CHARLESTON, S.C. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football squad claimed a 28-10 Southern Conference win at The Citadel Saturday afternoon. The win was the third straight for Chattanooga, which is now 3-2, 2-1 in league play. The Bulldogs fall to 2-4, 0-3 in the SoCon.
True freshman running back Keon Williams (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and an opportunistic defense were the stories today for the Mocs. Williams posted his first 100-yard rushing day with 101 yards on 19 carries with two scores.
The UTC defense limited the Bulldogs to just two scores their own while producing three turnovers. The Citadel was able to generate 238 yards on the ground, but it could not muster much in the air, just 25 yards, completing a meager two in eight attempts with one interception.
Linebackers Ryan Consiglio (Franklin, Tenn.) and Gunner Miller (Chattanooga, Tenn.) led the Mocs' defense with 14 and nine tackles, respectively. Defensive ends Chris Donald (Huntingdon, Tenn.) and Joshua Williams (Griffin, Ga.) each recovered fumbles, while corner Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceville, Ga.) made his fifth interception of the season breaking head coach Russ Huesman's freshman school record.
Keon Williams put the Mocs up early with a two-yard plunge off the right side of the line at 4:04 in the first quarter. The play was set up by a 46-yard catch-and-run by Garrett Hughes (Lawrenceburg, Tenn.) from B.J. Coleman (Chattanooga, Tenn.).
Chattanooga made it 14-0 on its first possession of the second quarter. Coleman found tight end Sloan Allison (Ooltewah, Tenn.) in the middle of the end zone for seven yards capping a 61-yard drive. It was kept alive on a 26-yard third down run from Erroll Wynn (Jonesboro, Ga.) to The Citadel 25. Wynn had 41 yards rushing on the drive.
The Bulldogs answered twice before the half closing to 14-10 at the break. Terrell Dallas scored from eight yards after the Bulldogs' punter Cass Couey ran for 33 yards on a fake punt to keep the chains moving. Ryan Sellers hit a 20-yarder with 17 seconds remaining in the half to close the gap to four.
The Citadel took over at the UTC 47 with 10:57 to go in the third quarter after holding the Mocs to a three-and-out inside its own 10. The Bulldogs methodically drove the ball with eight straight rushes, the last of which converted a fourth-and-one to the Chattanooga 24. Wise was big on the next play intercepting a Matt Thompson offering in the end zone to thwart the possession.
Coleman led the offense on the ensuing possession 80 yards in eight plays to go up 21-10 with a 21-yard connection with Joel Bradford. Brian Sutherland's 34 yards on a reverse put the Mocs deep in Bulldogs territory as Coleman and Bradford connected two plays later.
The defense continued its strong second half play with back-to-back three-and-outs before the offense put the game away with a statement drive.
Taking over on its own 12, Chattanooga marched 88 yards dominating the line of scrimmage. Coleman engineered a 16-play scoring drive that lasted 9:35, the longest scoring drive time-wise by the Mocs this season.
UTC rushed 13 times gaining 72 yards capped by Williams' second two-yard touchdown run. The key play in the drive was courtesy of the Bulldogs as they were called for pass interference on third-and-six at the Mocs' 29 yard line. The tally gave the final margin of 28-10 in favor of Chattanooga.
Coleman completed 13 of 21 for 157 yards and two scoring strikes. Bradford was his favorite target hauling in seven receptions for 71 yards including the score.
Dallas led The Citadel with 67 yards on 16 carries and the touchdown. Thompson completed two of five pass attempts for all 25 Bulldog passing yards.
UTC returns to Finley Stadium next weekend to host Georgia Southern at 3 p.m. It is Homecoming Week for the Mocs with festivities to be listed on GoMocs.com.