It’s Homecoming Week at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The campus and community are buzzing with activities leading up to the Mocs’ Southern Conference showdown with Furman on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff against the Paladins is set for 6:04 p.m. (E.D.T.) at Finley Stadium.
Chattanooga is currently 3-2 overall and 1-1 in SoCon action. The Paladins own a 2-3 record and are also even in league play at 1-1. All three of Furman’s losses have been by a touchdown or less.
The Mocs are trying to stop an eight-game slide against the Paladins in the Scenic City. The last time Chattanooga scored a home win over Furman was a 45-42 victory on Nov. 20, 1993. UTC has never beaten the Paladins in Finley Stadium. This is also the first time the Mocs have hosted Furman on Homecoming.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 175 is the sponsor for this week’s Homecoming game against Furman. They will be handing out rally towels at the gate for the first 3,000 fans in attendance.
Chattanooga is coming off an impressive 42-21 win over Western Carolina last week. The Mocs only allowed 63 yards of total offense to the Catamounts in the first half. UTC also picked off four passes in the game.
Furman’s second half rally against Elon fell short in Saturday’s 28-25 loss to the Phoenix. The Paladins trailed 28-10 at the break, but scored 15 unanswered points in the second half.
MADE IN CHATTANOOGA
The theme for this year’s Homecoming festivities is ‘Made in Chattanooga.’ This is fitting for the Mocs, considering 20 of the 84 members of the team are from the Scenic City area. Also, five members of the coaching staff are either alumni of UTC or Chattanooga natives. For more information on Homecoming 2013, be sure to visit www.mocsconnect.com/homecoming.
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.
AVAILABLE ON ESPN3
The game will also broadcast on ESPN3.com. Darren Goldwater is the play-by-play announcer and Paul Maguire is the color commentator. This is the second of four Mocs football games on ESPN3 this fall.
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.”
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
• The Mocs are currently No. 10 in the FCS and No. 4 in the SoCon in rushing at 252.0 yards per game.
• UTC is No. 15 in the nation and No. 3 in the SoCon in Pass Efficiency (152.98).
• Chattanooga leads the SoCon and is No. 4 in the country in 3rd down conversion percentage (36/68 - 53%).
• UTC leads the SoCon in Time of Possession (31:57).
• The Mocs lead the SoCon in total defense (325.8) and scoring defense (19.8). They are 15th and 19th, nationally, in those respective categories.
• Chattanooga also leads the league and is tied for seventh in the FCS in passing defense (144.0).
• Thanks to four interceptions against Western Carolina, the Mocs are leading the SoCon with a +4 turnover margin.
• Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman leads the league in completion % (63.6%) and points responsible for (11 passing TDs, 4 rushing TDs). He is also No. 14 in the FCS in pass efficiency (152.1) and No. 19 in the nation in passing TDs.
• 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 0-1 on field goals this season. Their only attempt was a 40-yarder last week against Western Carolina.
• Thanks to an 81-yard KOR against Western Carolina, senior Chaz Moore is now No. 14 in the nation in KOR average (28.9).
• After an 11-minute advantage against Western Carolina, Chattanooga now leads the SoCon in Time of Possession at 31:57.
• 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 four 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. Chattanooga had 209 last week against Western Carolina, 239 yards at Georgia Southern, 270 against Austin Peay and a season-high 401 at Georgia State.
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 (19.8 ppg), total defense (325.8 ypg) and pass defense (144.0). However, not one of UTC’s defenders is in the top-20 in the SoCon in tackles. Senior Wes Dothard leads the team and is tied for No. 24 in the SoCon with 31 stops.
TOP TWO SOCON DEFENSES ON DISPLAY
Saturday’s game will feature two of the top defenses in the SoCon. The Mocs are No. 1 in total defense (325.8) while the Paladins are second (343.3). Furman leads the league in rushing defense (139.4). Both teams are tied for the SoCon lead in first downs allowed (16.8).
Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman is putting up some impressive numbers this season. The sophomore captain leads the SoCon with a 63.6 completion % (68-107). He is second in the league and No. 14 in the nation with a 152.1 pass efficiency rating. He leads the SoCon and is No. 8 in the nation in points responsible for with 11 TD passes and four rushing scores. his 11 TD throws are second in the SoCon and No. 19 in the FCS. He is also third in the league in total offense (235.6), eighth in rushing (82.2) and fifth in passing (153.4).
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 (2,479) before the end of the season. He also topped 1,000 career rushing yards (1,315) 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 third in the league with 93.6 rushing yards per game and tied for second in the SoCon with six rushing TDs. He has three 100-yard games this season, including last week’s 127 yards and a TD on 20 carries against Western Carolina. He posted 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 currently leads the league with 6.8 yards per carry.
