Chattanooga is 4-3 overall and riding a three-game winning streak after a 20-13 win over Samford last weekend. UTC is one of three teams in the SoCon with just one loss, holding a 3-1 record in league play.
Georgia Southern is ranked No. 2 in the nation in both major FCS polls and has a 6-1 overall record. The Eagles are 5-1 in SoCon action and their only loss was a 23-21 setback at The Citadel on Sept. 8. GSU is the highest ranked team to visit Finley Stadium since No. 2 Appalachian State in the 2008 season.
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 #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.
KIDS IN FREE!
The Mocs will be participating in the NCAA's "Take a Kid to the Game" (TAKG) promotion this weekend. Kids, ages fourteen and younger, will receive a free ticket with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket, to watch the Mocs take on the Eagles. This offer is only good on gameday at Finley Stadium.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE
UTC will be holding a canned food drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Fans who bring three canned food items to the game will receive a voucher to purchase a general admission ticket at the discounted rate of $8.
RADIO & ONLINE BROADCAST
Fans can catch the game on the radio on the Mocs Sports Network. The flagship station is ESPN Radio 105.1 FM in Chattanooga. 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. Live streaming of MocsVision video is available on GoMocs.com.
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 492-501-35 (.496) and have won 10 conference titles.
COACHES AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 21-19 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 previous three years combined. The Mocs are 1-2 against Georgia Southern under Huesman.
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.
Since taking over the Georgia Southern football team prior to the start of the 2010 season, Head Coach Jeff Monken has put the Eagles back on the national scene with back-to-back FCS Semifinal Appearances and a Southern Conference Championship in just his two years at the helm. Monken holds a 27-9 career record in three seasons in charge of the program. Since taking over the Eagles, he has led them to the second most wins in the FCS and they are the only team to play in the last two FCS semifinals. The Joliet, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree from Millikin in 1989, where he played wide receiver for four years and was also a two-time letterwinner in track. In 1991, Monken earned his master's degree from Hawaii.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
- The Mocs are seventh in the nation in total defense, allowing 293.9 yards per game ... that is good for No. 2 in the Southern Conference behind Georgia Southern (274.7).
- UTC has held its last three opponents to 13 points or less ... first time the Mocs have held three-straight opponents to one TD in a game since 2009 ... the Mocs have not held four-straight opponents to just one TD since 1966.
- Chattanooga is No. 14 in the nation and No. 3 in the SoCon in scoring defense (18.3 ppg).
- UTC is No. 15 in the nation in third-down defense (31.1%).
- Chattanooga leads the SoCon and is No. 4 in the nation in Time of Possession (34:03).
- UTC is No. 17 in the nation and No. 2 in the SoCon in rushing defense, allowing just 113 yds/gm.
- Sophomore DE Davis Tull leads the SoCon and is tied for No. 4 in the nation with 8.0 sacks ... he also leads the SoCon with 9.5 TFLs.
- Tull also leads the SoCon and is tied for No. 3 in the nation with three forced fumbles.
- Freshman QB Jacob Huesman has a UTC freshman record 107 completions on the year ... his nine TD passes are No. 2 on the Mocs' all-time freshman list. He needs five more to pass Kenyon Earl (1991) for the top spot on that list.
- Sophomore K/P Nick Pollard is No. 3 in the SoCon and No. 18 in the nation, averaging 42.5 yards per punt. He is using the same rugby-style punting as Joel Bradford did last year.
- Chattanooga is No. 16 in the nation and second in the SoCon with a 38.0 net punting average.
- The Mocs are No. 19 in the nation in turnover margin ... UTC has only turned the ball over five times this season (2 fumbles & 3 INTs) ... the Mocs have not turned the ball over in any of the last three games.
- Two-time All-SoCon defensive back Kadeem Wise has nine career interceptions and is tied for No. 6 all-time at UTC with - among others - head coach Russ Huesman (1978-81).
- 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 ... 13 starters on the current two-deep are sophomores and freshmen.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT GEORGIA SOUTHERN
- Georgia Southern is No. 2 in the nation in rushing offense (389.3 yds/game), trailing only SoCon counterpart Wofford (408.3).
