Thursday, September 13, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
Good Home Opener: UTC (1-2) posted its first win of the season (35-0) and is 72-30-3 in home openers all-time … The Mocs are 10-5 in Finley Stadium home openers and 26-28 in all games played at Finley ... 9,077 in the house …
Perfect Thursday Night … 80 degrees and sunny at kickoff
Early Mocs Fireworks … QB-to-QB, a Jacob Huesman-to-Terrell Robinson 44-yard scoring toss in the first two minutes of the game had the crowd on its feet … It was Huesman’s third career TD pass and the Mocs led, 7-0.
More After the Game … and an entertaining, colorful fireworks show for the fans who stayed to the end.
First Lead of the Year … the Huesman-to-Robinson play gave the Mocs their first lead of the season …
Keeping the Defense Guessing … Mocs offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield had the Glenville State defense off balance as Robinson lined up at halfback on the Mocs second offensive series … he took a hand off from Huesman then found the QB open in the left flat for nine yards ... the Mocs scored on the next play (Huesman-to-Faysal Shafatt) for a 14-0 lead.
Coach Russ Huesman: “I said this before the season started that this is going to be a fun offense to watch,” said an upbeat coach Russ Huesman in post-game comments on the radio. “There are a multitude of things we can do with a two-quarterback system.”
Stingy Mocs Defense … Less than a 100 yards total offense … an impressive Mocs defense allowed 78 yards total offense in 45 plays … The Mocs gained 477 yards on 88 plays
Rushing - 21 rushing yards in 17 carries … fewest rushing yards allowed in 2011 was 55 yards on 28 carries in a 38-17 home win against Jacksonville State … The Mocs held five opponents to under 100 yards rushing in 2011.
Huesman: “We did a great job of holding a good football team to under a 100 yards in total offense, but we had a chance to get three other interceptions (Wes Dothard had the one) … We must cash in on those turnover opportunities or they will come back to bite us.”
Mocs Rushing … Coach Huesman has a goal of 175+ rushing yards per game and the Mocs gained 230 yards tonight …
UTC had three, 200+ rushing games in 2011 …
Last Mocs Shutout … 38-0 win against visiting Western Carolina in 2003
Huesman: “It’s good to get a shutout, but I am more interested in the guys playing well and executing. The shutouts will take care of themselves.”
Good Punting: Glenville punter Tanner Collins averaged 39.6 yards on 7 punts, including 44 and 58 yarders … his 44-yard punt in the second quarter came to rest at the Mocs 1-yard line and a 58-yarder in the third quarter went to the Mocs 13 …
Long Mocs Drive … After the Collins’ 44-yard punt in the second quarter, the Mocs moved from their 1-yard-line, 97 yards (in 21 plays, 9:09) to the Glenville 2-yard-line but failed to score.
Huesman: “That’s got to be a school record to drive that far and not score. Of course I wanted to get the touchdown, but at first, I just wanted us to get a first down and get out of the shadow of our own end zone.”
Mocs punter Nick Pollard’s only punt was a 49-yard, rugby-style punt that went out of bounds at the Glenville State 8.
Efficient First Quarter … Mocs scored 21 points in the first quarter … most points in a quarter since 17 pts. scored in the opening 15 minutes in a 51-7 home win against Western Carolina Oct. 15, 2011 …
Productive UTC Offense: 230 rushing and 247 passing … 8 players averaged 4.2 yds rushing … Marquis Green (carries, 59 yards) had his first career touchdowns (2) …
9 players had at least one catch …
Huesman: “It is good to see that many players touch the ball on offense.”
Next Week: Appalachian State - Finley Stadium - 6 p.m.
Huesman: “I have said this since I have been here, I want our team to be where App. State is and that is winning championships … we have great fans, but we can learn from their fans.
"We have played them well the last three years, but without a win so next Saturday night is a big, big game for UTC and we need a huge crowd here supporting this team.”
Last Win vs. Appalachian State: 59-56 win in Finley in 2004 against No.17 App. State … App. State leads the series, 25-10 … coach Huesman was 3-1 vs. App. State as a player …
Steven Fox Honored … the UTC golfer who won the U.S. Amateur title in August was introduced at halftime with father, mother and younger sister ... Fox was recently selected as the Southern Golf Association’s national player of the month for August.
Steven Fox Day …Fox will be honored Friday night at his old high school – Hendersonville HS – there will be a reception before the game and the town mayor will present Fox with a proclamation.
Longevity in the Press Box …
Chattanooga accountant Lynn Trent is in his 47th year as the official scorekeeper in the press box … he has never missed a Mocs home game beginning in 1966 … one spotter in the press box made sure everyone within ear shot realized it was 1966 not 1866 that Lynn started his football stats career …
“I sat in the stands at Chamberlain field for that first game – (UC beat Parsons College, 19-0, Oct. 1, 1966) … I have worked in the press box ever since as a spotter and statistician,” said Trent.
Jim Reynolds is in his 33rd year as the radio voice of UTC football … Ron Hall is in his 6th year as the public address announcer.
No Public Prayer at Finley – UTC officials decided earlier this week to not have a pre-game prayer given over the public address system.
Public Prayer at Neyland … if one wants to hear a public prayer before a college football game at a public university, Saturday night at Neyland Stadium is the place to be as Tennessee hosts Florida … a Christian prayer will be given and has been given for decades and there are no plans to end this tradition.
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