UTC Football Hosts Furman Saturday

Homecoming Notes

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

The Southern Conference leader in rushing defense - Furman - comes to town Saturday for Homecoming (6:04 p.m.) to face the nation’s 10th best rushing team in the Chattanooga Mocs.

UTC rushes for 252.2 yards a game  ... Furman allows 138.5 yards per game …

Led by Keon Williams and his 468 rushing yards(93.6 yds /game), the Chattanooga running game also has Jacob Huesman (411 yds), Marquis Green (94 yds) and Tommy Hudson (92 yds).

“We are running the ball great and making third and fourth down conversions which keep the drives alive,” said coach Russ Huesman.

“When you have a big quarterback in Jacob Huesman who can pound it in there you feel pretty good about going for it on short yardage situations.”

Mocs’ 3rd Down Conversions: 9 of 15 vs. Western Carolina and 36/68 (53%) for the season

Mocs’ 4th Down Conversions: 1 of 1 vs. Western Carolina and 4/7 (57%) for the season  

SoCon Rushing Leaders

No.1 Ga. Southern (371.8 yds)

No.3 The Citadel (282.8 yds)

No.9 Wofford (256 yds)

No.10 Chattanooga (252.2 yds)

Good Defense

UTC and Furman rank 1-2 in total defense in the Southern Conference … Furman tops the SoCon in rushing defense

UTC rushes for 252.2 yds a game …. Furman allows 138.5 yards per game …

Mocs had 142 rushing yards vs. UT-Martin in the opener, but have been 200 yards or better in the last four games

Furman has Chattanooga Connection … Two reasons for Furman’s strong rushing defense are nose guard John MacKey (Baylor School) and linebacker T.J. Warren (Ooltewah) …

Baylor Teammates: MacKey will spend part of Saturday evening chasing former high school teammate and UTC quarterback Jacob Huesman  ….

U of South Connection: Furman defensive coordinator John Windham is a former head coach at Sewanee … now in his third year at Furman, Windham’s defense has held UTC to under 200 yards rushing in 2011 (166 yards) and 2012 (102 yards) …

Saturday’s Game – UTC vs. Furman … Finley Stadium … 6:04 p.m.

Both teams are 1-1 …

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

Last Time: It’s been 20 years (1993) since UTC defeated Furman in Chattanooga

SoCon leaders – Samford (2-0) and Wofford (2-0) are both on the road

Samford is at Appalachian State (1-1)

Wofford is home against Elon (1-1)

Homecoming Schedule

Sat. Oct 12

10 a.m. – Chamberlain Pavilion Dedication

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – UTC Men’s Basketball team has an open practice in McKenzie Arena

6:04 p.m. – UTC vs. Furman at Finley Stadium

Positive Turnover Margin

Chattanooga is No.1 in SoCon (+4) … was a +3 vs. Western Carolina with four interceptions and lost one fumble … Furman is -2 in turnover ratio

It’s Been 20 Years … Last time UTC beat Furman at home was Nov. 20, 1993 (45-42) …

 “The other day I went back in the media guide and read where the last time we beat them was 1993 and (UTC coach) Tommy West’s game.” Coach Huesman stated.

“That’s something we would like to erase from the game notes,” said defensive back Zach McCarter

Screen Pass Plays For Big Yardage

The Mocs have converted screen passes into long touchdowns the last two games

Keon Williams had a 57-yard touchdown reception vs. Ga. Southern … Marquis Green had a 67-yard touchdown reception vs. Western Carolina (Jacob Huesman’s longest touchdown pass of his career)

“Maybe we should run that play more,” said coach Huesman with a smile.

 

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


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