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(GoMocs.com) - The Chattanooga Mocs continue their run in the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs on national television Friday. UTC visits top-seeded New Hampshire for an 8:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) kickoff on ESPN2. The quarterfinal matchup takes place in Cowell Stadium in Durham, N.H.

Chattanooga is 10-3 overall and the No. 8 seed. The Mocs are coming off a perfect SoCon slate with a school-record 7-0 mark in league games. This is Chattanooga's first appearance in the FCS Playoffs since 1984 and its first 10-win season.

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New Hampshire is 11-1 overall and on an 11-game winning streak. The Wildcats won the Colonial Athletic Association with an 8-0 conference tally. Their only loss in 2014 was 50-24 at Toledo, an FBS opponent. They are making their 11th-consecutive appearance in the FCS Playoffs, the longest active streak in the nation.

UTC advanced to the quarterfinals with a 35-14 win over Indiana State. UNH scored a 44-19 second round win over Fordham last week.

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The Mocs Sports Network broadcasts the game on 96.1 The Legend in Chattanooga. Jim Reynolds has the play-by-play with Todd Agne giving the color commentary and Will Poindexter on the sideline. A link for a free audio broadcast is available on the football schedule page on GoMocs.com. Fans can also listen to the game on the iHeart Radio app by searching for Chattanooga's 96.1 The Legend on their mobile device.

Saturday's game broadcasts nationally on ESPN2. Adam Amin is the play-by-play announcer and John Congemi is the color commentator. Check your local listings for specific channel. Fans can also catch the game online on WatchESPN. Access the broadcast through the link on the football schedule page on GoMocs.com.

• UTC head coach Russ Huesman is in his sixth season at his alma mater. He is 41-28 overall and 30-17 in Southern Conference action. The Mocs only won 37 games total in the 11 years prior to Huesman's arrival.

• UTC is No. 8 in the FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Top 25, the two polls recognized by the NCAA. That is the highest ranking in school history.

• The Mocs led the SoCon in home attendance, averaging 10,146 in six games ... UTC hit that mark only four previous times in school history ... three of those in the Russ Huesman era (2009, 2010, 2011).

• Junior QB Jacob Huesman is on the Walter Payton Award Watch List and a two-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Year. He is the first Moc with 2,000 rushing yards and 4,000 passing yards, topping both milestones against VMI.

• Huesman has thrown seven INTs on the season ... only two against FCS competition (Mercer & Tennessee Tech).

• Huesman is the SoCon active career leader in passing yards (5,745), rushing yards (2,714), passing TDs (51), attempts (789), completions (529) and completion % (67.0).

• Huesman has a school-record 8,459 yards of total offense ... 5th all-time in SoCon history.

• Huesman is second in the nation in completion % - 198/293 - 67.6%.

• Huesman led the SoCon and is No. 5 in the FCS in pass efficiency (156.3).

• Huesman's 22 passing TDs led the SoCon and are No. 18 in the FCS.

• Senior RB Keon Williams broke the Mocs 68-year old record with his 29th career rushing TD at Furman. He now has 30 total. His 14 this season are the second-best single-season mark in school history.

• The Mocs have put up 500+ yards of total offense in four games this season ... 2000 was the last time they did it five times in one year.

• Chattanooga has 250+ rushing yards in five games this season, including three that topped the 300-yard mark ... the last time the Mocs ran for 300-plus three times in a season was 1980 ... they did it four times in 1979 and 1977 as a Division I program.

• UTC led the SoCon and is No. 6 in the FCS in Team Passing Efficiency (154.70).

• UTC is third in the SoCon and No. 11 in the FCS with just 13 sacks allowed all season.

• Chattanooga led the SoCon and is No. 4 in the FCS in Time of Possession (33:21).

• The Mocs led the SoCon and are No. 21 in the FCS in scoring offense (35.1) ... that is a school record for points per game.

• UTC is No. 17 in the FCS, second in the SoCon, on third down (83/186 - 44.9%).

