Over 500 students and fans attended the bonfire on historic Chamberlain Field in the heart of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus tonight. The event was held to get the campus and community "Fired Up" for this weekend's football game against The Citadel.
The Mocs are currently 5-4 on the year with two games remaining. A win against The Citadel would clinch a winning record for UTC for the first time since 2005. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Finley Stadium.
The Cheerleaders, Sugar Mocs, UTC Band and numerous student-athletes were all there to show support for the entire athletics program. Keegan Bell, a sophomore guard on the men's basketball team, started the evening by encouraging the fans to attend the men's basketball game against Virginia Intermont on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the McKenzie Arena.
Bell also recognized the football team for its outstanding season and thanked the squad for the energy, enthusiasm and support its success has brought to the campus.
Head football coach Russ Huesman also addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support throughout the season. Huesman also encouraged everyone to come out one more time and help the Mocs get their sixth win of the year.
After the UTC Band played, senior members of the football team lit the bonfire that lasted over an hour on Chamberlain Field. Those in attendance were treated to complimentary hot dogs, sandwiches, chips and hot chocolate.
The Mocs are looking for another strong turnout at Finley Stadium for the final home game of the year. Chattanooga has a chance to average 10,000 per game for the first time since moving to Finley Stadium in 1997. If the Mocs get their sixth win of the year, it will equal the win total of the last three years combined and be the most since winning six games in 2005.
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