The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team returns to Finley Stadium Saturday for its final home game of the 2013 season on Saturday. The No. 23 Mocs take on No. 15 Wofford at 2 p.m. in a neck-and-neck race fort eh Southern Conference Championship.
Standing at 7-2 for the first time since 1980, UTC also hosts Military Appreciation Day. All active military, veterans and their families receive free admission.
Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman, senior defensive back Chaz Moore and sophomore quarterback Jacob Huesman all spoke to the local media today about the game. Quotes from each press conference are below, with photos and videos attached to this story.
Chattanooga Head Coach Russ Huesman
Thoughts on the win over Appalachian State
“Appalachian State was a great win for our team and program. The guys played really hard and found a way to make plays when we had to. The team was very excited after the game. I love this team because they are working hard, playing hard and finding ways to win.”
Looking ahead to Wofford Saturday
“We have another tough one this week. It just seems like it comes down to Wofford every year. I was looking to see what they had coming back this year, and although they lost six on both sides of the ball, they look the same. They are a well-oiled machine and well coached. Their teams look the same every year. They are playing for something big, just like we are, and it should be a great atmosphere for a great football game.”
On why Wofford is such an important game
“This is a big game. There’s no question about it. It’s a big game for both teams and that’s what makes it so important. Both teams are playing for something pretty significant. It’s not like we’re playing to win against a bad football team. That would be considered a big game for us, but this is a big game for both of us. Wofford will be ready to play.”
Jacob Huesman, Quarterback, Sophomore
On how the Mocs are winning close games
“I think we have started to figure out how to win these close games. I think it is a mentality you have to have. Up until a few weeks ago, we might not have had enough confidence to pull it out in the fourth quarter. I think we’ve figured out how to handle close situations in the fourth quarter.”
Thoughts on Saturday’s game against Wofford
“It always seems like it is a big game against Wofford. If you look at the schedule, we always have Wofford at the end of the year in a game that has playoff implications. I believe this year is different because we are in the driver’s seat. We are in control and it’s something we’ve never really experienced. It’s a big game at Finley in a big Southern Conference race. I hope we have a great crowd for it.”
Chaz Moore, Defensive Back, Senior
Thoughts on the Mocs senior class
“I came in with the class after this senior class and began playing as a true freshman. I have been playing with these guys ever since and they’re all warriors. They love to fight. When you have someone next to you fighting, you’re going to win games because it gives you that inspiration to fight for that brother next to you.”
On how big the game is Saturday against Wofford
“We just have to go out and treat this like it’s a regular game. We have to take it week-by-week. We know it has playoff implications and we really want that Southern Conference championship, but we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We want that ring, but all we are thinking about right now is Wofford.”