The Chattanooga Mocs host Western Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) at Finley Stadium. This game is featured as “Community Day” which includes the “Take a Kid to a Game” initiative, Youth Day, Spirit Day and a Canned Food Drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
The “Take A Kid to the Game” program is entering its 18th year in the promotion of collegiate athletics. Adults purchasing a full price ticket will have the opportunity to purchase up to ten youth (8th grade and below) tickets at the $5 dollar rate. Chattanooga is one of more than 200 schools across the nation participating in this campaign focused on allowing youth the opportunity to attend college football games.
To keep the youth and community atmosphere rolling, the Mocs will also host Spirit Day. Local youth cheerleaders will have the opportunity to cheer on the sidelines of Finley Stadium, along with the UTC cheerleaders and Sugar Mocs.
The Mocs will also be joining forces with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. The Canned Food Drive will be held prior to kickoff, with collection happening at the gates and in front of the First Tennessee Pavilion. Fans who donate at least three canned food items will receive a voucher for a $5 general admission ticket they can take to the ticket window for redemption.
The Mocs are coming off a tough 23-21 loss at No. 15 Georgia Southern and sit at 2-2 on the season. UTC is 0-1 in Southern Conference action.
The Catamounts are trying to snap a 23-game SoCon slide. They are 1-4, including a 30-23 victory over Mars Hill on Sept. 21. WCU dropped to 0-2 in SoCon action with last week’s 62-23 loss at Samford.
Saturday’s game is sponsored by TN Stars College Savings 529 Program. For more information on this program, including added incentives, visit www.TNStars.com.
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.”
WESTERN CAROLINA TV PRODUCTION
Western Carolina is producing this game for broadcast in the Asheville, N.C., area on My 40 WMYA. It will also air locally on WTVC’s digital channel ThisTV (9.2). A full local channel guide is available below.
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Tickets for the game are available now at the UTC Ticket Office by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627) or online on GoMocs.com. Remember to use the promo code #gomocs to get print-at-home $13 general admission tickets.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
• After not allowing a single passing yard to Georgia Southern, UTC is No. 5 in the nation in pass defense (132.3 ypg).
• Chattanooga leads the SoCon and is No. 7 in the country in 3rd down conversion percentage (27/53 - 51%)...the Mocs have allowed a total of 94 passing yards the last two games combined.
• The Mocs are currently No. 11 in the FCS and No. 3 in the SoCon in rushing at 263.0 yards per game.
• Chattanooga is 17th in the nation and No. 2 in the SoCon in scoring defense (19.5 ppg).
• Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman is No. 2 in the SoCon and No. 23 in the nation in points responsible for (7 TDs passing and 3 rushing).
• Junior TE Faysal Shafaat is third in the SoCon and No. 18 in the FCS with four receiving TDs. Shafaat leads the team with 136 yards on 10 catches.
• Senior DB Kadeem Wise leads the SoCon and is No. 24 in the nation with five passes defended.
• Junior Tommy Hudson is second in the SoCon and No. 23 in the nation with a 9.8 yard punt return average.
• The Mocs are yet to attempt a field goal this season.
• 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).
• Despite last week’s loss to Georgia Southern, head coach Russ Huesman actually has a better SoCon road record (9-8), than a SoCon record in Finley Stadium (8-8).
MOCS GETTING IT DONE ON THE GROUND
UTC has posted three straight games with at least 200 rushing yards. It is the first time the Mocs have put together a run like that since 2005. Chattanooga had 239 yards at Georgia Southern last week, the fewest rushing yards in that three-game span. UTC has not strung three consecutive game together with at least 239 rushing yards since 1980.
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 second in the league in scoring defense (19.5 ppg) and total defense (335.0 ypg). However, not one of UTC’s defenders is in the top-25 in the SoCon in tackles. Seniors Kadeem Wise and Chaz Moore lead the Mocs and are tied for No. 27 with 25 stops each on the year.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT WESTERN CAROLINA
• Western Carolina has lost 23-straight SoCon games, dating back to 2010...WCU’s last conference win came at The Citadel on Oct. 2, 2010.
