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Getting to know Indiana State, UTC's first playoff opponent in 30-years

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- At some point over the weekend there was a mad dash to gather Indiana State film. Mocs head coach Russ Huesman spent enough time watching it to know the Sycamores are in the post season for a reason.

A lot of reasons actually, but the Mocs have been focusing on two of the bigger reasons.

"(They) play a tough schedule, throw a lot. There you go."

Luckily coach did elaborate. He reminded everyone that Indiana state has played nine ranked opponents, two in the top-10.

Coach Huesman said, "Missouri valley conference got five teams, half their teams in the tournament this year. Sometimes you don't realize how good a team you're playing if you just look at a record."

Aside from the schedule the sycamores played remember they, "throw a lot, there you go."

Indiana State led the MVC in passing offense. They threw the ball an astonishing 57 times in a round one win over 16th ranked Eastern Kentucky.

Huesman added, "if he can stand back there and that pocket is like this, and he can stand and throw it, he'll pick us apart, he's that good, he'll kill us."

While the Mocs haven't quite faced a passing attack like the one led by Indiana State quarterback Mike Perish, they have been better than most at disrupting the quarterback.

Defensive lineman Josh Freeman helped lead a defense that led the Southern Conference in just about every defensive category, "that's what we've prided ourselves on all year. We don't wanna let quarterbacks sit back there and have time to get comfortable. We wanna make the pocket very uncomfortable. It's gonna be a really fun day, we love to rush. So to have maybe 50 chances to rush, it's great," said Freeman.

Saturday's game at 1pm at Finley Stadium marks the first home playoff game in school history and the Mocs first playoff game in 30-years.

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