CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga Mocs (4-2/2-1) powered their way to a 31-9 Homecoming win over Furman (2-4/1-2) Saturday evening. It was a dominant performance on defense, while the rushing maintained its string of 200-yard efforts.
“Our stops were huge,” Head Coach Russ Huesman said. “We threw the one pick, but we still held them to a field goal. Then we fumbled the kickoff and held them to another field goal. That was a great defensive effort.
Keon Williams (Chattanooga) and Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga) combined for 173 yards on the ground with three scores. Williams continued his power run through the Southern Conference with 101 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. It’s his fourth 100-yard game in his last five outings.
“I knew he was capable of doing this stuff,” Coach Huesman stated. “I just wanted to see if he could do it consistently week-in and week-out. I’m awfully proud of him. He’s a load out there.”
Jacob Huesman found the end zone twice with 73 yards on 19 carries. The Mocs’ 218 rushing yards mark five straight games topping 200 yards, a first since 2005.
As impressive as the rushing attack was, the defense topped it. It limited the Paladins to 189 yards of offense for the night including a mere 3.4 yards per play.
It started with UTC scoring on two of its first three drives, while just missing a third touchdown turning the ball over on downs at the one. Huesman from 12 yards and Kendrix Huitt (Atlanta, Ga.) from three made it 14-0. As dominant as the first quarter was for the Mocs, Furman was opportunistic in the second.
The Paladins scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the lead to 14-6. The first came off an interception, while the second drive was almost as immediate as the first as the kick team recovered a fumble on the return.
Chattanooga scored 10 points on the first two drives of the second half for a 24-6 advantage. Furman’s Ray Early kicked his third field goal late in the third quarter to get within 24-9, but the Mocs held strong. Early was three-for-three on field goal attempts making them from 50, 31 and 43 yards out.
Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had a late interception he returned 31 yards to the Furman 14. Five plays later, Williams put the exclamation point on the Homecoming triumph.
“We knew this would be a hard game going in, but I think our guys played hard, played well and we’re awfully proud of them,” Huesman continued. “We had some big standout performances. I think we came out in the second half and played pretty error free.”
The Mocs sacked Furman six times with Davis Tull (Knoxville, Tenn.) getting a career-high 3.5 sacks. He now has 23 in his career, one-half sack behind former teammate Josh Williams’ (2009-12) school record. The defensive effort was big as Chattanooga is the first team to hold Furman without a touchdown since 2003 (Wofford 7-6).
The Paladins also received strong play defensively. Carl Rider had a game-high 16 tackles with two sacks. T.J. Warren added 11 stops with a fumble recovery. Furman tallied all three takeaways in the second quarter slowing the Mocs’ fast start.
Marcus Anderson and Hank McCloud were offensive bright spots. The duo posted 134 yards on 26 carries with 72 and 62, respectively.
It’s back to the road for the Mocs next week. The squad heads east to Elon for a 1:30 p.m., kickoff. Go to GoMocs.com football schedule page for links to video, live stats and more.
Play - Quarter/Time/Score
UTC – Jacob Huesman 12 yard Rush (Nick Pollard Kick) - 1/9:49/7-0
Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:11
Key Play(s): 3/1/V26 – Huesman shuffle pass to Terrell Robinson nets 5 yards
UTC – Kendrix Huitt 3 yard Rush (Pollard Kick) - 2/13:29/14-0
Drive: 5 plays, 36 yards, 1:21
Key Play(s): 2/9/V35 – Huesman runs 13 yards on QB draw
FUR – Ray Early 50 yard Field Goal- 2/7:04/14-3
Drive: 10 plays, 21 yards, 4:00
Key Play(s): 4/1/H45 – Hank McCloud runs five yards
FUR – Ray Early 31 yard Field Goal- 2/2:01/14-6
Drive: 9 plays, 27 yards, 4:54
Key Play(s): 3/1/H32 – McCloud gets four yards
UTC – Pollard 35 yard Field Goal – 3/5:09/24-6
Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 0:55
Key Play(s): A.J. Hampton blocks Furman punt
FUR – Early 43 yard Field Goal – 3/2:05/24-9
Drive: 8 plays, 49 yards, 2:59
Key Play(s): 2/4/50 – Marcus Anderson runs for 20 yards