The Chattanooga Mocs football team welcomes one of its oldest rivals to Finley Stadium this weekend. UTC hosts The Citadel on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2:00 p.m. in Southern Conference action.
The Mocs are going for win No. 500 in their 106th season of college football. UTC and the NCAA officially recognize 1904 as the first year of organized, intercollegiate football at the University. The Mocs all-time record sits at 499-505-35.
Chattanooga is coming off a 20-9 win at Elon on Saturday and is 5-2 overall. The Mocs are currently third in the SoCon race with a 3-1 league tally. UTC has not allowed a touchdown in its last two games.
The Citadel is 2-5 overall and did not play last week. The Bulldogs are fifth in the league race at 2-3. The Mocs are 0-2 against teams coming off a bye week in the Russ Huesman era (since 2009).
The Mocs-Bulldogs series dates back to 1926 and includes 46 meetings. UTC has faced The Citadel more than any other opponent in school history and holds a 27-17-2 advantage.
This is turning into one of the more heated rivalries in the league over the last few meetings. UTC has won three of four in the Huesman era, but the last two match ups have had surprising ends.
Last season (Sept. 29), the Bulldogs were ranked No. 11 in the nation when they hosted the 1-3 Mocs. The Citadel had just posted wins over No. 3 Georgia Southern and No. 7 Appalachian State, before losing an FBS game at N.C. State. The Mocs went into Johnson Hagood Stadium and put on a dominating performance in a 28-10 victory for one of their biggest road wins in school history.
The last time The Citadel visited Finley Stadium (10/1/11), the 15th-ranked Mocs took a 27-0 lead into the halftime break. The Citadel stormed back with 28 unanswered points in the second half to post a 28-27 win.
Memorial Health Care System is Saturday’s official game sponsor. The Mocs have also teamed up with the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness day. 1,000 pink T-shirts will be given out at the gate to promote breast cancer awareness. Memorial will have their Mobile Mammogram Unit at Finley Stadium for free tours throughout the game.
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.
WIN A FREE IPAD MINI
Dr. Keith B. Dressler Orthodontist and the Mocs have teamed up to give one random fan a free iPad Mini at Saturday’s game. Beginning at Noon on game day and through the end of the third quarter, text “BRACES” to 96000 to enter to win. A random winner will be chosen to meet Dr. Dressler at the Blood Assurance Customer Service tent to claim the prize.
WRESTLING BLUE & GOLD MATCH IN THE PAVILION
For the second year in a row, the wrestlers are moving their Blue & Gold Match to the First Tennessee Pavilion, prior to the The Citadel game. Starting lineups will be introduced at 11:30 a.m. (E.D.T.), just prior to the football team’s traditional Moc Walk through the First Tennessee Pavilion. Action begins immediately following and will continue through the Spirit Parade.
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 have not allowed a touchdown in the last two games. First time that has happened since 1991. The last time the Mocs held three teams without at TD was 1968.
• The Mocs lead the SoCon in total defense (301.6) and scoring defense (16.7). They are 7th and 4th, nationally, in those respective categories.
• UTC has held its last three opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense...the Mocs have done that four times this season, five in 2012 and six in 2011...UTC has held at least four opponents to less than 300 yards in each of Russ Huesman’s five seasons...Prior to his arrival in 2009, the last time Chattanooga held four opponents to under 300 yards in a season was 2000.
• Chattanooga also leads the league and is fourth in the FCS in passing defense (144.0).
• UTC is No. 20 in the nation and second in the SoCon in pass efficiency defense (110.97).
• The Mocs are allowing just 15.7 first downs per game. That is second in the SoCon and tied for 12th nationally.
• Junior DE Davis Tull is second in the SoCon and No. 11 in the FCS with 6.5 sacks ... he set the Mocs all-time sack record (24.0) with one at Elon last week.
• UTC is tied for first in the SoCon with seven interceptions.
• The Mocs are currently No. 12 in the FCS and No. 4 in the SoCon in rushing at 243.1 yards per game.
• UTC is No. 25 in the nation and No. 3 in the SoCon in Pass Efficiency (144.84).
• Chattanooga is second in the SoCon and is No. 14 in the country in 3rd down conversion percentage (45/93 - 48.4%).
• Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman leads the league and is No. 7 in the country in completion % (67.4%) and is second in points responsible for (11 passing TDs, 6 rushing TDs).
• Junior RB Keon Williams is No. 2 in the SoCon in rushing yards per game (98.1). His nine rushing TDs are second in the league and 15th in the nation.
• Thanks to an 81-yard KOR against Western Carolina, senior Chaz Moore is No. 6 in the nation in KOR average (30.8).
• Junior Tommy Hudson is second in the SoCon and No. 28 in the nation with a 9.5 yard punt return average.
