The Mocs are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to Appalachian State. The outcome of the last three games in the series has gone down to the wire with the last two decided by a total of three points. The Mocs have either held a fourth quarter lead or been within in a point in the last frame in each of the last three games against ASU. UTC is 7-10 at home all-time against ASU, but just 2-5 in Finley Stadium.
The last time ASU visited the Scenic City, 15,235 fans spun the turnstiles at Finley, the third-largest crowd in stadium history. Another big crowd is expected Saturday for the annual Homecoming festivities. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets early by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627) or online on GoMocs.com.
Remember to use the promo code #gomocs12 to get print-at-home $8 general admission tickets. This $8 offer is available online only. In addition to the regular business hours of the UTC Ticket Office at McKenzie Arena, the St. Elmo ticket window at Finley Stadium will open from Noon-5:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) on Friday.
Fans can catch the game on the radio on the Mocs Sports Network. The flagship station is ESPN Radio 105.1 FM in Chattanooga. A live video stream of the game is available on MocsVision on GoMocs.com. 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 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 175 is the sponsor for this week's Homecoming game against Appalachian State.
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 489-500-35 (.494) and have won 10 conference titles.
COACHES AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 18-18 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 three previous year combined. The Mocs are 0-3 against Appalachian State under Huesman.
Prior to his return to Chattanooga, Huesman spent the previous 25 years building a reputation as one of the top defensive-minded assistant coaches in the country, as he spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Richmond before joining UTC. He also coached at Memphis (1998-2003) and spent 14 years at Williams & Mary, 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.
Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore is 235-133-2 (.639) in 31 seasons as a head coach, which includes stints at North Texas (1979-80), Texas Tech (1981-85) and Appalachian State (1989-present). Moore is in his 24th season at the helm of the Mountaineers, where he has amassed a 208-85 (.711) record. Moore is one of only 35 coaches in NCAA Division I history with 200 career victories. With the Sept. 8 win over Montana, Moore moved past legendary Miami University and Michigan coach Bo Schembechler into 17th place on the NCAA Division I wins list. Moore is 21-2, all at ASU, all-time against UTC.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
- The Mocs are receiving votes in the Sports Network Top-25.
- Junior Chaz Moore is currently No. 7 in the nation in KOR. He is averaging 32.8 yards per return, including a career-long 48 yarder at Jacksonville State.
- Sophomore DE Davis Tull leads the SoCon and is T11th in the nation with 3.0 sacks.
- Chattanooga is No. 2 in the SoCon and 12th in the nation in total defense, allowing just 272 yards per game.
- 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 ... 14 starters on the current two-deep are sophomores and freshmen.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN STATE SERIES
- This is the 36th meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back to 1977 when the Mocs joined the Southern Conference.
- ASU leads the series 25-10 and has won 24 of the last 27 meetings, including seven in a row.
- UTC is 2-5 against the Mountaineers in Finley Stadium.
- The last Mocs win was a 59-56 barn-burner in Finley Stadium on Oct. 30, 2004.
- This is the eight-straight year the Mocs have faced a ranked Appalachian State team.
- The Mocs have led or been within a point in the fourth quarter in each of the last three meetings with Appalachian State.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT APPALACHIAN STATE
- ASU is ranked No. 17 in the Sports Network FCS Top-25 and No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
- The Mountaineers lost their opener at ECU on Sept. 1. They defeated No. 9 Montana 35-27 in week 2 and fell to No. 21 The Citadel 52-28 last week.
- The 24-point loss was Appalachian State's largest margin of defeat at the hands of an NCAA Division I FCS opponent since a 54-7 loss to Georgia Southern on Oct. 16, 2004.
- Appalachian State is 1-2 overall for the third time in five seasons. The previous two times (2008 and 2009), Appalachian went on to win the Southern Conference championship, advancing to the NCAA Division I Football Championship quarterfinals in 2008 and national semifinals in 2009.
- ASU linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough leads the SoCon and is T3rd in the nation with 13.7 tackles per game.
- Mountaineer punter Sam Martin leads the SoCon and is No. 8 in the nation with 44.5 yards per kick.
- ASU QB Jamal Jackson leads the SoCon and is No. 12 in the nation in total offense with 292 yards per game.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE ASU GAME
- In 35 years in the Southern Conference, the Mocs have won their league opener only 12 times ... UTC is 6-9 when opening SoCon play at home, 6-14 on the road.
- Chattanooga is just 1-6 when opening SoCon play at Finley Stadium ... the lone win was a 27-26 victory over No. 19 Georgia Southern on Sept. 23, 2006.
- The Mocs have not won their SoCon opener since a 45-38 OT win at Georgia Southern on Sept. 22, 2007.
