Mocs Fall To Wofford In Overtime

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The UTC football team suffered another heartbreaking loss on Saturday. With a share of the Southern Conference championship still in reach, the Mocs (5-5, 4-3 SoCon) lost to No. 13 Wofford (8-2, 6-2 SoCon) 16-13 in overtime.

It is the second time in three weeks the Mocs have lost to a ranked team in overtime, falling to then-No. 2 Georgia Southern 38-31 in three extra periods on Oct. 27. All four the Chattanooga's FCS losses have come against ranked teams.

UTC trailed 10-3 at the break, but kept the Terriers off the board in the final 30 minutes of regulation. The Mocs tied the game at 10 with 2:18 in regulation when freshman Kendrix Huitt (Atlanta, Ga.) sprinted out to the right side from a yard out. That run capped off an 18-play, 72-yard drive, the longest in terms of plays in the Russ Huesman era at UTC. It chewed up over eight minutes of the final frame.

Wofford returned the ensuing kickoff 28 yards to its own 37, setting up good field position for a possible game-winning field goal. However, UTC only allowed the Terriers to get to midfield before forcing a punt and sending the game to overtime.

Wofford won the toss and elected to play defense. The Mocs moved the ball to the 10-yard line, but lost three yards on second-and-six. Freshman Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) missed sophomore Tommy Hudson (Moultrie, Ga.) on a screen pass, but the play was inexplicably ruled a backwards lateral. The ball went out of bounds at the 14, leaving UTC with a third-and-nine. The Mocs could not convert and had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by sophomore Nick Pollard (Smyrna, Tenn.).

Wofford handed the ball off to senior All-American Eric Breitenstein four straight times to start their drive. After a first down, the Terriers had third-and-four from the nine. This time QB James Lawson kept it and rushed for seven yards to the two. Breitenstein capped off the game with a two-yard score on the next play.

The Mocs defense was stellar for most of the game. After allowing 156 yards in the first half, it only gave up 93 yards the rest of the game. Wofford came into today ranked No. 2 in the nation, averaging 372.9 rushing yards per contest, but were held to a season-low 215 yards on the ground.

Sophomore defensive end Davis Tull led the defense with seven tackles, including three for a loss. He leads the SoCon with 16.5 TFLs on the year, the fourth most in a season at UTC. Junior linebacker Wes Dothard had a team-high 10 stops, including one for a loss.

The Mocs outgained the Terriers 337-249 and had 234 yards in the air. Huesman led UTC with 22-31 passing for a season-high 229 yards. He also had 68 yards on 24 carries. Sophomore Terrell Robinson (South Pittsburg, Tenn.) had eight catches for 54 yards while Hudson finished with six catches for 73 yards. Huitt added 39 yards on 14 carries.

Wofford went up 10-0 early in the game with a field goal in the first quarter and a 16-play, 75-yard touchdown drive early in the second period. UTC got on the board in the second with a 26-yard field goal by freshman Henrique Ribeiro (Chattanooga, Tenn.).

The Mocs had two promising drives stall for no points in the second half. Their first possession of the third quarter ended in a missed 29-yard field goal by Ribeiro. The other came at the end of the third when UTC got to the Wofford 40, but was forced to punt.

Chattanooga will close out the regular season next weekend with a visit from Elon on Military Appreciation Day. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) from Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627). The Mocs will be going for their third winning season in the last four years. That feat has not been accomplished at UTC since 1984-87.


Grace Nets 9-0 Soccer Win

The Grace Academy Lady Golden Eagles kept themselves in a tie for first place in district 5-A/AA with a 9-0 win over Sweetwater High School Tuesday night. It took Grace Academy about 15 minutes to net its first goal, but then the goals came quickly. Kayla Bibbs and Maddie Ferrel led the way for Grace scoring two goals each while five other Lady Golden Eagles scored once.  ... (click for more)

Men’s Golf Will Play This Weekend In NAIA Fall Preview

Dalton State men’s golf will have a chance to see many of the top golf teams in the NAIA this weekend. The Sun Conference and the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the 2014 NAIA Golf Fall Preview at LPGA International Course from Friday through Sunday. This weekend’s competition will feature 19 teams from 18 different schools. The 54-hole tournament ... (click for more)

Teen, 17, Charged With Aggravated Rape In Attack On 69-Year-Old North Chattanooga Runner

A 17-year-old has been charged with aggravated rape in connection with an attack on a 69-year-old runner in North Chattanooga on Monday morning. Since the person charged is a juvenile, the only information given was that he is a black male. The incident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Mississippi Avenue. P olice initially said the suspect was described as ... (click for more)

Berke Implements New Pay Plan For Chattanooga Fire Department

Mayor Andy Berke joined the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and leadership of the Chattanooga Fire Department to unveil the Department’s new pay plan Wednesday afternoon. At a press conference at Fire Hall #1 on Main Street, Mayor Berke and IAFF Local 820 President Jack Thompson signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which sets forth regular raises for ... (click for more)

Keep John Roberts, Commissioner Of Red Bank

It has been a week since the Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association held their candidate forum at Red Bank Middle School. I was privileged to have been asked to moderate the affair. What follows is my interpretation of the current issues facing the citizens of Red Bank and, at the end, a summation of whom I feel should be elected and whom I will be voting for personally. First, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My October Garden

Hark! It is the first day of October and, as I make my monthly stroll through the garden, I find a growing numbers of leaves and acorns. Autumn leaves are beautiful while acorns are nuts, thus you will get the idea as we make our monthly awards: A PRETTY LEAF to Phil Hughes after the Minnesota Twins pitcher came within one inning of earning a $500,000 bonus this season. The deal ... (click for more)