POLLARD CLIMBING SCORING LIST
Junior PK Nick Pollard is No. 7 on the Mocs all-time scoring list with 141 career points. He needs 12 more points to pass Joe Burke (1977-80) for six place. He is also fourth all-time in career PATs with 84. He needs 12 more to pass Jack Teichmann (1980-83) for third all-time.
INSIDE THE RED ZONE NUMBERS
Furman is tough in the red zone, making seven stops on 21 visits inside the 20 by its opponents. It’s 66.7% defensive rate leads the SoCon and is No. 10 in the nation. The Mocs are yet to post a red zone stop on defense. However, they have only allowed opponents inside their 20 12 times this season. That is the fewest in the SoCon.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT FURMAN
• Freshman QB Duncan Fletcher is the current SoCon Freshman of the Week. He made his second appearance and first collegiate start last week against Elon, completing 25 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. Fletcher began the season as the Paladins’ fourth-string quarterback behind Reese Hannon, Dillon Woodruff and Terry Robinson but was pressed into duty after numerous injuries.
• Senior Ray Early is No. 1 in the SoCon and No. 8 in the nation in punting (44.2). As a team, the Paladins lead the SoCon and are No. 4 in the nation in net punting (41.5).
• Junior Hank McCloud is No. 3 in the SoCon and No. 16 in the nation with 148.6 all-purpose yards per game. He is No. 4 in the SoCon in rushing (90.6) with three 100-yard games this season.
• As a team, the Paladins are last in the SoCon in total offense (320.8).
• 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 assistant coach Jimmy Lindsey is a 2001 graduate of UTC and worked on the Mocs’ staff from in 2010 & 2011.
• UTC linebackers coach Rusty Wright (1992-96) coached at Furman in 2010.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE FURMAN SERIES
• This is the 43rd meeting between these two teams.
• Furman leads the all-time series 27-15.
• 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 (8-0).
• Furman has won 21 of the last 25 meetings.
• UTC has a better road record (9-12) than home mark (6-15) against Furman.
• The Mocs have not won back-to-back games at Furman since 1993 and 1994.
• UTC has not won three out of four against Furman since 1981-84.
• UTC head coach Russ Huesman is 5-0 as a player and coach at Furman.
• The last time these two teams played in Finley Stadium was an ugly 14-7 Furman win on Oct. 29, 2011.
• UTC is 38-20-1 all-time on Homecoming.
• The Mocs are 3-1 on Homecoming in the Russ Huesman era (since 2009).
• UTC is 8-7 on Homecoming in Finley Stadium.
• This is the first time the Mocs will host Furman for Homecoming.
COACH HUESMAN AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 26-23 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 23-18 against FCS teams with 13 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including eight in the top-10. He is 18-16 in SoCon action, including 9-8 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 VS. WESTERN CAROLINA - OCT. 5
• The Chattanooga Mocs improve to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in SoCon action with a 42-21 win over Western Carolina. The Catamounts drop to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in SoCon action.
• The Mocs ended with 432 yards of total offense, second-most this season…third time in last four games with 400+ yards.
• UTC had a balanced attached attack with 209 yards rushing and 223 yards passing...first game with 200 yards rushing and receiving since 35-0 win against Glenville State on Sept. 13, 2012…first time against an FCS opponent since putting up 212 rushing and 296 passing in a 38-17 win against No. 10 Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, 2011.
• Chattanooga ended with 200 rushing yards for the fourth consecutive game…first time with a run like that since five straight in 2005.
• Western Carolina had 191 passing yards, the most allowed by UTC this season. The Mocs came into the game No. 5 in the nation in passing yards allowed at 132.3 per game.
• All three of the Mocs punts were downed inside Western Carolina’s 15-yard line.
• Chattanooga held over an 11-minute advantage in Time of Possession (35:55 to 24:05).
• UTC picked off a season-high four WCU passes. It is the most interceptions in a game by the Mocs since picking off four at Western Carolina in a 27-24 win on Oct. 23, 2004. UTC had three picks in the second quarter alone. Chattanooga came into the game with just four takeaways this season.
• It was the Mocs fifth consecutive win over Western Carolina…UTC is 24-16 all-time against the Catamounts, including 14-6 at home and 7-2 in Finley Stadium.
• Chattanooga converted on 9/15 (60%) third down chances. UTC came into the game leading the SoCon and No. 7 in the nation in that category at 51%.
• Jacob Huesman’s screen pass to Marquis Green that went for a 67-yard TD in the second quarter was the longest play from scrimmage for the Mocs this season. It was a career-long reception and a career-long-tying TD pass for Green and Huesman.
