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Role Reversal: Mocs set sights on Wofford in finale

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Russ Huesman has selective memory when thinking about last year's finale at Wofford.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach doesn't remember much from the 45-14 loss that eliminated his Mocs from the postseason, but he recalls what happened after it.

"After that game I was looking for the nearest bridge. I couldn't find one, so I'm still here," Huesman said. "That's how ugly that game was."

UTC gets a shot at redemption when the two meet again this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET at Finley Stadium, not to mention a shot at revenge.

While the Mocs have already been eliminated from playoff contention in 2011, the Terriers need a victory to qualify for the FCS postseason. Teams need seven wins against Division I competition to be eligible for the FCS bracket, and the Terriers just have six.

"We haven't talked about it. I don't want to use that as motivation," Huesman said quickly.

Turns out his players already have talked about it, and they're excited to play the spoiler role.

"I for sure wouldn't mind knocking them out of the playoffs," said linebacker Ryan Consiglio, who will play his final game as a Moc. "It's funny to see they are in the same predicament we were in last season.

"It does give us more motivation."

Chattanooga's other motivation is a shot at a third straight winning season.

A victory over Wofford would leave the Mocs 6-5 overall in 2011, marking the first time in 20 years the program has finished above .500 in three straight years.

It would be a nice consolation prize for a program still trying to build a foundation, but it still falls far short of preseason expectations for a program on the rise.

"Whether we win or lose this game, I'll look back and say this wasn't the year we wanted. Win or lose, I think it's not what anyone wanted this year for this football team," Huesman said.

Three losses by a combined four points in the middle of the season and a 14-7 heart-breaker against Furman ultimately cost UTC a shot at its second playoff appearance in school history, but the seniors still want to end their careers on a positive note.

"At the beginning of the year we set a lot of goals for ourselves, and we came up short," said senior defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris. "There is a little disappointment to not reach the goals we have set, but now we just want to finish strong with everything."

Huesman is hopeful they'll do just that this weekend, but he also hopes it's the last time his program isn't playing for something more in its season finale.

"I think these guys can kind of hold their heads up, the seniors, and say look at what we did here getting this program moving in the right direction," he said. "But the expectations need to be higher than what they are right now."

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