 2011.
• This rivalry only dates back to 2003 when the Phoenix joined the Southern Conference.
• The Mocs are averaging 34 points per game in the that three contests with Elon.
COACH HUESMAN AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 27-23 in his five years at Chattanooga after being hired as the 22nd head coach at UTC on Dec. 22, 2008. A 1983 graduate of UTC and a former defensive back, Huesman guided Chattanooga to a 6-5 mark in 2009, equaling the number of wins UTC had seen in the previous three years combined. Huesman is 25-18 against FCS teams with 13 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including eight in the top-10. He is 19-16 in SoCon action, including 9-8 on the road. He has a 2-2 record against Elon.
Prior to his return to Chattanooga, Huesman spent the 25 seasons building a reputation as one of the top defensive-minded assistant coaches in the country. He spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Richmond before joining UTC and also coached at Memphis (1998-2003) and William & Mary (14 yrs), serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the 1996-97 seasons. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Huesman played prep football at perennial power Moeller High School, where he lettered for four years under head coach Gerry Faust.
GAME NOTES VS. FURMAN - OCT. 12
• The Mocs snapped a 20-year home losing streak to Furman with a 31-9 win over the Paladins in Finley Stadium tonight. UTC improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in SoCon action. Furman dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in league play.
• UTC was 0-8 in Finley Stadium against Furman coming into the game. The Mocs last home win in the series was a 45-42 win on Nov. 20, 1993, at Chamberlain Field. Coincidentally, the Chamberlain Pavilion, commemorating UTC’s former on-campus stadium, was dedicated earlier today and members of the Chamberlain Family were in attendance.
• Chattanooga improves to 39-20-1 all-time on Homecoming.
• UTC is 4-2 for the third time under head coach Russ Huesman (2009 & 2010) … the Mocs are 2-1 in league play for the second year in a row.
• Tonight’s attendance was a season-high 12,197…8th largest crowd in Finley Stadium history.
• The Mocs took a 7-0 lead, scoring on its 11-play, 75-yard opening drive. It is the first time UTC has scored first in a home game against the Paladins since 1995.
• Chattanooga did not allow a first down in the first quarter.
• UTC came into the game with four turnovers on the season…it coughed it up three times in the second quarter (2 fumbles, INT).
• The Mocs came into the game with four sacks on the season…UTC posted four in the second quarter alone…finished with six sacks…most since posting six against Eastern Kentucky in 2010.
• UTC ran for 218 yards tonight, the fifth straight game with 200 yards for the Mocs. First time with a string that long since 2005.
• Furman was held without a TD for the first time since a 7-6 loss at Wofford in 2003.
• The Mocs held a SoCon opponent without a TD for the first time since a 24-9 win at Samford on Nov. 5, 2011.
• Furman gained 189 yards of total offense. Fewest yards allowed by UTC to a Division I opponent since 165 against Tennessee Tech in a 31-7 win on Aug. 31, 2006. Fewest against a SoCon foe since 174 vs. VMI in a 27-14 win on Oct. 14, 2000.
• Chattanooga came into the game No. 7 in the nation in pass defense (144.0)…only allowed 62 tonight.
• The Mocs first scoring drive of the second half was eight plays and 82 yards…long drive of the year in terms of yards.
• Wes Dothard – Sr.-LB - Finished with six tackles and 2.0 TFLs ... recorded his third career sack…first since 2011.
• Jacob Huesman – So.-QB - 13-17 passing for 84 yards ... first game this season without a passing TD ... 19 carries for 73 yards and two TDs ... sacked four times for a loss of 42 yards ... six rushing TDs on the year.
• Kendrix Huitt – (So.-RB) - 1st rushing TD of the season ... finished with 35 yards on five carries.
• Daniel Ring – So.-DL - Season-high six tackles ... 1st sack of the season.
• Davis Tull – Jr.-DE - Career-high 3.5 sacks ... now has 23.0 for his career ... 3.5 sacks is the most in a game by a Moc since Tyler Unzicker had 3.5 at ETSU on Nov. 10, 2001 ... school record is 23.5 set by Josh Williams (2009-12) ... forced two fumbles and recovered another ... added five tackles.
• Kadeem Wise – Sr.-DB - Recorded his first INT of the season ... 11 of his career ... tied with David McCrary (1982-85) for No. 4 all-time at UTC.