• Junior Nick Pollard is handling both the punting and place-kicking duties this season. He is 3-4 on field goals and averages 40.6 yards per punt.
• The Mocs are tied for 12th in the nation for fewest penalties (4.43) and 13th in the FCS for fewest penalty yards per game (38.0).
• 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).
MORE ABOUT NO. 500
Below are some of the other milestone win for the Mocs over the years. Each one of these have taken place in Chattanooga, with four coming at historic Chamberlain Field.
No. 1 - 17-0 vs. Athens in Chattanooga - Oct. 29, 1904
No. 100 - 48-0 vs. Union in Chattanooga - Nov. 28, 1929
No. 200 - 23-6 vs. Memphis State in Chattanooga - Oct. 17, 1952
No. 300 - 26-21 vs. ETSU in Chattanooga - Nov. 24, 1973
No. 400 - 22-3 vs. ETSU in Chattanooga - Oct. 6, 1990
MOCS GETTING IT DONE ON THE GROUND
UTC has posted six straight games with at least 200 rushing yards. The last time the Mocs had a streak like this was an eight-game run in the last six of 1991 and the first two of 1992. This streak includes 223 at Elon, 218 vs. Furman, 209 against Western Carolina, 239 at Georgia Southern, 270 against Austin Peay and a season-high 401 at Georgia State.
COACH HUESMAN CLIMBING THE COACHING RANKS
Coach Huesman needs one more win to tie his former coach, Bill Oliver (1980-83), for fourth on the Mocs all-time coaching win list. Huesman is currently 28-23 in his fifth season, while Oliver went 29-14-1 in four seasons as coach of the Mocs.
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 (16.7 ppg), total defense (301.6 ypg) and pass defense (145.6). However, not one of UTC’s defenders is in the top 17 in the SoCon in tackles. Senior Wes Dothard is No. 18 in the league with 7.1 stops per game.
DOTHARD MOVING INTO THE DEFENSIVE RECORDS
Thanks to a season-high 13-tackle effort at Elon, senior linebacker Wes Dothard earned his fourth career SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honor. That ties him with Junior Jackson (1986-89) for the most weekly defensive honors by a Moc from the league in school history. He is also about to move into the top-10 in all-time tackles. He currently has 264 career stops and needs 13 more to pass Troy Boeck (1987-90) for ninth all-time at UTC.
Jacob Huesman is putting up some impressive numbers at quarterback this season. The sophomore captain leads the SoCon and is No. 7 in the nation with a 67.4 completion % (95-141). He is third in the league with a 144.0 pass efficiency rating. He is second in the SoCon and No. 28 in the nation in points responsible for with 11 TD passes and six rushing scores. His 11 TD throws are tied for second in the SoCon. He is also fourth in the league in total offense (214.7), ninth in rushing (79.0) and fifth in passing (135.7).
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 (2,662) before the end of the season. He also topped 1,000 career rushing yards (1,457) against Georgia State.
TULL SETS UTC ALL-TIME SACK RECORD
After a statistically slow start to the season, junior defensive end Davis Tull has spotted 4.5 sacks in the last two games. He one sack last week at Elon gave him 24.0 for his career, passing former teammate Josh Williams (2009-12) for the Mocs all-time record. Tull, the preseason SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and Buck Buchanan Award candidate is currently second in the SoCon and No. 11 in the FCS with 6.5 sacks on the year.
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 sixth among active players in the FCS with 11 interceptions. Senior LB Wes Dothard and junior DL Davis Tull are both No. 3 nationally with seven forced fumbles in their careers. Dothard is also No. 9 among active FCS player with 7.03 tackles per game. Tull is No. 5 in career sacks (24.0) and No. 7 TFLs per game (1.24).
WILLIAMS RUNNING STRONG
Junior running back Keon Williams has twice been named the league’s offensive player of the week this season. He is second in the league with 98.1 rushing yards per game and second in the SoCon with nine rushing TDs. He has five 100-yard games this season, including last week’s 118 yards on a career-high 25 carries at Elon. He is currently second in the league with 5.9 yards per carry.
POLLARD CLIMBING SCORING LIST
Junior PK Nick Pollard is No. 6 on the Mocs all-time scoring list with 156 career points. He needs seven more to pass Cos DeMatteo (1998-01) for fifth. He is also fourth all-time in career PATs with 90. He needs 6 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 17 times this season. That is the second fewest in the SoCon. Of those 17 trips, only eight have been TDs, which is tied for the fewest in the SoCon.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE CITADEL
• The Citadel is No. 3 in the SoCon and No. 8 in the FCS with 267 yards of rushing offense per game.
• The Bulldogs lead the nation in fewest penalties (2.71) and fewest penalty yards (22.60 per game.