- ASU is the only SoCon team the Mocs have not beaten under head coach Russ Huesman.
- Chattanooga is 4-9 against ranked FCS teams under head coach Russ Huesman. The last win over a ranked foe was a 38-17 victory against No. 10 Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, 2011.
ASU junior TE Zac Baker (Tunnel Hill, Ga.) attended Northwest Whitfield High School, the same program that produced current Mocs Dean Haynes, Synjen Herren, Adam Miller and Dustin Tate. ASU freshman OL Derek Evans was a teammate of current Moc Taharin Tyson at Alcoa High School in Alcoa, Tenn.
CLOSE CALLS VS. APP STATE
The Mocs have either led or been within one point in the fourth quarter in each of the last three games against Appalachian State. In 2009, Craig Camay hit a FG with 10:43 left in the game to pull the Mocs to 21-20 before falling 35-20 to the seventh ranked Mountaineers. UTC led 35-14 with 14 minutes left in the 2010 contest before the third-ranked Mountaineers made a historic comeback to win 42-41. The Mocs missed a two-point conversion for the win with 52 seconds on the clock. Last year, UTC did not allow an offensive touchdown in a 14-12 loss. Chattanooga was down 7-6 in the fourth quarter before giving up a pick-6.
- UTC is 38-19-1 all-time on Homecoming.
- The Mocs have won three-straight Homecoming games, with two of those victories against ranked teams.
- UTC is 8-6 on Homecoming in Finley Stadium.
- Chattanooga is 0-6 all-time in Homecoming games against Appalachian State.
- The last time the Mocs hosted the Mountaineers for Homecoming was a 56-21 loss on Oct. 7, 2006.
MOCS TRYING TO HIT THE 400-YARD MARK AGAIN
UTC has put up 400 yards of total offense in each of the last two games, including 422 at No. 24 Jacksonville State and 477 against Glenville State. The last time the Mocs posted 400 or more yards in three straight games dates back to 2000. It was a four-game stretch in the middle of the season with 545 yards at Wofford (9/30/00), 544 vs. VMI (10/14/00), 562 at Western Carolina (10/21/00) and 465 vs. Appalachian State (10/28/00). UTC went 2-2 with wins over VMI and App State.
Of the 899 yards of total offense produced by the Mocs the last two games, all but 100 yards were put up by sophomores and freshmen. 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 14 sophomores and freshmen who are listed as starters on the two-deep, including nine on offense, three on defense and two specialists.
CHATTANOOGA 35, GLENVILLE STATE 0 - SEPT. 13, 2012
- The Mocs improve to 1-2 on the year with their first shutout since defeating Western Carolina 38-0 on Oct. 25, 2003.
- 80th game at Finley Stadium...UTC is 34-46 (.425) in its 15-year history of Finley Stadium.
- Each quarterback's first completion was to the other ... Huesman a 44-yard TD to Robinson ... Robinson a 10-yard gain to Huesman ... both in the first quarter.
- Glenville State had one yard of rushing in the first half.
- The Mocs defense only allowed 78 yards in the game ... it is the fewest yards allowed in a game since giving up 68 at VMI on Nov. 20, 1987.
- The Mocs have piled up 400+ yards in each of the last two games ... (477 yards tonight & 422 yards at Jacksonville State) ... it is the first time that has happened since totaling 568 at Furman (10/23) and 504 against Elon (10/30) in 2010.
- The Mocs had a balanced attack with 230 yards rushing and 247 yards passing ... it is the first time UTC has had 200 rushing and 200 passing since putting up 212 and 296 against No. 10 Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, 2011.
- Marquis Green (So. - RB) - Team high 59 yards rushing on nine carries ... 2 rushing TDs ... first multi-rush TD game of his career.
- Jacob Huesman (Fr. - QB) - 16-26 for 210 yards, two TDs and one INT ... rushed for 46 yards on seven carries.
- Terrell Robinson (So. - QB) - Started at receiver...caught a 44-yd TD pass from Huesman on the second play from scrimmage ... second career reception ... first was for one yard at Nebraska in 2011 ... finished with two catches for 52 yards ... 4-7 passing for 37 yards ... ran six times for 24 yards.
- Davis Tull (So. - DL) - Had two sacks in the game ... first multi-sack game of his career.
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.
He is currently No. 2 in the SoCon with a 136.13 pass efficiency rating and third in the league with 229 yards of total offense per game. He leads the team with 71 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 18 tackles, including two 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 34 of 36 games in his career. So far this season he has three 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 eight 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 16 tackles.
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 2-4 on FGs and 7-8 on PATs. He is also handling the punting duties and has a 40.1 yard average per kick.