• Keon Williams – Jr.-RB - Career-high 22 carries for 101 yards and a TD ... 4th 100-yard game of the season…5th of his career ... most 100-yard games in a season since Eldra Buckley had seven in 2006 ... 7th rushing TD of the season.
GAME NOTES VS. ELON - NOV. 17, 2012
• UTC finished the season with a 6-5 overall record following today’s 24-17 win over Elon. The Mocs improve to 5-3 in the SoCon play while the Phoenix dropped to 3-8 and 1-7.
• The Mocs post their third winning season in the last four years. That has not happened since the same run from 1984-87.
• The 2012 senior class graduates with a 23-21 overall record. It is the most wins by one class at UTC since 1986 and the seventh best mark in the FCS era (1980).
• Chattanooga shutout the Phoenix in the third quarter. It is the fifth-straight game the Mocs have posted a shutout in the third frame. The last time UTC allowed a point in the first 15 minutes of the second half was a FG at Furman on Oct. 13.
• UTC did not commit a turnover for the second straight game and the sixth time this season.
• The Mocs had a four-play 98-yard scoring drive that ended with a 67-yard TD pass from Jacob Huesman to Terrell Robinson. It capped off the longest drive - in terms of yards - in the Huesman era. It was the second 98-yard drive of the season (at Western Carolina).
• Chattanooga was 3-3 in the red zone today. Team is 29 of 31 in the red zone, 93.6%, over last eight games after scoring 66.7% (10-15) of the time in the first three.
• Davis Tull (So. - DE) - 4 tackles with 2.5 sacks on the afternoon ... set the UTC single-season sack record with 12.5 passing Josh Beard (2009) and Tyler Unzincker (2001). Tied for ninth in SoCon history with Ameet Pall of Wofford (2010) ... set the UTC single-season tackles for loss mark with 19.0 besting the trio of Unzincker (2001), Kenny Sanders (1998) and Joseph Thornton (2007).
• Jacob Huesman (Fr. - QB) - Threw for 234 yards (13-25-0) and ran for another 109 (21 carries)...two passing touchdowns and one rushing ... his 1,712 passing yards this season is a UTC freshman record topping Kenyon Earl’s 1,643 in 1991 ... 904 rushing yards this season is the most in school history by a QB ... seventh rushing TD of the season...ties James Roberts (1989) for UTC freshman record ... 13 passing TDs ties freshman record with Earl ... 55-yard completion to Tommy Hudson in the first quarter is the longest of the season...first 40+ yard pass play not complete to Terrell Robinson ... ran out the clock in the fourth quarter. Mocs took over on own 25 after Elon made it a one score game with 5:03 to go. Huesman ran eight times for 46 yards to seal the win.
• Terrell Robinson (So. - QB) - Career-high 124 yards receiving on four catches ... tied career-best with two receiving touchdowns ... TDs came on consecutive drives from 13 and 67 yards.
• Tommy Hudson (So. - WR) - 4 catches for career-high 80 yards ... career-long 55-yard catch in the first quarter ... had 10 catches for 153 yards in last two games after 21 for 149 in first nine.
• Nick Pollard (So. - P) - Five of six punts were downed inside 15 yard line, two inside 10 ... averaged 43.2 yards per his six punts ... average field position for Elon after a Pollard punt was the 15 yard line.
• Zach McCarter (So. - DB) - Blocked a FG in the second quarter...first for UTC since Buster Skrine at The Citadel in 2008.
• Chaz Moore (Jr. - DB) - Recovered blocked kick and returned it 36 yards.
• Wes Dothard (Jr. - LB) - 9 tackles today. Ended season with a team-high 94 ... forced his third fumble which ties Derrick Lott for most on the team this year.
TULL & DOTHARD ON BUCK BUCHANAN WATCH LIST
Senior linebacker Wes Dothard and junior defensive end Davis Tull are among the 20 student-athletes across the nation tabbed as candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Defensive Player of the Year Award. This is the second straight year Dothard has been on the Buchanan Watch List, and the first time two Mocs have been candidates in the same season. Dothard is a two-time All-American linebacker and finished 19th in the voting last year. He led the Mocs with 94 tackles in 2012, repeating as a first team All-Southern Conference selection. He was also a Buchanan Award finalist as a sophomore in 2011, finishing 25th in the national voting. Tull was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, leading the league with a school-record 12.5 sacks. He also led the SoCon, and was No. 5 in the nation, with a UTC-record 19.0 tackles-for-loss.