- The Eagles are No. 16 in the nation in total offense (442.4 yds/game) and No. 19 in scoring offense (34.2 ppg).
- Georgia Southern is No. 2 in the country in total defense (274.7 yds/game) and No. 4 in the nation in scoring defense (14.4 ppg).
- Georgia Southern is the only team to go to the last two FCS semifinal games.
- Sophomore RB Dominique Swope is tied for No. 3 in the nation in scoring (10.6 ppg)...he has 12 rushing TDs and is No. 3 in the SoCon with 104.1 rushing yards per game.
- Senior DL Brent Russell is the preseason SoCon Defensive Player of the Year ... he is No. 3 in the league with 7.0 TFLs.
- Georgia Southern is last in the SoCon in passing offense (53.1 yds/game), but has only attempts 18 passes on the season...four TDs and three INTs.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE GEORGIA SOUTHERN-UTC GAME
- This could be a defensive battle with neither team allowing more than 20 points per game. GSU is No. 2 in the country in total defense (274.7 yds/game) and No. 4 in scoring defense (14.4 ppg) while the Mocs are No. 7 in total defense (293.9 yds/game) and No. 14 in scoring defense at (18.3 ppg).
- UTC is No. 2 in the SoCon in rushing defense (113.7 ppg), and will be put to the test against GSU's No. 2 ranked rushing offense (389.3 yds/game).
- Georgia Southern is second in the SoCon with 17 sacks while the Mocs are last in the league with 19 sacks allowed.
- The Eagles are No. 2 in the SoCon in scoring at 34.3 ppg, while the Mocs are last in the league at 24.0 ppg.
- These two teams allow the fewest first downs in the SoCon. Georgia Southern leads with 14.3, while UTC is second at 15.0 per game.
- The Mocs have turned the ball over the fewest times in the SoCon (5), while the Eagles have the second-most TOs (13 - 10 fumbles & 3 INTs).
UTC-GEORGIA SOUTHERN CONNECTIONS
- Mocs freshman OL Robert Hill is a graduate of Buford High School in Buford, Ga., also with Eagles sophomore RB Dominique Swope, freshman RB Seon Jones and freshman FL Dequan Clark.
- UTC sophomore WR Tommy Hudson and GSU sophomore LB Quaun Daniels were teammates at Colguitt County HS in Moultrie, Ga.
- Mocs senior J.J. Jackson and Eagles sophomore Oliver Kraemer are both graduates of Walton HS in Marietta, Ga.
- UTC sophomore RB Kendrix Huitt attended Norcross HS in Norcross, Ga., along with GSU's senior DE Dion DuBose and sophomore OL Raymond Klugey.
- Mocs senior DE Josh Williams and Georgia Southern senior LB John Stevenson are both graduates of Stephenson HS in Stone Mountain, Ga.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE GEORGIA SOUTHERN SERIES
- This is the 26th meeting in the series that has historically been owned by Georgia Southern...dating back to 1984, UTC is just 4-21 against the Eagles...the two teams have split the last six meetings.
- The Mocs have won two of the last three in Chattanooga.
- UTC is 3-9 at home overall.
CHATTANOOGA 20 VS. SAMFORD 13 - OCT. 20, 2012
- Both teams combined for 155 yards of total offense in the first half...UTC 90 and Samford 65.
- There was only one turnover in the game tonight, an INT by UTC linebacker Gunner Miller...Samford came into the game tied for the league lead in takeaways with 15 (10 INTs & 5 FR)...Mocs came into the game leading the SoCon in fewest turnovers with 5 (2 fumbles and 3 INTs).
- UTC has not turned the ball over for three consecutive games...it is the second time the Mocs have gone three consecutive games without a turnover in the Russ Huesman era (Presbyterian, Wofford & Samford in 2009).
- Samford's fourth quarter TD was its first against the Mocs since the third quarter of the 2010 game in Finley Stadium.
- The Mocs have allowed just one TD in each of the last three games...it is the second time that has happened in the Huesman era, also against Presbyterian (29-13), Wofford (38-9) and Samford (14-7) in 2009.
- Samford's Cameron Yaw connected on a 52-yard FG at the end of the first half...longest in the SoCon this season...it is the longest on record against the Mocs.
