The Mocs are coming off an open week, but are still riding the momentum of a 28-10 win at The Citadel. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 11 in the country when they lost to UTC on Sept. 29, making it the biggest road win for Chattanooga since 1983.
The win in Charleston evened UTC's SoCon record at 1-1 (2-3 overall). The Mocs are one of four teams in the SoCon with just one loss in league action. Furman is 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the SoCon. All three of their FCS losses have come by three points or less, including last week's 20-17 setback at No. 5 Wofford.
Furman has owned the Mocs in the recent history of this long-running rivalry that dates back to 1928. The Paladins are 21-3 against UTC since 1988 and 27-14 overall. UTC did snap a 15-game losing streak with a 36-28 win on their last trip to Paladin Stadium on Oct. 23, 2010. UTC actually has more road wins (8-12) than home victories (6-15) in the series.
Last year's matchup was a 14-7 slugfest that ended in favor of the Paladins. Terrell Robinson scored on a one-yard run with 4:16 left in the game to give UTC a 7-6 lead, but they could not hold on. Jerodis Williams gave Furman the lead with a five-yard score with 2:06 left on the clock. UTC QB's were sacked and fumbled on their last two possessions.
The last time the Mocs visited Furman they posted one of the biggest comebacks in school history. Trailing 28-10 in the fourth quarter, UTC scored four times in just over five minutes to post a 36-28 win. Joel Bradford set a school record with 274 receiving yards on 15 catches. B.J. Coleman was 33-58 with two touchdowns. That win snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Mocs against the Paladins.
Fans can catch the game on the radio on the Mocs Sports Network. The flagship station is ESPN Radio 105.1 FM in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 33rd year as the play-by-play man for the Mocs. Todd Agne has the color commentary with Will Poindexter as the sideline reporter.
The game will also broadcast on ESPN3.com as a part of the SoCon television package. Darren Goldwater has the play-by-play while Doug Chapman handles the analysis. A link for the broadcast is available on the schedule page on GoMocs.com.
SEASON NO. 105
The Chattanooga Mocs are in their 105th season of football in 2012. The University of Chattanooga was founded in 1886 and football began play in 1904. No teams were fielded in 1917 and 1918 due to World War I. There was also a two-year hiatus from football action during World War II in 1943 and 1944. The Mocs have an all-time record of 490-501-35 (.494) and have won 10 conference titles.
COACHES AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 19-19 in his fourth year 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. The Mocs are 1-2 against Furman under Huesman.
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.
Head Coach Bruce Fowler (Furman '81) is in his second season at his alma mater. A Cincinnati, Ohio, native who served as an assistant coach on the Paladin staff for 18 years before spending nine seasons in the capacities of defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Vanderbilt University, Fowler is the 22nd head coach in the history of Furman football. Fowler joined the Paladin program as a walk-on in 1977. He lettered two years as a cornerback and was a member of Furman's first SoCon championship team in 1978. He started as a junior in 1980 helped Furman notch its second league crown. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in physical education and began his coaching career as an assistant at nearby Wren (S.C.) High School, remaining there for three years before returning to Furman in 1984 as a graduate assistant. He later earned an M.A. in education from Furman. The Paladins went 6-5 in Fowler's first season.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
- Sophomore DE Davis Tull is second in the SoCon with 5.5 TFLs ... he is also third in the SoCon with 4.0 sacks.
- The Mocs are 17th in the nation in total defense, allowing 315.0 yards per game...that is good for No. 3 in the Southern Conference.
- Sophomore K/P Nick Pollard is No. 5 in the SoCon, averaging 41.2 yards per punt. He is using the same rugby-style punting as Joel Bradford did last year.
- UTC is 2-1 when coming off an open week in the Russ Huesman era.
- Two-time All-SoCon defensive back Kadeem Wise has nine career interceptions and it tied for No. 6 all-time at UTC with - among others - head coach Russ Huesman (1978-81).