• Chattanooga led the SoCon and is No. 5 in the FCS in total defense (273.8 ypg) ... that's the lowest number for the Mocs since giving up 266.4 yards per game in 1985.

• UTC is No. 2 in the league and No. 3 in the nation in passing yards allowed (147.5).

• After holding five consecutive opponents to less than 20 points, UTC is No. 11 in the FCS in scoring defense (18.2) ... that's the best number for UTC since 16.4 in 1987.

• The Mocs led the SoCon in first down defense, allowing 13.6 per game ... that number is seventh, nationally.

• The Mocs lead the SoCon with 35 sacks ... 18th in the FCS ... school record.

• Chattanooga also led the league and is No. 20 in the country with 99 TFLs.

• The Mocs held five teams to less than 200 yards of total offense this season ... the last time UTC did that in a year was 1980.

• Senior DE Davis Tull is on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List for the second year in a row ... he is second among active players in the FCS and the SoCon all-time record holder with 37.0 sacks ... he is the three-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Year ... he leads the SoCon and is No. 21 in the FCS with 10.5 sacks.

• Freshman Lucas Webb is second in the SoCon and the only freshman in the FCS with six INTs.

• Sophomore LB Nakevion Leslie is fourth in the SoCon with 12.0 TFLs.

• Sophomore Keionta Davis is ninth in the FCS with four forced fumbles.

• Senior Derrick Lott is third in the SoCon with 13.5 TFLs.

Special Teams
• Senior Nick Pollard is second in the SoCon and No. 16 in the FCS in punting (42.1).

• Senior Tommy Hudson has returned two punts for TDs on the year...that is a first by a Moc since UTC joined the SoCon in 1977 ... he leads the SoCon and is No. 21 in the FCS with a 9.7 PR average.

• Sophomore Henrique Ribeiro is 15-20 (75.0%) on FGs this season ... he made his first 12 tries this season ... second longest streak in SoCon history ... leads the league in makes and percentage.

• As a team, the Mocs are second in the SoCon and No. 10 in the FCS in net punting (38.3).


On first reference, it is acceptable to refer to us as the "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga". After that, we prefer to be called "Chattanooga" or "UTC." Our nickname is "Mocs."

Junior QB Jacob Huesman and senior RB Keon Williams are close to becoming 1,000-yard teammates. Williams leads the team with 961 yards while Huesman has 916. Only one other time in school history have two Mocs topped 1,000 yards in the same season. That was back in 1977 when Mike Smith (1,090) and Gwain Durden (1,049) both did. In fact, they were the first two freshmen teammates to put up 1,000 yards in the same season in NCAA history. The Mocs have only had seven 1,000-yard rushers in school history.


The Mocs are 4-3 all-time in the month of December, including last week's 35-14 win over Indiana State. Prior to that, the last time UTC played in December was a 39-0 loss to Alabama in a postseason charity game on Dec. 5, 1931.

The Mocs won their sixth Southern Conference Championship in school history and its first outright title since 1984. UTC shared the league crown with Furman and Samford in 2013, and also won the title in 1977, 1978 and 1979. 1979 is the only other time UTC has won an outright title.

The Mocs 10-3 mark is a school record for wins in a season. UTC posted nine wins four other times. Chattanooga was 9-2 and SoCon Champs at 5-1 under Joe Morrison in 1979. They also went 9-1-1 and shared the league title at 4-1 in 1977. Coach Harold Wilkes guided UTC to a 9-1 mark in 1968. Scrappy Moore also went 9-2 in his first season as head coach in 1931. UTC won the Dixie Conference at 8-0 that year.