• The Catamounts are looking for their first win over an NCAA Division I team (FBS or FCS) since it last defeated The Citadel in Charleston on Oct. 2, 2010 – a span of 30 total games.
• Head coach Mark Spier is in his second season at WCU.
• The Catamounts have lost 17-straight road games dating back to Oct. 2, 2010.
• Of WCU’s 7 wins over the past 5 seasons, 3 have come on the road.
• Senior LB Courtland Carson leads the SoCon with 56 tackles...he is No. 12 in the nation with 11.2 tackles-per-game.
• Western Carolina senior punter Clark Sechrest and redshirt junior defensive back Ace Clark were both named to the preseason All-Southern Conference.
• Sophomore QB Troy Mitchell leads the SoCon and is No. 17 in the nation with 283.5 yards of total offense per game.
• Senior DL Andre Shishkin leads the SoCon with 3.0 sacks in four games.
• WCU has allowed a league-high 11 sacks.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE UTC-WESTERN CAROLINA GAME
• For the third year in a row, the Mocs are facing Western Carolina after a tough loss to Georgia Southern.
• WCU averages 215 yards per game through the air...UTC has allowed a total of 94 passing yards the last two games.
• The Mocs are one of the top rushing teams in the nation...the Catamounts are last in the SoCon in rushing defense, allowing 242.0 yards per game on the ground.
• UTC is among the national leaders in 3rd down conversions (51%), while WCU is last in the SoCon in 3rd down conversion defense (52%).
• WCU leads the SoCon in red zone offense - 11-12 with seven TDs. The Mocs are last in the SoCon in red zone defense - 11-11 with seven TDs.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE WESTERN CAROLINA SERIES
• This is the 40th meeting in the series that dates back to 1973.
• UTC owns a 23-16 overall advantage.
• UTC has won six of the last seven and four in a row.
• The Mocs have scored at least 42 points in each of the last two games.
COACH HUESMAN AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 25-23 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 22-18 against FCS teams with 13 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including eight in the top-10. He is 17-16 in SoCon action, including 8-8 at home.
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 AT NO. 15 GEORGIA SOUTHERN - SEPT. 28
• The Mocs totaled 239 rushing yards in the game…third straight game with at least that much offense on the ground.
• UTC defense did not allow any passing yards in the game…Georgia Southern missed on both of their pass attempts.
• Georgia Southern came into the game with an FCS-best 52.0 scoring average. Chattanooga held the Eagles to less than half of that tonight.
• The Eagles came into the game No. 1 in the FCS in rushing yards at 407.7. The Mocs held them to 377 tonight.
• UTC’s second quarter scoring drive was 80 yards on 15 plays (6:45)…the longest drive of the season for the Mocs.
• The Mocs lost the turnover battle for the first time this season…UTC had one interception late in the game.
• UTC was flagged for a season-high 75 yards on 11 penalties.
• Jacob Huesman – So.-QB - Ran for a season-high 148 yards on 14 carries ... 5th career 100-yard rushing game…1st this season ... 51 yard TD run in the first quarter is the longest run by a Moc this season ... most rushing yards by a Moc this season ... 9-19 passing for 92 yards, TD and INT ... has 20 career passing TDs…tied for 9th all-time at UTC with Cedric Stevens (2004).
• D.J. Key – Sr.-DB - Career-high and game-high 13 tackles ... added one TFL ... 8th career game with 10+ tackles ... most tackles by a Moc this season.
• Davis Tull – Jr.-DE - 10 tackles and two TFLs ... second career game with 10+ tackles…both against Georgia Southern.
• Keon Williams – Jr.-RB - 48 yards and a TD on 10 carries ... two catches for 59 yards and his first career receiving TD ... 57 yards TD reception is longest pass play vs. Eagles this season ... longest play from scrimmage for the Mocs.