- UTC is coming off a 5-6 2011 record which included five losses by a total of 12 points. The Mocs lost three games by a 28-27 tally.
- UTC has three members of its defense on various preseason All-American teams, including junior linebacker Wes Dothard, senior defensive lineman Josh Williams and junior defensive back Kadeem Wise.
- UTC is picked to finish fourth in the SoCon by the league's coaches and media.
- Chattanooga had eight players named to the preseason All-SoCon teams, including three on the first team defense (Williams, Dothard, Key).
- Despite returning 17 starters, UTC is still a very young team in 2012 ... there are just seven seniors on the roster ... 13 starters on the current two-deep are sophomores and freshmen.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT FURMAN
- Furman punter/placekicker Ray Early is the current SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Punter Of The Week for his outstanding work in the Paladins' 20-17 loss to Wofford on Saturday in Spartanburg. He averaged a career best 57.3 yards on three punts, including a career long 82-yard punt - the second longest in kick Furman history and fourth best in SoCon history.
- Furman is last in the SoCon in turnover margin at -3.
- The Paladins are last in the SoCon in Red Zone offense at 13-22 (59.1%), including one fumble and two INTs.
- Senior Jerodis Williams is second in the SoCon and No. 8 in the nation with 127.7 rushing yards per game.
- Senior Will King is No. 2 in the SoCon with 76.2 receiving yards per game.
- True freshman QB Reese Hannon is No. 4 in the SoCon in passing yards per game (221.4), No. 3 in pass efficiency (140.3) and No. 4 in total offense (218.8).
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE UTC-FURMAN GAME
- Furman has a top-25 offense and a top-25 running game against the Mocs' top-20 defense. The Paladins are No. 24 in the nation in total offense (423.5) and No. 22 in rushing offense (197.5) per game . The Mocs are No. 17 in the country in total defense (316.0).
- Both teams are in the top-25 for fewest yards penalized per game. UTC is No. 21 with 43.4 while Furman is No. 13 with 40.5.
- Both squads have controlled the ball up to this point in the season. Furman is No. 2 in the SoCon and No. 7 in the nation with a 33:39 Time of Possession average. The Mocs are third in the league and No. 13 in the nation at 33:17.
- Don't look for a lot of punt returns from these two teams. Furman is eighth in the SoCon (3.9) while UTC is ninth (2.7) in that category.
- UTC head coach Russ Huesman and Furman head coach Bruce Fowler are both from Cincinnati, Ohio, coaching at their alma maters and played in the SoCon in the late 1970's.
- Furman freshman DT John Mackey is a graduate of Chattanooga's Baylor School along with UTC's Jacob Huesman and Henrique Ribeiro and Michael Trundle.
- Furman freshman LB T.J. Warren is a graduate of Ooltewah High School in Ooltewah, Tenn., along with UTC long snapper Bryn Oliver.
- Furman's Cameron Mason (Jr.-TE) and UTC's Michael Slowey (Jr.-OL) both went to Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn.
- Furman assistant coach Jimmy Lindsey is a 2001 graduate of UTC and worked on the Mocs' staff from in 2010 & 2011.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE FURMAN SERIES
- This is the 42nd meeting between these two teams.
- Furman leads the all-time series 27-14.
- The Mocs snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 36-28 win at Furman on Oct. 23, 2010.
- Furman has never lost to the Mocs in Finley Stadium.
- Furman has won 21 of the last 24 meetings.
- UTC has a better road record (8-12) than home mark (6-15) against Furman.
CHATTANOOGA 28 - No. 11 THE CITADEL - SEPT. 29, 2012
- Biggest road win for the Mocs since a 30-9 victory at No. 10 Appalachian State on Oct. 8, 1983.
- Ron Moore blocked a punt in the first quarter...it was the first blocked punt by a Moc since Chris Awuah at Wofford on Nov. 20, 2010.
- Terrell Robinson and Ron Moore hooked up for a 51-yard reception in the second quarter...it is the longest play from scrimmage for the Mocs this season.
