UTC Defeats Georgia State, 42-14

Huesman Has Two Touchdown Passes

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

ATLANTA - Taking a page from Union Army General William Sherman during the Civil War, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman and his Moc teammates marched through the Georgia Dome Saturday afternoon in defeating host Georgia State (0-2) 42-14.

FBS Win: The Mocs improve to 1-1 on the season and recorded their first win against a FBS opponent in nearly 30 years, having beaten Southwestern Louisiana, 9-7, at home in 1984.

Huesman passed for 84 yards (9-13) and two touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and two more scores.

Junior running back Keon Williams (Red Bank HS) rushed for a career-high 147 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. He opened the Mocs scoring on a 2-yard run at 9:28 of the first quarter.

"The guys on our offensive line stayed on their blocks and really locked on to people which gave our backs room to run," said Huesman.

"And this was the best I have seen Keon run. We all played with plenty of excitement and energy today."

Freshman Derrick Craine had 53 yards on six carrires and a score, Terrell Robinson gained 47 yards on four carries and Marquis Green added 43 yards on nine carries.

In a complete dominance on both sides of the ball, the Mocs outgained the Panthers 509-303 in total offense and allowed only 70 yards from the high-octane passing attack through three quarters and 273 for the game.

"I thought we played well in all three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams," said UTC coach Russ Huesman.

"We ran the ball really well as our backs delivered some shots and our offensive line gave the backs lots of running room."

Rushing Yards For And Against:

UTC's 401 rushing yards are the most by a Mocs offense since 404 yards in a 49-14 win against VMI  Oct.15, 1994 at Chamberlain Field.

Ga. State's 30 rushing yards are the fewest against a UTC team has allowed since East Tenn. State had minus seven yards rushing in a 33-10 Mocs win in 1988.

"I don't need to look at the stats," said  Ga. State coach Trent Miles. "I saw it on the field. They were the much better football team today.

"They dominated from the very beginning and our young men did not compete very well."

Huesman (Baylor School) connected with All-American tight end Faysal Shafaat on scoring tosses of 27 and nine yards in the second quarter for a 210 lead and then ran for two more in the third to make it 35-0. Freshman Derrick Craine closed out the Mocs scoring with a four yard run at 14:56 of the fourth quarter.

Nick Pollard converted all six extra point attempts.

Ga. State points came on a pair of Ben McLane to Albert Wison touchdowns pass plays for 5 and 30 yards in the fourth quarter.

The dressed-in-all-white Mocs led 42-0 before the Panthers scored twice in the fourth quarter after coach Huesman had pulled his starters.

Opening Drive: Mocs went 70 yards in 12 plays capped by a 2-yard run to the end zone by Williams ...Huesman was 3-4 passing for 24 yards .. Williams rushed for 42 yard on four carries

3rd down conversions: 2 of 2

Second Drive:  Highlighted by a fake field goal-turned-touchdown pass, the Mocs moved 78 yards on seven plays to lead 14-0 at 3:42 ... Williams rushed for 37 yards on 2 carries .. Huesman was 2-2 for 36 yards.... 27-yard scoring toss to All-American tight end Faysal Shafaat (10th career TD catch) .... Mocs lined up in field goal formation, but shifted out of it before the snap 

Third Drive: UTC punted

Fourth Drive: Mocs moved 35 yards in five plays after Tommy Hudson returned a Ga. State punt 27 yards to the host's 35 yard line ... Shafaat out jumped the defender in the end zone for the 9 yard scoring play from Huesman.

Fifth Drive: UTC ran out the first half clock.

Third Quarter: Jacob Huesman ran nine yards to cap a 79 yard drive ... Mocs led 35-0 ... two minutes later, Huesman runs 26 yards through the middle of the Panther D for a 42-0 lead

Fourth Quarter: True freshman Derrick Craine closed out the scoring on a 4-yard run at 14:56 of the final quarter.

Ga. State: Backup quarterback Ben McLane threw a pair of scoring tosses to Albert Wilson in the fourth quarter to avoid a shutout.

Last Time:  the last time UTC held an opponent scoreless in the first half ...

2012 - Oct. 13 ... 10-0 lead against Furman on the road ... Mocs won31-10

Sept. 13 - 21-0 lead against Glenville State at home ... Mocs won 35-0

Wins in Atlanta: Chattanooga beat Oglethorpe, 12-7, in Atlanta in 1931 ... and today's 42-14 win

UTC is 0-7 vs. Ga. Tech in games in Atlanta

Games in the Dome: Astrodome - 1965 - Houston won, 40-7

Super Dome - 1988 - Tulane won, 33-19'

Ga. Dome -  2013, UTC won vs. Ga. State, 41-14 

Domes and NFL Stadiums  Today's win is first for UTC in  a Dome and an NFL Stadium 

 UTC 42, Ga. State 14

UTC 14 - 7- 14 - 7 - 7 --  42

Ga State 0 - 0 -0 - 14 -- 14


1st Q

UTC - Keon Williams 2 run (Nick Pollard kick), 7-0 ... 12-70 yds .. possession time, 5:32

UTC - Faysal Shafaat 27 pass from Jacob Huesman (Pollard kick), 14-0 ... 7-78 ... time: 3:42

2nd Q

UTC -  Shafaat 9 pass from Huesman (Pollard kick), 21-0 ... 5-35 ... time: 2:50

3rd Q

UTC - Huesman 9 run (Pollard kick), 28-0 ... 10-79 ... 4:17

UTC - Huesman 27 run (Pollard kick), 35-0 ... 5-37 ... 2:14

4h Q

UTC - Derrick Craine 4 run (Pollard kick), 42-0 ... 8-77 ... 3:38

GSU - Albert Wilson 5 pass from Ben McLane  (Matt Hubbard kick), 42-7 ... 5-70 ... 1:53

GSU - Wilson 30 pass from McLane (Hubbard kick), 42-14 ... 2-77 ... :31


First Downs: UTC, 25-13

Rushing: UTC, 401-to 30

Passing: Ga. State, 273-108

3rd Down Conversions: UTC (10-14), Ga. State (6-14)

4th Down Conversions: UTC (1-1), Ga. State (0-0)

Red Zone Scores Chances: UTC (4-5), Ga. State (1-1)

Time of Possession: UTC, 38:42-21:18


Stats: UTC

Jacob Huesman - 84 yards rushing 2 TDs ... 9-13-0 for 84 passing, 2 TDs

Keon Williams - 20 carries 147 yards, 1 TD

Faysal Shafaat -2 catches, 36 yards, 2 TDs


Will Johnson, 5 solos, Kadeem Wise, 4 solo, 1 assist

QB Sack: Davis Tull, Josh Freeman

Ga. State

Ben McLane - 7-12-0 164 passing yards, 2 TDs

Ronnie Bell - 9-22-0 70 passing yards

Albert Wilson, 7 catches, 132 yards, 2 TDs

 Tackles: Kail Singleton, 8 solos, 2 assists

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

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