UTC has two wins in 10 tries against the No. 1 ranked team in the country in school history. The Mocs defeated No. 1 Marshall 33-31 at home on Oct. 2, 1993. Chattanooga also bested No. 1 Furman 21-14 at home on Sept. 29, 1984. UTC has faced Georgia Southern five times when the Eagles were ranked No. 1.
Below is the list of the 10 games against top-ranked teams for the Mocs.
Defeated No. 1 Furman at home - 21-4 - Sept. 29, 1984
Lost to No. 1 ETSU on the road - 14-34 - Sept. 19, 1987
Lost to No. 1 Georgia Southern at home - 3-13 - Sept. 17, 1988
Lost to No. 1 Georgia Southern on the road - 13-34 - Nov. 11, 1989
Defeated No. 1 Marshall at home - 33-31 - Oct. 2, 1993
Lost to No. 1 Marshall on the road - 20-56 - Oct. 1, 1994
Lost to No. 1 Marshall on the road - 0-45 - Oct. 5, 1996
Lost to No. 1 Georgia Southern on the road - 10-49 - Sept. 25, 1999
Lost to No. 1 Georgia Southern on the road - 7-70 - Sept. 22, 2001
Lost to No. 1 Georgia Southern on the road - 27-28 - Oct. 8, 2011

Regardless of the outcome of the game, Chris Mayes (Health & Human Performance), Zack Rayl (Integrated Studies), Faysal Shafaat (Psychology), Davis Tull (Health & Human Performance), Muhasibi Wakeel (Sociology) and Keon Williams (Integrated Studies) will have a very busy weekend. The teams charter is expected to return to Chattanooga around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. These six will get a few hours of sleep before attending graduation ceremonies in McKenzie Arena.


The Mocs are in the FCS Playoffs for the first time since 1984. That is the only other time UTC has competed in the postseason. Chattanooga lost their opening round game to Arkansas State that season (Nov. 24 - 10-37).

Chattanooga posted a perfect 7-0 record in the SoCon. Only three other times in school history did UTC go unbeaten and untied in conference play. The 1931 team was 8-0 and Dixie Conference Champions in Scrappy Moore's first year as head coach. The Mocs were 7-0 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1929 under Harold Drew. Chattanooga was 4-0 in the SIAA under Frank Thomas is 1927.

UTC is 512-510-35 in its 107th season of college football. The Mocs are above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2007 season when they faced No. 5 Wofford on Nov. 10.


In seven league games, the Mocs scored 41.9 points, while holding SoCon opponents to just 15.4 points. Those are top marks in the conference in both categories. The 26.5 margin of victory is the best in the SoCon since Marshall went 8-0 in 1996 with a 26.9 scoring advantage. The Thundering Herd went on to win the National Championship that season.

UTC cleaned house on the Southern Conference postseason awards. Russ Huesman, Davis Tull and Jacob Huesman swept coach, defensive, and offensive player of the year honors given out by the coaches and media, while Corey Levin took home the Jacobs Blocking Award.

All totaled, an astonishing 21 Mocs walked away with some type of recognition between the All-SoCon and all-freshman teams. A school-record 17 Mocs made the All-SoCon first or second teams, while a league-high six earned SoCon All-Freshman recognition.

Tull and Jacob Huesman become the sixth pair of teammates to sweep the media awards and the first duo to do so for UTC. They also took both honors from the coaches. Tull is currently on the Buchanan Watch List, while Huesman is a Payton Award candidate.

First team honorees for Chattanooga on offense include Huesman, Levin, senior tight end Faysal Shafaat and senior running back Keon Williams. Freshman center Jacob Revis was a consensus second-team pick, while the league's coaches gave senior receiver Tommy Hudson and sophomore receiver C.J. Board second team recognition.

Defensively, Tull was one of six Mocs to earn first team honors. He and senior defensive lineman Derrick Lott were picked by both the coaches and the media. Senior linebacker Muhasibi Wakeel and freshman defensive back Lucas Webb made the media's first team, while sophomore defensive backs Cedric Nettles and Dee Virgin made the coaches first team. Sophomore defensive lineman Keionta Davis and sophomore linebacker Nakevion Leslie were consensus second team selections on defense.

Senior punter Nick Pollard and sophomore kicker Henrique Ribeiro were both first team picks by the media. Ribeiro swept the top spot on both squads and Pollard made the coaches second team.

A league-high six newcomers made the SoCon All-Freshman team. Led by Webb and Revis, running back Richardre Bagley, offensive lineman Hunter Townson and defensive backs Tavon Lawson and Trevor Wright were also recognized by the league. Mercer was second with four on the all-freshman team.


