COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (GoMocs.com)--- The ninth-ranked Chattanooga Mocs took an early lead and never looked back in a 38-17 win at Tennessee Tech this afternoon. Jacob Huesman picked apart the Golden Eagles defense, while Keionta Davis and his defensive mates terrorized their host's offense.
It was a 14-10 game early in the second quarter when the Mocs spread the margin. Huesman engineered an eight-play, 60-yard touchdown drive that ended with a two-yard pass to Taharin Tyson on a bootleg right. Nick Pollard's ensuing kickoff was a touchback setting the stage for Davis.
Darian Stone dropped back to pass for TTU, but Davis crushed him with a blind-side sack causing a fumble the sophomore from Chattanooga recovered. Three plays later, Huesman found Tommy Hudson in the end zone from nine yards out for a 28-10 lead.
Huesman accounted for all five Chattanooga touchdowns, including a career-high-tying four in the air. More impressively, he found four different receivers in the end zone.
Davis had two of the Mocs' four sacks, including the turnover and a deflected pass. Senior Davis Tull and sophomore Nakevion Leslie shared a third quarter sack. That gave Tull the Southern Conference career record with 37, breaking the tie at 36.5 with App State's Josh Jeffries.
The play of the game came early for the Mocs. Up 7-3 in the second quarter with the punt team on the field, Tyson took a direct snap and ran 24 yards across midfield for the first down. Six plays later, Huesman found Richardre Bagley for a 25-yard touchdown and a 14-3 lead.
The offense accounted for 457 yards in a very balanced attack. The squad threw for 234 and ran for another 223. Huesman led the ground attack with 89 yards on 19 carries and the first score of the game, a two-yard scamper off a fake handoff to Keon Williams. Williams accounted for another 76 on 22 attempts.
Huesman completed 21 of 27 passes for the 234 yards with the four touchdowns and an interception. He ties Steve Woods' (1979-81) school record with his 21st win as a starting quarterback. He is 21-10 under center over the last three seasons.
Xavier Borishade had a career-high eight catches (40 yards) and a score. Bagley had a team-high 67 yards on three catches, including the touchdown reception.
Tennessee Tech managed 171 yards for the game, with 106 coming on two plays. On the other 43 snaps, the Golden Eagles had 1.5 yards per play for 65 total. Ladarius Vanlier led the way with 81 yards on seven carries. His 64-yard dart on a third-and-short play brought the score to 14-10 in the second quarter.
TTU quarterbacks Darien Stone and Jared Davis combined to complete just five passes in 15 attempts for 75 yards and an interception. Cody Matthews was the leading receiver, hauling in two passes for 50 yards. A Davis-to-Matthews 42-yard hookup setup the final score of the game, a one-yard quarterback sneak by Davis.
Cedric Nettles and Muhasibi Wakeel led the defense with six stops apiece. Tull and Leslie had five each, with Leslie making a fourth quarter interception.
Cory Webber had a game-high 17 tackles for the Golden Eagles as Austin Tallant added 12. Chattanooga ran 34 more plays (79-45) than their hosts and held a 20-minute advantage in time of possession (40:00-20:00).
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