GAME NOTES VS. WESTERN CAROLINA - NOV. 3, 2013
• WCU lead 24-16 before UTC rolled off 29 unanswered points in the second half...UTC trailed 24-22 after three quarters, but scored 23 in the fourth for the win.
• At the half, Western Carolina had 24 points, 255 yards of offense and 13 first downs. The Mocs defense shut out the Catamounts in the second half, while allowing just 33 yards of offense and one first down.
• The 45 points are a season-high for the Mocs.
• UTC had two plays for over 50 yards in one game for the first time this season...Jacob Huesman had a 51-yard TD run in the third quarter...Kendrix Huitt had a 74-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
• Huitt and Huesman’s 50-yard+ TD runs were the first for the Mocs of that length since Bryan Fitzgerald had a 65-yarder at Arkansas on Oct. 6, 2007.
• Freshman RB Kendrix Huitt (137) and freshman QB Jacob Huesman (130) both had 100+ yards rushing today...first time two UTC rushers ran for over 100 yards since Bryan Fitzgerald (134) and Erroll Wynn (115) against Appalachian State in 2007.
• UTC’s 367 rushing yards are a season-high and the most since putting up 404 in a 49-14 win against VMI on Oct. 15, 1994.
• Sophomore QB Terrell Robinson capped off a 13-play, 98-yard drive in the fourth quarter icing the game with a three-yard TD run...it is the longest scoring drive in terms of yards for UTC in the Russ Huesman era.
• Jacob Huesman (Fr. - QB) - 130 rushing yards and two TDs on 12 carries ... scored on a 51-yard rush in the third quarter...also had a five-yard TD run in the fourth quarter...second time with two rushing TDs in a game ... 364 rushing yards and three TDs in last three games ... 14-21 passing for 107 yards, one TD and two INTs ... threw his first INT since the Appalachian State game on Sept. 22.
• Kendrix Huitt (Fr. - RB) - Career-highs with 137 yards on 15 carries and one TD ... 74-yard run in the fourth quarter is the longest play of the year for the Mocs...longest TD run for UTC since Eldra Buckley had a 76-yarder against Tennessee Tech on Aug. 31, 2006.
• D.J. Key (Jr. - DB) - INT in the second quarter...second of the year and fifth of his career...added nine stops.
• Terrell Robinson (So. - QB) - 30 yards and a TD on five carries ... 3 catches for a team-high 31 yards.
• Davis Tull (So. - DE) - Recorded his SoCon leading 10th sack of the season.
• Kadeem Wise (Jr. - DB) - INT in the fourth quarter ... second of the season and the 10th of his career ... passes head coach Russ Huesman (1978-81), among others, to tie for fourth-place now on the Mocs all-time INT list.
Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman is off to a fast start to the 2013 season. He is currently No. 3 in the SoCon with 226.5 yards of total offense per game. He is also fourth in passing efficiency with a 137.6 rating and second in rushing at 90.5 yards per game.
Huesman is also starting to make a mark on the Mocs career lists. He has 20 touchdown passes and is tied with Cedric Stevens (2004) for ninth on the Mocs all-time list. He should also break into the top-10 for career passing yards (2,256) before the end of the season. He also topped 1,000 career rushing yards (1,266) against Georgia State.
WILLIAMS RUNNING STRONG
Junior running back Keon Williams has twice been named the league’s offensive player of the week this season. He is fifth in the league with 85.2 rushing yards per game and third in the SoCon with five rushing TDs. He posted 106 yards on 11 carries with three scores against Austin Peay. He also had 147 yards and a TD on 20 carries at Georgia State. He currently leads the league with 7.0 yards per carry.
POLLARD CLIMBING SCORING LIST
Junior PK Nick Pollard is No. 8 on the Mocs all-time scoring list with 135 career points. He needs three more points to pass Craig Camay (2006-09) for seventh place.
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.
SEASON NO. 106
The Chattanooga Mocs are entering their 106th season of football in 2013. 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 496-505-35 (.496) and have won 10 conference titles.