In what is expected to be the first of many national postseason recognitions for the Chattanooga Mocs football team, three individuals earned All-American honors from College Sports Madness. Senior defensive end Davis Tull, senior tight end Faysal Shafaat and senior punt returner Tommy Hudson all made the College Sports Madness FCS All-American third team. Tull is just the second three-time All-American in the Mocs' Division I FCS history. The last was punter Pumpy Tudors from 1989-91. Shafaat earns his second All-American honor after being named to the CSM third team in 2012. Hudson is the first returner to earn All-American recognition since Stefpon Hawkins was named honorable mention by the Football Gazette in 1997.

• New Hampshire is the No. 1 seed of the NCAA FCS Championship, and the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in each of the last three national polls. UNH was also the No. 1 seed in 2005, when the 'Cats defeated Colgate

(55-21) in the first round and lost to Northern Iowa (24-21) in the quarterfinals.

• UNH enters Friday's NCAA quarterfinal game with an 11-1 overall record that includes 8-0 in the CAA and 6-0 at home. The Wildcats have won a program-record 11 consecutive games.

• UNH has won a school-record 13 consecutive home games.

• UNH has qualified for the NCAA FCS Championship tournament 11 consecutive years, the longest streak in the nation; the next longest active streak of five is held by North Dakota State.

• New Hampshire has a 4-0 record against nationally-ranked teams and has outscored them by an aggregate mark of 154-72.

• R.J. Harris' 13 receiving TDs are No. 6 in the FCS ... his 109.3 receiving yards per game are No. 5 in the country while his 7.3 receptions per game are ninth.

• New Hampshire is No. 3 in the nation on third down (87-170 - 51.%) ... the Mocs are No. 12 in the FCS in third down defense (57/181 - 30.9%) ... UTC just held Indiana State to 1/10 in such situations last weekend.

• UNH is No. 13 in the FCS in passing yards (277.0) ... UTC is No. 3 in the FCS in passing yards allowed (147.5).

• New Hampshire is No. 14 in the FCS in scoring offense (37.6) ... Chattanooga is No. 11 in the FCS in scoring defense (18.1).

• UNH's 37 sacks are No. 8 in the FCS ... the Mocs are No. 11 in the FCS after only allowing 13 sacks this season.

The 31-13 win against Wofford on Nov. 8 secured UTC's fifth winning record in the six years of the Russ Huesman era. UTC only had four winning seasons in the 23 years prior to Huesman's arrival in 2009 (1986-2008).

Senior Tommy Hudson has grabbed two SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week honors, thanks to two punt returns for touchdowns. He scored on a 66-yard return against Samford on Sept. 27. He also had a 58-yard return against Austin Peay. He is the first Moc in UTC's Division I era (since 1977) to have two PR for TDs in a season. His 9.7 PR average on 15 attempts is 21st in the FCS. He is a third team All-American pick at PR by College Sports Madness.

Seniors Davis Tull and Nick Pollard were both named CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District. Nominees must be in at least their second year at an institution and have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point-average. Tull is two-time All-American defensive end and the two-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The Knoxville, Tenn., native has a 3.52 g.p.a. as a Health & Human Performance major and is set to graduate in December. A two-time Academic All-SoCon honoree, this is Tull's third Academic All-District recognition. Last season, he became the first Capital One Academic All-American in the history of the UTC football program. Pollard is a three-time Academic All-SoCon punter and kicker. He graduated in May with a degree in Criminal Justice and a 3.69 g.p.a. He is currently working on his M.B.A. in the UTC School of Business. Pollard made the preseason All-SoCon team as a punter and is currently second in the league with a 42.3 average.

Senior Davis Tull is the SoCon's all-time leader with 37.0 career sacks. He is second among active players in the FCS for career sacks, first in TFLs (59.0) and is second in career forced fumbles (10). He is currently No. 4 all-time in the FCS, 5.0 short of the record set by Cal Poly's Chris Gocong (2001, 03-05).

