UTC Homecoming Has Quarterback Match-Up

Mocs vs. Furman Sat. at Finley Stadium

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Chattanooga Homecoming - Oct. 30, 1953 … Chattanooga 44, Louisville 6

The U. of Louisville and its highly-touted quarterback visited Chamberlain Field for the Mocs’ Homecoming Game Fri. Oct. 30 before 5,000 fans … The Mocs shut down the future pro football hall of famer as he was 0-5 passing with an interception before he left the game due to an injury as the Blue and Gold won handily, 44-6 ... John Pozzini led the UC ground game with 124 yards and two scores as UC out rushed Louisville, 486-8.

The Louisville QB ? ... Johnny Unitas, who would go on to a brilliant NFL career with the Baltimore Colts 

Fast Forward 60 Years to Oct. 12, 2013 … UTC hosts Furman for Homecoming

Game Facts: Finley Stadium … 6:04 p.m. kickoff

ESPN3 with Darren Goldwater and Paul MaGuire

Radio – ESPN Radio 105.1 FM ... Jim Reynolds and Todd Agne and Will Poindexter

Quarterback Battle … Jacob Huesman (UTC) vs. Duncan Fletcher (Furman)

Furman brings to town true freshman Duncan Fletcher, last week’s Southern Conference Freshman of the Week who threw for 255 yards and a touchdown in a 28-25 loss to Elon.

Jacob Huesman (6-1, 210) – averages 153 yards passing and 82 yards rushing a game with a combined 15 touchdowns (11 passing/4 rushing) …  last year against Furman, Huesman was 18 of 23 for 171 yards and no TD passes … rushed for 59 yards … he leads the SoCon in completion % (63%) … No.14 in the FCS in pass efficiency (152.1) and No. 19 in passing TDs (11)
 
Duncan Fletcher (6-3, 202) – In his first collegiate start in last week’s 28-25 loss to Elon, Fletcher was 25 of 38 for 255 yards and a touchdown … for the season, he is 28 of 41 with one interception and averaging 158 yards through the air … in pre-season, Fletcher was listed as No.4 in the QB depth chart, but injuries to the three above him has moved the Columbus, Ga. Resident into the starting spot.

Game Notes

Home Losing Streak: Chattanooga has not beat Furman at home in 20 years …

Furman has won eight straight games in Chattanooga …

Last Mocs win at home was 45-42 on Nov. 20, 1993 … playing at Chamberlain Field, UTC’s Jerry Ellison rushed for 205 yards and two TDs … Kenyon Earl was 15 of 20 for 245 yards and 2 TDs

Series Record: Furman leads the series 27-15, including winning 16 of last 20

Last Four Games: 2-2 … each team has won twice on the road …

2012: UTC won 28-10 in Greenville, S.C.

Something Has to Give: Furman leads the SoCon in Rushing Defense allowing 138.5 yards per game … UTC is 3rd (181.8)

UTC is 4th in the SoCon and 10th in FCS in Rushing Offense (252.2 yds./game) … Mocs are led by Keon Williams (93.6 yds/game) and Huesman (82.2)

SoCon Total Defense: UTC is No.1, allowing 325.8 yds./game) … Furman is No. 2 (337.7)

Furman's Chattanooga Connection: Chattanooga natives John Mackey (Baylor School) and T.J. Warren (Ooltewah HS) are starters on the Furman defense ... at nose guard, Mackey has 22 tackles  with 3.0 tackles for loss ... at linebacker, Warren has 16 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (3 vs. The Citadel), 1 QB sack.

Rushing for 200 yards vs. the Paladians … UTC has not rushed for 200 yards against Furman since a 34-20 win in Greenville in 1994 … The Mocs had 270 rushing yards that day … and 287 yards in a 45-42 victory in 1993

UTC Coach Russ Huesman on Rushing Average: “I am more concerned about the yards per carry average than the total yards.

“I am pleased with our 5.7 yards per carry average.”

5.0 average in 2006: The only other year since 2000, in which the Mocs have averaged at least 5.0 yards a carry was 2006 (5.0)

Future Hall of Famers at Chamberlain

What a Weekend at Chamberlain … Oct. 30-31, 1952 …

In one of the greatest weekend’s in Chamberlain Field history, a Southern city battle was waged between Louisville and Chattanooga.

Fri. Oct 31 … U. of Louisville vs. Chattanooga ... In his first of two games at Chamberlain Field (1952, '53), Louisville’s Johnny Unitas showed his passing talents as he was 17 of 39 for 163 yards and one TD, but the Mocs won. 47-14 … In his pro career, Unitas led the Baltimore Colts to three NFL championships and one Super Bowl win.

Thurs. Oct 30 … Louisville Flaget vs. Chattanooga Central … Flaget’s Paul Hornung vs. Central’s Bobby Hoppe … 7-7 tie … Hoppe caught a touchdown pass … Hoppe was on the 1957 Auburn undefeated team, while Hornung went to Notre Dame and won the Heisman Trophy in 1956 … and later led Green Bay to four NFL titles and one Super Bowl crown …

Unitas (Johnny U.) and Hornung (Golden Boy) are members of the pro football hall of fame.

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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