- Mocs defense allowed 122 yards in the first quarter...18 yards in the second quarter and 357 for the game.
- UTC's 13-play, 85-yard scoring drive in the third quarter extended the lead to 21-3...it was the Mocs' longest scoring drive of the season...they equaled that with a five-play, 85-yard drive in the fourth... Chattanooga's four scoring drives were 78, 82, 85 and 85 yards.
- The Mocs had a season-high 254 rushing yards on 49 attempts...it is the most rushing yards for UTC since putting up 265 against Western Carolina last season.
- UTC won the turnover battle 2-0 with a fumble recovery and an interception...UTC is +4 in turnover margin for the season.
- The Citadel came into the game ranked No. 5 in the nation with 327 rushing yards per game coming into tonight. The Mocs held the Bulldogs to 232 on the ground.
- The Bulldogs were 20th in the nation in scoring, averaging 34.5 ppg coming into the game...the Mocs held them to a season-low 10 points.
- UTC is 15-2 when scoring 28+ points in the Huesman era.
- The Mocs quarterbacks, Jacob Huesman and Terrell Robinson, combined for 336 yards of total offense...Robinson had 170 (97 rush, 73 pass) and Huesman had 166 (80 rush, 86 pass).
- Shane Heatherly (Sr. - LB) - Tied career-high with eight tackles for the second straight game ... added a fumble recovery in fourth quarter.
- Jacob Huesman (Fr. - QB) - 80 rushing yards on 14 carries ... 11-14 passing for 73 yards and his sixth passing TD of the season ... six passing TDs ties Terrell Robinson (2011) for the third most by a UTC freshman in school history.
- Russ Huesman (Head Coach - 4th Year) - 19-19 overall...13-13 in the SoCon ... 3-1 against The Citadel...2-0 in Charleston ... 9-12 in SoCon road games ... 5-10 against ranked FCS opponents.
- Kendrix Huitt (Fr. - RB) - 57 yards on eight carries in first significant action ... first career touchdown.
- D.J. Key (Jr. - DB) - Tied a career-high with a game-high 12 tackles ... second game this season with 10+ and sixth of his career.
- Ron Moore (So. - WR) - Finished with a game-high four catches for 76 yards ... blocked a punt in the first quarter ... 51-yard reception was UTC's longest play from scrimmage this season ... five of 11 career receptions have been for 20+ yards...four for TDs.
- Terrell Robinson (So. - QB) - Team-high 97 yards rushing and one TD on 22 carries ... 4-5 passing for 73 yards and one TD ... sixth rushing TD of his career...first of the season ... eighth passing TD of his career...second of the season.
- Kadeem Wise (Jr. - DB) - Recorded his first INT of the season in the 4th quarter...ninth of his career, tying head coach Russ Huesman (1978-81), former teammate Jordan Tippit (2008-11) and Quintez Smith (2003-06) for No. 6 all-time at UTC ... finished with eight tackles and a PBU.
FURMAN 14, CHATTANOOGA 7 - OCT. 29, 2011
- UTC drops to 0-8 all-time against the Paladins in Finley Stadium...the Mocs have not beaten Furman at home since 1993...Chattanooga is 1-16 against the Paladins since 1994 and 14-27 all-time.
- This is the fewest points against an FCS opponent in the Russ Huesman era...it is the fewest points against an FCS team since a 30-7 loss against Samford on Nov. 22, 2008 ... the Mocs were coming off back-to-back 40+ point games for the first time in their Division I history.
- The Mocs were shutout themselves in the first half for the first time since the season-opener at Nebraska...it is the first time an FCS team has shutout the Mocs in the opening half in the Russ Huesman era...last time was a 27-7 loss at Western Carolina on Nov. 1, 2008.
- The Mocs three passing yards are the fewest since not recording any yards in the air in a 17-7 win at Marshall on Oct. 2, 1982.