- The Mocs allowed 34 points to Appalachian State in the SoCon opener on Sept. 22...since then, UTC has only allowed 33 points in three games.
- UTC held Samford to 111 yards on 32 plays in the first three quarters...the Bulldogs racked up 148 yards on 35 plays in the fourth quarter alone.
- UTC held Samford to a season-low 259 yards of total offense.
- Wes Dothard (LB - Jr.) - Buck Buchanan Award Candidate - Team-high 11 tackles ... second game this season with 10+ tackles...seventh of his career ... also added a PBU.
- Jacob Huesman (Fr. - QB) - 19-25 passing for 168 yards and one TD ... pass to J.J. Jackson for 35 yards in the third quarter was his 100th completion of the season...UTC freshman record...he is 106-157 with nine TDs and 1,039 yards on the year.
- Sema'je Kendall (DB - Fr.) - Season-high six tackles ... PBU on the final play of the game ... leads the team and is No. 2 in the SoCon with seven passes defended.
- Gunner Miller (LB - Jr.) - 2nd INT of the season in the second quarter...third of his career ... finished with six tackles.
- Chaz Moore (DB - Jr.) - Career-high eight tackles.
- Nick Pollard (P/K - So.) - Averaged 44.5 yards per punt on six attempts ... pinned Samford inside the 20 four times ... 49-yard punt late in the 4th quarter flipped the field and allowed the Mocs to hold on for the win ... 2-2 on FGs (29 & 36)...6-10 on FGs this season...11-12 from inside 30 yards for his career.
- Zack Rayl (DE - So.) - Career-high five tackles ... recorded a sack and another 1.5 TFLs.
- Terrell Robinson (QB - So.) - Season-high nine receptions for 65 yards ... 5-6 passing for 15 yards ... 17 catches last two games.
- Davis Tull (DE - So.) - Finished with five solo tackles, including two sacks ... leads the SoCon with 8.0 sacks ... leads the SoCon with 9.5 TFLs.
NO. 1 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 28, NO. 23 CHATTANOOGA 27 - OCT. 8, 2011
- The Eagles came into the game with the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation at 46.5 ppg...the Mocs held GSU to a season-low 28 points.
- Chattanooga's Walter Payton Award Candidate QB B.J. Coleman left the game in the second quarter with an injured shoulder. RFr Terrell Robinson took over for the rest of that possession that ended with a fumbled snap. Sophomore Graham Nichols took the next series that ended with a three-and-out. Robinson controlled the offense the rest of the way.
- Georgia Southern came into the game with the No. 2 ranked rushing defense in the nation, allowing just 57.0 yards per game. The Mocs were No. 100 in the nation in rushing offense, averaging just 92.0 yards per game. Chattanooga racked up a season-high 238 yards on 52 carries. That is 10 yards more than the total GSU had allowed this season. UTC had rushed for a total of 188 in the previous three games.
- The Eagles came into the game No. 3 in the nation in total offense, averaging 498 yards per game...UTC held GSU to 383 yards.
- 238 rushing yards for the Mocs is the most since posting 262 against No. 6 Appalachian State on Nov. 16, 2007.
- The Mocs 87 yards passing is the fewest since posting 36 at Alabama in 2009...fewest against an FCS opponent since gaining 56 at No. 3 Elon on Oct. 18, 2008.
- UTC's second scoring drive was seven plays (all runs) for 76 yards, capped by a 20-yard TD run from junior J.J. Jackson. The other 56 yards were gained on the ground by freshmen (Robinson - 30, M. Green - 11, Tyson - 15).
- Chattanooga's third scoring drive went for 16 plays and 80-yards in 6:05, capped by an 11-yard Terrell Robinson run. The 16 plays and 6:05 were both season-highs for the Mocs. 16 plays tied for the third longest drive in terms of number of plays in the Huesman era.
- The Mocs are now 2-10 all-time against No. 1.
- After going 6-8 on third downs in the first half...GSU managed just 1-5 in the second half...UTC came into the game leading the conference and No. 17 in the nation in opponent third-down conversion (29.7%).
- Of the Mocs 325 yards of total offense, 183 (56%) were gained by freshmen.
