Wednesday, October 23, 2013
- by B.B. Branton
From the first touchdown by E.E. De La Perriere in win No.1 (Oct. 29, 1904) to the most recent six-pointer by Keon Williams in win No. 499 (this past Saturday at Elon), Chattanooga football has had some exciting moments on the road to No. 500.
While the landmark win would be a great accomplishment at home this Saturday, for the players and coaches it will be a by-product of the larger picture of posting an important Southern Conference win as the Blue and Gold seek a SoCon title and an NCAA playoff bid.
Johnny Football and Chuck Noll: Chattanooga does not have a win against Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Football, but the Mocs do have two wins against Johnny U. (as in Unitas 1952, ‘53), a 1952 Thanksgiving Day triumph against U. of Dayton and lineman Chuck Noll who would have a hall of fame coaching career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, an upset of No.1 Marshall in 1993 and victories to close Chamberlain Field and open Finley Stadium in 1997.
A Look at Few Chattanooga Triumphs from Nos. 1-499
No.1 … Oct. 29, 1904 – Grant U. 17, Athens Liberal Arts 0 (Olympia Park in Chattanooga) … Originally known as Grant University, Chattanooga defeats Athens (Tenn.) Liberal Arts, 17-0, in the university’s first official college football game … E.E. De La Perrierre scored the school’s first touchdown (worth 5 points) on a 4 yard run ... later added a 55-yard scoring run and Shipp had the final TD and kicked two extra points.
Note: Grant Univ. was 2-3 in the first season, playing all games at home for coach Dr. Walter Hullihen
No. 12 … Oct. 17, 1908 – Chattanooga 11, Athens Liberal Arts 0 … First Game at Chamberlain Field and first game under the name of the Univ. of Chattanooga … captain Big Jim McGaughy scores first touchdown on Chamberlain Field.
No.41 … Oct. 2, 1915 – UC 93, Carson-Newman 0 … School Record for Points in a Game … Paul Squibbs scores five times and Vandiver adds three TDs … the next week UC and Georgia tie 6-6.
No. 85 … Nov 24, 1927 – UC 19, Oglethorpe 0 … Thanksgiving Day and Mocs claim First S.I.A.A. Title with 6-0-0 conference record (8-1 overall) … first time in school history with an undefeated, untied S.I.A.A. record
No.100 … Nov. 28, 1929 – UC 48, Union 0 … Thanksgiving Day … Harry Raby scores two touchdowns as Mocs gain 100th win ... senior team captain is Humpy Heywood who later becomes legendary prep coach at Baylor School
No. 115 … Nov. 26, 1931 – UC 25, Centre 7 … First Dixie Conference Title … Scrappy Moore’s first team wins first of three Dixie Conference titles (9-2) on Thanksgiving Day … only losses were to Sewanee and Alabama
No. 124 … Oct. 18, 1935 - UC 24, Oglethorpe 13 … First Night Game at Chamberlain Field … Captain Fred Ring helped ring the victory bell with two touchdowns … lighting system was 99,000 watts and cost $3,000.
No. 200 … Oct 17, 1952 – UC 23, Memphis State 6 … In a Homecoming win, Johnny Pozzini leads the offense with 71 yard scoring run … this is the ninth win in the middle of a 12-game home win streak (1951-52) … Memphis State snaps the home streak in first home game of 1953
No. 203 … Nov. 27, 1952 – UC 40, Dayton 7 … Mocs go against Dayton lineman Chuck Noll who goes on to win four Super Bowl rings in the 1970s as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers … UC quarterback Hal Ledyard plays his final game in a Mocs uniform and later wins two Gray Cup championships with Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.
No. 205 … Oct. 30, 1953 – UC 44, Louisville 6 … Johnny Pozzini and Dick Young each score two touchdown as Mocasins beat Louisville and quarterback Johnny Unitas on Homecoming … Noveta Trotter is UC Queen.
No. 231 … Nov. 8, 1958 – UC 14, Tennessee 6 … Mocs Upset Tennessee … tear gas is thrown, some fans go to jail, while others tear down a steel goal post … but when the dust settles, Chattanooga has shocked Southern football with a 14-6 win against Tennessee … Johnny Green and Don Hill have 1-yard TD runs while Bob Waller makes good on two extra points … current Baylor School baseball coach Gene Etter passes for the Vols touchdown in the fourth quarter … this is the Mocs last win against an SEC school … UTC will play the Vols in 2014.
No. 269 … Nov. 24, 1966 – UC 27, Austin Peay 17 … Final Thanksgiving Game at Chamberlain Field … Roger Caterino throws four touchdown passes … Mocs claim small college state title with wins against Austin Peay, Tenn. Tech and MTSU
No.300 … Nov. 24, 1973 – UTC 26, East Tenn. State 21 … in coach Joe Morrison’s first year (4-7), Mocs win three of last four, including this one
No. 324 … Nov. 19, 1977 – UTC 37, Marshall 20 … First Southern Conference title … Mocs clinch SoCon with home win in final game of season (9-1-1)
No. 400 … Oct 6, 1990 – UTC 22, East Tenn. State 3 … Homecoming triumph as Mocs win first of three in a row after 1-3 start … James Roberts scores opening touchdown.
No. 416 …. Oct.2, 1993 – UTC 33, #1 Marshall 31 … Upset of No. 1 Marshall … UTC’s Kenyon Earl throws four touchdown passes to Terrell Owens and Jermaine Barnette makes a late fourth quarter interception as the Mocs upset No.1 Marshall at Chamberlain Field … UTC, who rallies from a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter, had lost to Ga. Southern 45-0 the week before and the Thundering Herd (3-0) entered the game as nation’s top scoring defense, allowing two points a game.
No. 431 … Oct. 4, 1997 – UTC 20, Wofford 17 ...Last Game at Chamberlain … Mocs win last game at Chamberlain Field … Brian Hampton throws the last touchdown pass (to Andre Anderson) at Chamberlain Field and the first touchdown pass (to Stepfon Harris) at Finley Stadium … Anderson’s catch of a 46 yarder in the fourth quarter is the last score at Chamberlain as Mocs rally for a 20-17 win … From 1908 to 1997, Chamberlain was home to high school and college games, as well as the semi-pro Chattanooga Cherokees and hosted a pair of Heisman Trophy winners - Paul Hornung (Flaget (Ky.) HS and Steve Spurrier Johnson City (Tenn.) HS) - graced the turf … Terry Bradshaw brought his La.Tech team here in 1969 (won 55-7), while lineman Chuck Noll and U. of Dayton lost here in early 1950s …. Noll coached Bradshaw and the Steelers to four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s
No.432 … Oct. 18, 1997 – UTC 28, Tenn. State 7 … Mocs Win Finley Stadium Opener ... largest crowd to see a Chattanooga football game – attendance: 22,642 … Brian Hampton and Stepfon Harris team for three TD strikes …
No. 450 … Aug. 20, 2001 – UTC 28, Samford 14 … Thursday night win in Birmingham and earliest game (on the calendar) ever played in Chattanooga football history
No.472 … Sept. 3, 2009 – UTC 30, Glenville State 13 … Russ Huesman Era Begins … 14,002 fans see first win of the Russ Huesman era ... coach Huesman receives the game ball from the players
No. 499 … Oct 19, 20113 – UT 20, Elon 9 … Mocs post third straight win and Davis Tull becomes school’s all-time sack leader (24.5)
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