- This is just the second loss in the Russ Huesman era when outrushing an opponent...the Mocs posted 166 yards on the ground to Furman's 84.
- The Mocs 169 yards of total offense are the fewest in a game since posting 84 at Alabama on Nov. 21, 2009...it is the fewest against and FCS team since posting 125 against in a 42-7 loss at No. 3 Elon on Oct. 18, 2008.
- Chattanooga ran the ball a season-high 58 times.
- UTC had a season-high four turnovers (2 fumbles, 2 INTs)...the Mocs lost the turnover battle (1-4) for the first time this season...UTC came into the game leading the SoCon and No. 8 in the nation in with a +12 turnover margin.
- QB - Terrell Robinson - FR - Game-high 87 yards rushing ... one rushing TD.
- DL - Davis Tull - FR - Season-high eight tackles ... forced a fumble and recorded a sack ... totaled two TFLs.
NO. 24 CHATTANOOGA 36, NO. 24 FURMAN 28 - OCT. 23, 2010
- The 24th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs broke a 15-game losing streak to Furman with a 36-28 win.
- The Mocs are on a five-game winning streak for the first time since head coach Russ Huesman was a junior defensive back on the 1980 squad...that is also the last season UTC has had four-straight wins in SoCon action.
- Mocs had a season-high 568 yards of total offense...it is their most since recording 695 in a 59-56 win against Appalachian State on Oct. 30, 2004.
- UTC put up a season-high 432 passing yards against the No. 2 rated passing defense in the nation...Furman came into the game allowing a SoCon-low 101.2 yards in the air per game this season.
- UTC trailed 28-10 going into the 4th quarter...the Mocs scored four TDs in 4:15 seconds to mount the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history.
- The 26 points UTC put up in the 4th quarter is their best in the final frame since scoring 29 against ETSU in a 43-26 win on Nov. 9, 1991.
- UTC was 11-21 on third downs in the game...Furman was 1-10.
- The Mocs committed a season-high five TOs (four INTs and one fumble).
- Total team effort in the win today...all five TDs were scored by a different Moc.
- The Mocs defense forced turnovers on three of Furman's last five possessions.
- Furman special teams forced a bad punt, blocked a field goal and blocked an extra point in the game.
- UTC ran 102 offensive plays in the game (59 passing and 43 rushing)...Furman was held to just 54 plays (21 passing and 33 rushing) in the game.
- The Mocs defense held Furman to a season-low 221 yards of total offense.
- With the win over No. 25 Furman, UTC is now 2-2 against ranked teams in 2010...coupled with last week's victory over No. 18 Georgia Southern, the Mocs have won two-straight over ranked teams.
- Junior WR Joel Bradford - Career-high and school-record 274 yards receiving...broke his own UTC mark of 254 yards set against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 11.
- Freshman DB Don Cope - Took the ball away from Furman on kickoff coverage in the 4th quarter, giving UTC 1st and 10 on the Paladin 24.
- Sophomore RB J.J. Jackson - 38 yards on nine carries ... added his second TD run of the year.
- Freshman Kadeem Wise - Picked off his UTC freshman record sixth pass of the season ... six picks in a year is tied for fourth all-time at UTC ... school-record is eight for a single season.
HUESMAN MOVING UP UTC FRESHMAN RECORD LIST
Jacob Huesman is currently tied for third on UTC's freshman records list with six TD passes. Teammate Terrell Robinson also threw six in 2011, as did Ralph Potter in 1982. Brian Hampton is second with seven in 1995 while Kenyon Earl has the rookie record with 11 in 1991.
Of the 1,758 yards of total offense produced by the Mocs this season, all but 221 yards were put up by sophomores and freshmen. That means that underclassmen account for roughly 87% of the Mocs offense. With 17 total starters returning, the Mocs have a lot of experience back. However, UTC is still a young team in 2012. There are only seven seniors on the roster. Of the 62 Mocs that participated in a game last season, 22 were freshmen and another 17 were sophomores. There are 13 sophomores and freshmen who are listed as starters on the two-deep, including nine on offense, three on defense and two specialists.