- QB - B.J. Coleman - SR - 2-5 for 25 yards ... knocked out in the second quarter (shoulder) and did not return.
- WR - Joel Bradford - SR - Four catches for 56 yards ... took over the punting duties...first kick was a 53-yarder (all roll) downed inside the GSU 10...finished with three kicks for 48.3 average ... converted a fake punt in the fourth quarter on a 4th and eight from the UTC 36...kept the drive alive that tied the game at 21.
- LB - Ryan Consiglio - SR - Game-high 12 tackles ... third-straight game with 10+ tackles...fourth of the season...13th of his career ... recovered a fumble on the opening drive...first of the year...fourth of his career.
- RB - J.J. Jackson - JR - Season-high 56 yards on a season-high 11 carries ... first TD of the year...fourth of his career.
- DB - D.J. Key - SO - Tied a season-high with 11 tackles ... fourth game of his career with 10+ tackles.
- DB - Chris Lewis-Harris - SR - Forced fumble on the opening possession...first of the year...second of his career ... finished with three tackles.
- QB - Terrell Robinson - FR - Replaced Coleman at quarterback ... completed his first three passes and finished 5-9 for 62 yards ... ran 21 times for 114 yards and three TDs ... first Moc with three rushing TDs since Eldra Buckley had three against Tennessee Tech on Aug. 31, 2006 ... first 100-yard rusher for the Mocs this season...first 100-yard rusher allowed by GSU this season.
Of the 2,377 yards of total offense produced by the Mocs this season, all but 246 yards were put up by sophomores and freshmen. That means that underclassmen account for roughly 90% of the Mocs offense. 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 13 sophomores and freshmen who are listed as starters on the two-deep, including nine on offense, three on defense and two specialists.
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.
ROBINSON IS EVERYWHERE
Sophomore QB Terrell Robinson has shown off his versatility in the last three games, scoring four TDs and throwing for another. He had 97 rushing yards and a score on 22 carries to go with 4-5 passing for 73 yards and a TD at The Citadel. He got the start at QB against Furman and was 7-10 passing for 86 yards. He also had eight catches for 81 yards and two TDs while running four times for 29 yards and another score against the Paladins. Robinson is currently second on the team in scoring with five TDs (3 rec, 2 rush) and has thrown for two more TDs.
HUESMAN IMPRESSIVE AT QB
Freshman QB Jacob Huesman put up some impressive numbers this season. He has already set the UTC freshman record for completions and is 107-159 with nine TDs and three INTs. He is four TDs shy of the UTC freshman mark and is third with 1,040 passing yards.
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, and the most ever by a UTC freshman.
He is currently No. 3 in the SoCon with a 138.2 pass efficiency rating and fourth in the league with 209.4 yards of total offense per game. He leads the team with 61 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.
Huesman was named the SoCon Freshman of the Week after putting up strong numbers in a 31-10 win at Furman on Oct. 13. He actually started at receiver where he caught three passes for 32 yards. He played most of his snaps under center and was 18-23 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 22 times for 59 yards in the win. Against Samford, Huesman was 19-25 passing for 165 yards and one TD. He arnfor 64 yards on 23 carries and caught one pass for six yards.
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 currently leads the team with 51 tackles, including four 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 22.5 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 37 of 39 games in his career. He recorded his first sack at Furman and has 14 tackles, three 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 nine 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 sixth on the team with 35 tackles. He was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week after logging eight tackles and a pick at The Citadel on Sept. 29.
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 6-10 on FGs and 19-20 on PATs. He is also handling the punting duties and is No. 18 in the nation with 42.5-yard average per kick.
TULL ON A TEAR
Sophomore DE Davis Tull has four sacks in his last two games and is leading the SoCon with 8.0 on the year. He is tied for No. 4 in the nation in sacks and leads the SoCon with 9.5 TFLs. He is third in the country in forced fumbles and leads the team with six QBHs. His recent play has put him No. 4 on UTC's career sack list with 13.0. Teammate Josh Williams leads that category with 22.5 and counting. Tull is threatening UTC's single-season sack record of 12.0 set by Tyler Unzicker in 2001 and matched by Josh Beard in 2009.