Chattanooga Football Game Notes
Austin Peay Governors (0-2, 0-0 OVC) at Chattanooga Mocs (1-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Saturday – Sept. 14, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)
Finley Stadium - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Radio: Mocs Sports Network – ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone (Flagship) – Jim Reynolds (pxp), Todd Agne (color), Will Poindexter (sideline)
Online: Live scoring, free audio and MocsVision Broadcast on GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team looks to make it two in a row when it hosts in-state foe Austin Peay this weekend. The Mocs take on the Governors on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 6:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) at Finley Stadium.
Chattanooga evened its record at 1-1 with last week’s convincing 42-14 win at FBS-opponent Georgia State. It was UTC’s first win over an upper-division program since 1984. APSU is 0-2, but both losses were to teams from the Southeastern Conference. The Govs fell to Tennessee (45-0) in the opening week and lost to Vanderbilt (38-3) on Saturday.
MOCS SPORTS NETWORK
The Mocs Sports Network broadcasts the game on ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds is in his 34th year as the play-by-play Voice of the Mocs. Todd Agne has provided the color commentary for the past 17 years, while Will Poindexter is back as the sideline reporter. A free audio stream of the game is available through MocsVision on GoMocs.com. MocsVision live video is also available on GoMocs.com.
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 #gomocs to get print-at-home $13 general admission tickets.
SOCIAL MEDIA NIGHT
The Austin Peay game is tabbed as Social Media Night at UTC. Fans are encouraged to take to their favorite social media platforms and promote the game all week long. Use the hashtag #GoMocs for the opportunity to participate in contests on and off the field, request songs for the pregame playlist and much more.
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.”
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
• The Mocs are No. 6 in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 271.5 rushing yards per game.
• As team, UTC is No. 19 in the FCS in pass efficiency with a 156.8 rating.
• Chattanooga is No. 11 in the nation for fewest penalty yards per game at 25.5.
• UTC leads the SoCon and is No. 14 in the nation in 3rd-down conversions (15-29 - 51.7%).
• Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman is first the in the SoCon and No. 29 in the FCS with 242.0 yards of total offense per game.
• The Mocs have only allowed seven points in the first half this season.
• Huesman is also No. 1 in the SoCon and No. 3 in the nation in points responsible for (5 TDs passing and two rushing).
• Junior TE Faysal Shafaat has four TDs in the first two weeks. He leads the SoCon and is No. 5 in the nation in scoring.
• Junior RB Keon Williams is second in the SoCon and No. 21 in the FCS with 93.5 rushing yards per game.
• Freshman C.J. Board leads the team with seven receptions through two games...he has 72 receiving yards.
• UTC is coming off a 6-5 record, its third winning season in the last four years. The last time the Mocs had three winning seasons in four years was 1984-87.
• UTC has five on various preseason All-American teams, including senior linebacker Wes Dothard, senior defensive back D.J. Key, senior defensive back Kadeem Wise, junior defensive end Davis Tull and junior tight end Faysal Shafaat.
• UTC is picked to finish third in the SoCon by the league’s coaches, the highest preseason prediction for the Mocs since 1991.
• Chattanooga had nine players named to the preseason All-SoCon teams, including five on the first team defense (Dothard, Key, Wise, Tull and senior defensive lineman Derrick Lott).
SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY
• Austin Peay is off to an 0-2 start, but has played two very tough opponents on the road. The Governors opened their 2013 campaign with a 45-0 loss at Tennessee. APSU followed that with a 38-3 loss at Vanderbilt last week.
• Austin Peay has not scored a touchdown of any type since the third quarter of the 2012 Tennessee Tech game, a stretch of 141:54 without a touchdown.
• Austin Peay has lost 18 consecutive road games dating back to the 2010 season.
• Austin Peay will play a school-record three FBS programs in 2013, including Tennessee, Vanderbilt and next weekend at Ohio (Sept. 21).
• The Governors open the season playing four straight non-conference road games–Tennessee (Aug. 31), Vanderbilt (Sept. 7), Chattanooga (Sept. 14) and Ohio (Sept. 21). After a week off, the Govs then will open Ohio Valley Conference play on the road at Eastern Kentucky, Oct. 5. The Govs’ first home game will be Oct. 12 against Eastern Illinois.
• Senior offensive tackle Ben Stansfield was named Preseason All-OVC in a vote of league
coaches and sports information directors.
• Austin Peay was picked ninth in the preseason OVC poll.
• Head coach Kirby Cannon is in his first season at Austin Peay. He is 35-87 in his career as a head coach that includes 11 seasons at Missouri S&T. He was a secondary coach for three years at Central Michigan before heading to APSU.
• Senior RB Tim Phillips leads the team with 52.5 rushing yards per game. He joined teammate Leron Eaddy and head coach Kirby Cannon in the move south from Central Michigan.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE AUSTIN PEAY GAME
• This is the fifth meeting between these two teams...UTC is 4-0 in the series.
• The is the first game in the series since 1968 and the first game in Chattanooga since 1967.
• This is the second OVC opponent for the Mocs in 2013. UTC lost to UT Martin 31-21 in the season-opener on Aug. 29.