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."
ROSTER, DEPTH CHART AND BREAKDOWNS
An updated roster can be found on pages 10-11 of the .pdf of the game notes. There is a roster breakdown on page 12 and a list of the starters and letter winners returning and lost on page 13. An updated depth chart is on pages 14-15.
HUESMAN IMPRESSIVE AT QB
Freshman QB Jacob Huesman put up some impressive numbers in his first collegiate start at No. 24 Jacksonville State. He had 21 carries for 166 yards rushing and one TD. It was the most rushing yards by a Moc since Bryan Fitzgerald had 181 at Presbyterian on Sept. 19, 2009 and the second most rushing yards by a QB in school history (197 - Richard Manning at Ole Miss on Nov. 9, 1968). It was also the second most rushing yards by a freshman in school history (202 - James Roberts at ETSU - 10/14/89). His 62-yard run on the first play from scrimmage is the longest rush by a Moc since Brian Sutherland's 62-yard run against Appalachian State on Sept. 4, 2010. He was also 18-30 passing for 181 yards and two TDs. His 347 yards of total offense is the most by a Moc since B.J. Coleman had 428 (432 pass/-4 rush) at Furman on Oct. 23, 2010, and the most ever by a UTC freshman.
He is currently No. 4 in the SoCon with a 128.8 pass efficiency rating and sixth in the league with 201.6 yards of total offense per game. He leads the team with 61 rushing yards per game. Against Glenville State, Huesman threw for 210 yards on 16-26 passing with two TDs. It was the most passing yards by a UTC freshman since Stan Nix put up 221 in a 16-14 win over Furman on Sept. 26, 1987.
DOTHARD NAMED TO BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST
Junior linebacker Wes Dothard was named to the 2012 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. Dothard is one of 20 players up for the top defensive honor in the Football Championship Subdivision presented by The Sports Network. He is also a consensus Preseason All-American. Dothard is coming off an outstanding sophomore season that included 98 tackles, five forced fumbles, two defensive scores and First Team All-American honors from the Sports Network. He is currently second on the team with 35 tackles, including three for a loss, a forced fumble and an interception.
WILLIAMS A CONSENSUS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Senior defensive end Josh Williams has been named to various preseason FCS All-American teams heading into 2012. He is the Mocs' all-time leader in sacks with 21.5 in his career. The Griffin, Ga., native led the SoCon in sacks last season (9.5) and earned first team honors from the league. He has started 35 of 37 games in his career. So far this season he has 11 tackles, a pair of QBHs and recovered a fumble.
WISE NAMED TO PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
Junior defensive back Kadeem Wise joined Dothard and Williams on the Phil Steele FCS Preseason All-American team. Wise made the fourth team while Dothard and Williams were third team selections. Wise is a two-time All-SoCon performer with nine career interceptions. He was the 2010 SoCon Freshman of the Year and a second team all-league pick in 2011. He has started every game of his career at cornerback and is the only Moc to be named All-SoCon in his first two seasons. He is currently third on the team with 30 tackles. He was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week after logging eight tackles and a pick at The Citadel on Sept. 29.
POLLARD NAMED TO FRED MITCHELL AWARD WATCH LIST
Sophomore Nick Pollard is one of 44 student-athletes on the 2012 Fred Mitchell Place-Kicker Award Watch List the selection committee announced prior to the season. The annual Fred Mitchell Award is provided to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. Pollard (Smyrna, Tenn.) is coming off an outstanding 2011 season that saw him break the Mocs' freshman scoring record with 61 points. He connected on 31-of-33 PATs and was 10-of-14 on field goals, earning Southern Conference All-Freshman honors. This season he is 3-6 on FGs and 13-14 on PATs. He is also handling the punting duties and has a 41.2-yard average per kick.