• Marquis Green – Jr.-RB - Three catches for a career-high 87 yards and a career-high two TDs ... most receiving yards by a Moc this season ... three carries for 11 yards ... career-long 67-yard TD reception on a screen pass from Jacob Huesman in the second quarter.
• Jacob Huesman – So.-QB - Career-best five total TDs (4 passing – 1 rushing) ... 18-25 for 223 yards ... four passing TDs is a career-high ... season-high 18 completions ... sacked four times for -15 yards ... 67-yard TD pass to Marquis Green in the second quarter tied a career long…previous was a 67-yard hookup with Terrell Robinson against Elon last season (11/17/12) ... 24 career passing TDs is now No. 8 all-time at UTC…passed Antonio Miller’s 21 tonight (2004-07).
• D.J. Key – Sr.-DB - Team-high 11 tackles ... back-to-back games with 10+ tackles…9th of his career ... first INT of the season…sixth of his career.
• Zach McCarter – Jr.-DB - Second career INT…first was also against WCU at Finley Stadium in 2011.
• Gunner Miller – Sr.-LB - 2nd INT of the season…5th of his career ... added five tackles.
• Chaz Moore – Sr.-DB - Career-long 81-yard kickoff return ... added his fourth career INT.
• Nick Pollard – Jr.-P/K - 6-6 on PATs…tied a career-high for the third time this season ... moved into No. 7 for all-time scoring at UTC with 141 points…passed Craig Camay (2006-09) tonight ... averaged 47.0 punts on two punts…both downed inside the 15 ... season-long 55-yard punt ... missed a 40-yard FG…first attempt of the season…0-7 all-time from 40+ yards.
• Daniel Ring – So.-DL - Three tackles, including a season-high two TFLs.
• Terrell Robinson – Jr.-WR - Season-high eight catches for 56 yards.
• Dee Virgin – Fr.-DB - Season-high seven tackles.
• Keon Williams – Jr.-RB - 127 yards and a TD on 20 carries ... third 100-yard game this season...fourth of his career ... now third in the SoCon in rushing with 93.6 yards per game ... 6th rushing TD of the season ... also had one catch for 14 yards.
GAME NOTES VS. FURMAN - OCT. 13, 2012
• The Mocs improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the SoCon with a 31-10 win at Furman last season.
• UTC has won two-straight at Furman for the first time since playing back-to-back games on the road in 1978 and 1979.
• Furman came into the game No. 2 in the SoCon and No. 7 in the nation with a 33:39 Time-of-Possession average ... UTC held the ball for 38:54 in today’s game.
• In the first half, the Mocs allowed 75 yards on Furman’s first TD drive...Paladin’s other four drives were 23 yards, 12 plays and three 3 & outs.
• Furman came into the game No. 22 in the nation in rushing yards, averaging 197.5 par game...the Mocs held them to a season-low 39 yards on the ground today.
• Furman came into the game No. 24 in the nation in total offense, averaging 423.5 yards per game...the Mocs held them to a season-low 223 yard today.
• UTC’s two-headed quarterback attack of freshman Jacob Huesman (59 rush, 171 pass) and sophomore Terrell Robinson (29 rush, 86 pass) accounted for 345 of the Mocs’ 369 yards of total offense today (93.5%).
• UTC’s defense held Furman to just eight first downs and 2/13 on third down.
• Marquis Green (So. - RB) - Career-best five catches for 53 yards ... career-long 26-yard reception in the third quarter.
• Jacob Huesman (Fr. - QB) - 18-23 passing for 171 yards and two TDs ... 59 yards rushing on 22 carries ... started at receiver for the first time this season ... 8 passing TDs this season passes Brian Hampton (1995) for No. 2 among UTC frosh all-time.
• D.J. Key (Jr. - DB) - Career-high three PBUs ... added five tackles.
• Nick Pollard (So. - K/P) - Four punts for a 48.5-yard average ... career-long 61 yard punt ... pinned Furman inside the 20 four times ... 29-yard FG in the first quarter...kick was partially blocked but still made it over the cross bar ... 10-11 on FGs inside 20 yards for his career ... first time with four touchbacks in a game.
• Terrell Robinson (So. - QB) - Got the start at QB ... second of the season ... scored three TDs ... two receiving and one rushing ... four carries for 29 yards and one TD ... second rushing TD of the season ... seventh of his career ... 7-10 passing for 86 yards ... career-best eight catches for 81 yards and two TDs.
• Davis Tull (So. - DE) - Two sacks in the game ... has 6.0 sacks on the year and 11.0 for his career ... forced a fumble that sealed the game.
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.