COACH HUESMAN AT A GLANCE
Russ Huesman is 24-22 in his five years 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. Huesman is 21-17 against FCS teams with 12 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including eight in the top-10. He is 7-7 in non-conference action.
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.
GAME NOTES VS. GEORGIA STATE - SEPT. 7
• The Mocs score their first win over an FBS opponent since defeating Southwest Louisiana 9-7 on Sept. 1, 1984 in Chattanooga. It is the Mocs third win against an FBS team since the split in 1978. The other was also against SW Louisiana, 38-14 on Sept. 17, 1983, in Lafayette, La.
• UTC ran the ball 60 times for 401 yards and four TDs…it is the most rushing yards in a game for UTC since 404 in a 49-14 win over VMI on Oct. 15, 1994, on Chamberlain Field…the 60 attempts are the most since running the ball 60 times in a 34-14 win over Tennessee Tech on Sept. 7, 1991.
• UTC had 509 yards of total offense…topped the 500-yard mark for the first time since 508 against No. 10 Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, 2011…it is the most yards of total offense overall since posting 550 against Samford on Nov. 13, 2010.
• UTC’s defense only allowed 30 rushing yards ... it is the fewest allowed since giving up -7 against ETSU in a 33-10 win on Oct. 1, 1988.
• Derrick Craine – Fr. – RB - True freshman finished with 53 yards and a TD on six carries ... all numbers were in a single drive.
• Jacob Huesman – So. – QB - Ran 12 times for 84 yards and two TDs ... 3rd game with 2 rushing TDs in his career ... 9-13 passing for 84 yards and two TDs ... most combined TDs rushing and passing in his career.
• Derrick Lott – Sr. – DL - Career-high three QBH ... added three tackles.
• Faysal Shafaat – Jr. – TE - Two catches for 36 yards ... both were for TDs in the first half ... has four TDs in two games.
WILLIAMS NAMED SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior running back Keon Williams is the league’s offensive honoree after leading the Mocs to a 42-14 win at Georgia State on Saturday. Williams set the tone for the Mocs in the opening drive of the game. He had 49 yards and a touchdown on just five carries to give UTC a 7-0 lead early in the contest. He dominated the first half, finishing with 119 yards rushing in just 30 minutes of play. For the game, Williams ran for his second career 100-yard outing. He had the one score and a career-high 147 yards on 20 carries. The Chattanooga native averaged 7.4 yards per carry and is now No. 2 in the SoCon with 93.5 rushing yards per game. The Mocs finished with 401 yards on the ground against the Panthers. It was their most rushing yards in a game since posting 404 against VMI on Oct. 15, 1994.
HUESMAN OFF TO A HOT START
Sophomore QB Jacob Huesman is off to a fast start to the 2013 season. He is currently No. 1 in the SoCon with 242.0 yards of total offense per game. He is also third in passing at 154.7 passing yards per game, third in passing efficiency with a 154.7 rating and 4th in rushing at 87.0 yards per game.
Huesman is also starting to make a mark on the Mocs career lists. He has 18 touchdown passes and is two shy of Cedric Stevens (2004) for ninth on the Mocs all-time list. He should also break into the top-10 for career passing yards (2,022) before the end of the season. He also topped 1,000 career rushing yards (1,078) against Georgia State.
POLLARD CLIMBING SCORING LIST
Junior PK Nick Pollard went 6-6 on PATs at Georgia State, tying a career-high. He is No. 9 on the Mocs all-time scoring list with 126 career points. He needs nine more to pass Rodney Ledford (1975-77) for fourth place.
FOUR TRUE FRESHMEN ON THE FIELD
Four true freshmen were on the field for the Mocs against UT Martin, including WR Xavier Borishade, RB Derrick Craine, LS Joe McMahon and DB Oscar Prado. Of the 48 who have seen action this season, 13 were true or redshirt freshmen.
UTC returns a total of 39 lettermen from the 2012 campaign. There are 20 on the offensive side of the ball, while 17 return on defense. Two specialists also return for the 2013 season. There are 21 starters back, including 10 on offense, 10 on defense and one on special teams.
SEASON NO. 106
The Chattanooga Mocs are entering their 106th season of football in 2013. 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 495-504-35 (.495) and have won 10 conference titles.
Five Mocs were elected captains by their teammates for the 2013 season. Senior LB Gunner Miller, Senior DB Chaz Moore, Senior OL Kevin Revis, Senior DB Kadeem Wise and sophomore QB Jacob Huesman serve as captains for the upcoming season.
TULL & DOTHARD ON BUCK BUCHANAN WATCH LIST
Senior linebacker Wes Dothard and junior defensive end Davis Tull are among the 20 student-athletes across the nation tabbed as candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Defensive Player of the Year Award. This is the second straight year Dothard has been on the Buchanan Watch List, and the first time two Mocs have been candidates in the same season. Dothard is a two-time All-American linebacker and finished 19th in the voting last year. He led the Mocs with 94 tackles in 2012, repeating as a first team All-Southern Conference selection. He was also a Buchanan Award finalist as a sophomore in 2011, finishing 25th in the national voting. Tull was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, leading the league with a school-record 12.5 sacks. He also led the SoCon, and was No. 5 in the nation, with a UTC-record 19.0 tackles-for-loss.