• The Citadel leads the nation with just three sacks allowed and is No. 2 in the country with just two INTs thrown.
• Head coach Kevin Higgins holds a record of 40-56 at The Citadel and is 96-81-1 in the midst of his 16th season overall. With 40 victories, he is in sole possession of fourth place among the 23 coaches in Citadel history and needs just one more to tie Carl Prause.
• The Bulldogs are next to last (121st) in the FCS in passing yards per game (95.4).
• Ben Dupree’s 11 rushing TDs lead the SoCon and are No. 7 in the FCS. He also leads the SoCon and is No. 15 in the nation in scoring (9.4).
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE CITADEL SERIES
• The Mocs have faced The Citadel 46 times, more than any other opponent.
• UTC holds a 27-17-2 advantage in the rivalry that dates back to 1926.
• The Mocs are 16-6-1 at home and 4-3 in Finley Stadium.
• The Mocs have won three of four in the series.
• These two teams are 4-4 in the last eight meetings.
COACH HUESMAN AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 28-23 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 26-18 against FCS teams with 13 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including eight in the top-10. He is 20-16 in SoCon action, including 10-8 at home. He has a 3-1 record against .
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 ELON - OCT. 19
• The Mocs improve to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in SoCon action with today’s 20-9 win at Elon. • UTC has held its last two opponents without a touchdown, including last week’s 31-9 win against Furman on Homecoming. It is the first time UTC has held back-to-back opponents without a TD since ETSU (22-3) and The Citadel (7-6) on Oct. 6 and 13, 1990.
• Chattanooga ran for 223 yards in the game … its sixth consecutive game with 200+ rushing yards. Longest streak since posting eight in a row in 1991 and 1992.
• Today was win No. 499 for the UTC football program. This is the 106th season of UTC football and the Mocs have an all-time record of 499-505-35 (.497).
• The Mocs limited Elon to 56 yards rushing on 20 carries. It broke a string of four-straight games in which the Phoenix eclipsed 100 yards on the ground.
• Elon held a 3-0 lead following a John Gallagher 19-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Mocs lost the other two games this season when the opponent scored first (UT Martin & Georgia Southern). Chattanooga is 10-16 when its opponent scores first under head coach Russ Huesman.
• Chattanooga was shutout in the first quarter for the second time this season (UT Martin) … Keon Williams scored on a 4-yard TD run on the first play of the second quarter.
• The Mocs were just four of 12 on third-down conversions…UTC came into the game No. 6 in the nation on third-down conversions (51%).
• UTC allowed 237 passing yards…it is just the second time this season the Mocs have allowed more than 200 yards passing. Chattanooga was No. 3 in the nation in pass defense (130.3) coming into the game.
• Elon had 89 yards of offense in the second half.
• Wes Dothard – Sr.-LB - Season-high and game-high 13 tackles ... first game with 10+ tackles this season…10th of his career ... added a PBU.
• Tommy Hudson – Jr.-WR - Season-high six catches ... 36 receiving yards.
• Zach McCarter – Jr.-DB - Career-high nine tackles.
• Nick Pollard – Jr.-K - 2-2 on field goals…3-4 this season…all in the last two games ... 2-2 on PATs…30-30 this season ... passed Joe Burke (1977-80) for sixth on the Mocs all-time scoring list with 156 career points.
• Davis Tull – Jr.-DE - Set the UTC all-time sack record in the fourth quarter ... passes former teammate Josh Williams (2009-12) with 24 in 29 games. Williams posted 23.5 in his four-year career ... forced a fumble and added two QBHs.
• Keon Williams – Jr.-RB - Ran a career-high 24 times for 118 yards and two TDs ... third-straight game with 100 yards rushing…fifth in last six games…fifth this season and sixth of his career ... more rushing yards this season (687) than he had in the previous two combined (655).
• Kadeem Wise – Sr.-DB - Tied a career-high with nine tackles ... added a PBU.
GAME NOTES AT NO. 11 THE CITADEL - SEPT. 29, 2012
• The Mocs improved to 2-3 overall with a 28-10 at No. 11 The Citadel...UTC was 1-1 in SoCon play while the Bulldogs dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in league action after the game.
• Biggest road win for the Mocs since a 30-9 victory at No. 10 Appalachian State on Oct. 8, 1983.
• 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 254 rushing yards on 49 attempts.
• UTC won the turnover battle 2-0 with a fumble recovery and an interception.
• The Citadel came into the game ranked No. 5 in the nation with 327 rushing yards per game...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 improved to 15-2 when scoring 28+ points in the Huesman era.
• 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.
• Kendrix Huitt (Fr. - RB) - 57 yards on eight carries in first significant action ... first career touchdown.
• D.J. Key (Jr. - DB) - Tied a then-career-high with a game-high 12 tackles.
• 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 rush ing 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
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.