ELON, N.C. (UTC) - Davis Tull secured his place in history while leading another stout effort by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defense to help the Mocs escape Elon with a hard-fought 20-9 win Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Stadium.
UTC held its opponent out of the end zone for a second straight week, while Keon Williams fueled the offense with 118 rushing yards and two scores to help Chattanooga (5-2, 3-1 in SoCon) win its third straight game.
After recording 3.5 sacks in last week's win, Tull mustered just one against the Phoenix, but it was a big one. The takedown gave him 24 for his UTC career, which passes Josh Williams for the most all-time in a Mocs' career.
"It's a pretty cool feeling knowing I passed J-Will, who kind of taught me the tricks of the trade," Tull said.. "I learned everything from him and Coach (Marcus) West. It's an awesome feeling."
Chattanooga's defense, which entered as the top-ranked unit in the SoCon, held pass-happy Elon to just 293 yards while holding back-to-back opponents to 10 points or less for the first time since 1990.
"It's great for our defense to step up like that," Tull said. "Our red-zone defense has not been where we've wanted it to be lately. We started out giving up too many touchdowns. Actually (Josh) Freeman and I were talking about it in the third quarter.
"We wanted to stay strong and we didn't want to give up a touchdown today."
Wes Dothard led the Mocs with a season-high 13 tackles, while Kadeem Wise and Zach McCarter made nine stops apiece for a unit that held its opponent below 300 total yards for a fourth time this season.
"Holding them to three field goals again today was huge," Coach Huesman said. "Our defense is playing really, really well, but we have to continue to get better. We are doing enough things defensively to win ball games."
Sparked by a 24-yard run on a fake punt by Taharin Tyson, the Mocs found their offensive groove on a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a Williams' four-yard touchdown run and a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter. Williams would score again from two yards out later in the period for a 14-6 lead at the break.
Quarterback Jacob Huesman added 68 yards on the ground as the Mocs racked up 223 rushing yards as a team. It was the sixth straight game UTC has topped 200 yards on the ground, the first such run since an eight-game stretch between the 1991 and '92 seasons.
Nick Pollard added a pair of second half field goals to complete the scoring.
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