CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (GoMocs.com)--- The 14th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs (1-2) rolled to a 42-6 win at Austin Peay (0-2) in Governors Stadium Saturday afternoon. Senior wide receiver Tommy Hudson led the way with his first career 100-yard receiving game.
"Tommy is such a good player for us,” coach Russ Huesman noted. “It's good to see him have a lot of success. I actually thought the first throw-and-catch (Jacob to Tommy) was one of the most important plays of the game, because those kids had to have confidence."
Hudson had 167 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on the day. He caught seven passes for 102 yards, including a 33-yard scoring strike from Jacob Huesman. Hudson also returned a punt 58 yards in the third quarter that put his squad up 35-6.
The Mocs offense came out firing. It marched 82 yards on its opening drive to take a 7-0 lead on a three-yard Keon Williams touchdown run.
On the ensuing Govs possession, Lucas Webb recovered a Darrien Boone fumble on the Austin Peay 33. Huesman wasted no time finding a wide open Hudson on a post route to make it 14-0.
The third quarter decided the game after a 21-6 halftime margin for the visitors. The defense did not allow a first down during the 15 minutes and the offense scored twice, sandwiching the Hudson punt return for the 42-6 margin of victory.
Williams scored twice, gaining 53 yards on 18 carries in two-plus quarters of work. Huesman ended up with 224 yards in the air completing 18 of 23 attempts. His long was a 42-yard touchdown aerial to Xavier Borishade. Huesman connected with seven different receivers.
Boone paced the Govs' offensive effort, hitting 15 of 20 passes for 124 yards and a scoring strike of his own. Austin Peay's lone tally was a 45-yard pass from Boone to Javier Booker, who had six catches for 88 yards.
The Mocs defense was extremely stingy against the run. It allowed its host just 42 yards on 36 rushes, an average of just 1.2 yards per carry. The “D” gave up just nine first downs, zero in the pivotal third quarter burst.
“Tonight we came out a little flat (defensively),” All-American defensive end Davis Tull said. “We picked it up as the game went on. We made some good adjustments, got excited and started playing better.”
Cedric Nettles was huge at safety with a team-high nine tackles and two of the team's 10 that came for a loss. A.J. Hampton added six stops and recovered a fumble. Antonio Turner led the Govs defense, matching Nettles nine tackles.
The 180 yards of total offense the Mocs gave up today is the lowest total against a DI opponent since yielding 165 to Tennessee Tech in a 31-7 win on August 31, 2006. The last time the defense held its opponent to less than 10 first downs was eight at Furman on October 13, 2012.
Chattanooga is off next week before returning home to open Southern Conference play against Samford. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., at Finley Stadium and broadcasts on ASN. Links to stats and more can be found on GoMocs.com, and fans can follow live updates on Twitter @GoMocsFB.
SCORING SUMMARY Play – Quarter/Time/Score UTC – Keon Williams 3 yard Run (Henrique Ribeiro Kick) - 1/11:57/7-0 Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 3:04 Key Play(s): 3/4/H24 – Williams sweeps around right end for 21 yards