Chattanooga Mocs Football Postgame Notes
No. 15 Wofford at No. 23 Chattanooga
Finley Stadium – Chattanooga, Tenn.
Saturday – Nov. 9, 2013
- The Chattanooga Mocs clinched a share of the Southern Conference title for the first time since 1984 with a 20-10 win over Wofford today. The Mocs improve to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in SoCon action. Wofford falls to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in league play.
- Mocs must win next week at Samford (6-4, 4-2 SoCon) to clinch the SoCon title outright and secure the automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. UTC has only made one other trip to the FCS playoffs (1984) in school history.
- This is the first eight-win season at UTC since 1980, when head coach Russ Huesman was a junior defensive back
- This is the first time in school history the Mocs have posted six wins in SoCon play…UTC joined the league in 1977.
- This is the first six-game winning streak overall since 1977.
- Chattanooga came into the game No. 8 in the FCS in scoring defense (18.8)…the Mocs have now held four teams to 10 points or less this season…first time since 1998.
- Mocs snap a three-game slide to the Terriers…UTC is 9-11 in the all-time series, 7-4 at home.
- On the opening drive of the second half, Wofford’s Will Gay connected with receiver Will Irvin on a 60-yard halfback pass. It was the longest pass play allowed by UTC this season.
- There were no penalties in the first half by either team. UTC ended the game with one flag (pass interference) for 15 yards. The Mocs came into the game No. 3 in the nation in fewest penalty yards (31.7) and No. 5 in fewest penalties (3.89).
- Chattanooga improves to 6-13 against ranked opponents in the Russ Huesman era.
- The Mocs won the turnover battle today 4-1 today…three of the last four drives ended in turnovers for Wofford.
- UTC outrushed Wofford’s triple-option attack 233-172. The Mocs are 7-0 when outrushing their opponent…25-3 in the Huesman era (since 2009).
- Chattanooga ran for more than 200 yards for the eighth time this season. The last time that happened was 1991. UTC's 2,352 yards on the ground this season are the most since posting 2,364 in 1991.
- The Mocs are undefeated at home in conference play (4-0) for the first time since 1983.
- Chattanooga is 15-0 when allowing less than 14 points in the Russ Huesman era (since 2009).
- UTC is 24-6 when leading after the third quarter in the Huesman era (since 2009).
Wes Dothard – Sr.-LB
- Nine tackles.
- 2.5 TFLs
- Third INT of his career.
Derrick Craine – Fr.-RB
- Season-high nine carries for 46 yards.
Jacob Huesman – So.-QB
- 100 yards rushing and passing for the second-straight game…sixth of his career.
- 116 yards and a TD on 18 carries.
- 15-23 passing for 151 yards.
- 3,084 career passing yards passes Stan Nix (1987-90) for No. 10 all-time at UTC...he has 4,884 yards of total offense.
- Ninth rushing TD of the season.
Nakevion Leslie – Fr.-DB
- Game-high and career-high 14 tackles.
- Posted a sack and another ½ TFL.
Nick Pollard – Jr.-P/K
- 78-yard punt in the second quarter was the 4th longest in school history…longest since a 79-yarder by Pumpy Tudors against Appalachian State (10/28/98)…longest punt in the SoCon this season.
- Finished with a 54.7 yard average on three kicks...that's a school record for a game passing Tudors' 54.3 against App State (10/28/89).
- Went 2-3 on field goals, including a career-long 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Daniel Ring – So.-DL
- Tied a career-high with six tackles.
- TFL and recovered a fumble.
Faysal Shafaat – Jr.-TE
- Season-high five catches for 41 yards.
Davis Tull – Jr.-DE
- Three tackles, including a ½ sack.
- Forced his fourth fumble of the season.
- Extended his UTC career record for sacks to 26.5.
Dee Virgin – Fr.-DB
- Second INT of the season…great one-handed grab.
- Added four tackles…TFL.