Tull was named National Defensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network and SoCon Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Samford on Sept. 27. Tull had an outstanding game in the Mocs' 38-24 win, anchoring the Chattanooga defensive line with six tackles, four TFLs and two sacks. He also added a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries to his performance.

The three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year is back on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List for the second year in a row. He finished 13th in the national voting last season. He is the first Moc to win three league player of the year honors and the first defensive player to win three since Appalachian State's Dexter Coakley (1994-96).

Junior QB Jacob Huesman is climbing most of the offensive categories in the UTC record book. He took over UTC's total offense record against Wofford and is now fifth in SoCon history with 8,065.

Huesman earned three SoCon Offensive Player of the Week honors this season. His second award came with national recognition from The Sports Network, after putting up 458 yards in the win over Mercer. He also won the award after accounting for six touchdowns in the Mocs' 55-7 win over VMI on Oct. 4. He became the first Moc with 2,000 rushing yards and 4,000 passing yards, eclipsing both milestones in the win. His 28 career rushing TDs are tied for second all-time at UTC, two behind teammate Keon Williams.

Huesman is on the 2014 Walter Payton Award Watch List. The Payton Award goes to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and is presented annually by The Sports Network. Huesman was the 2013 Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year, throwing for 16 touchdowns and rushing for nine more last season. He is the fifth Moc to be named to the Payton Award Watch List in recent memory, including Chris Sanders (2000), Cos DeMatteo (2001), Alonzo Nix (2004) and B.J. Coleman (2011).

• Senior DE Davis Tull is the SoCon all-time leader with 37.0 career sacks. He is fourth on the NCAA all-time list, 5.0 behind the record held by Cal Poly's Chris Gocong (2001, 03-05). Tull has 10.5 sacks this season, 2.0 short of his single-season school record set in 2012.

• Junior QB Jacob Huesman has 51 career TD passes and needs one to catch B.J. Coleman (2009-11) for the Mocs' career record. He is also second in career rushing TDs with 28. He already has the school record for wins as a starting QB (23) and total offense (8,459).

• Senior RB Keon Williams broke Gene Roberts (1945-46) 68-year old record with two rushing TDs at Furman. He currently has 30 for his career.

• Senior TE Faysal Shafaat is fourth in all-time receiving TDs with 18. He needs one more to tie Terrell Owens (1992-95) for third.

• Freshman Lucas Webb is tied with Kadeem Wise (2010) for the UTC freshman record with six INTs.

• Sophomore kicker Henrique Ribeiro is second on the Mocs' single-season scoring list with 102 points ... school record is 117 by Gene Roberts (1946).

The Mocs are currently first in the SoCon and No. 20 in the FCS in red zone defense. They have stopped opposing teams eight times on 31 trips inside their 20. The eight stops are the most for the Mocs in a season since making nine in 2009.


UTC finished the 2013 season ranked in the top 25 of both major polls that are recognized by the NCAA. The Mocs were No. 23 in The Sports Network Top 25 and No. 25 in the final Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches poll. It was the first time Chattanooga was ranked in a season-ending Top 25 since earning a No. 17 spot in the final NCAA Division I-AA Top 20 in 1984. UTC was also No. 17 in the final 1982 poll, the first year of an official I-AA poll. UTC has been ranked for 25 weeks in the Russ Huesman era (since 2009). The Mocs are 14-10 when ranked in the Top 25 since 2010.


Defensive back Lucas Webb is enjoying a strong freshman season and is on the Jerry Rice Award watch list and is a first team All-SoCon selection. This Jerry Rice Award is for the national freshman of the year at the FCS level. He was the College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week after posting two INTs against Samford on Sept. 27. He was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week following the Sept. 6 game against Jacksonville State. He was credited with six tackles and returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter. The Northport, Ala., native was also credited with another pass break-up against the Gamecocks. He is currently second in the SoCon lead and No. 8 in the FCS with six INTs. He is the only freshman in the country with six picks and has tied UTC's freshman record for INTs.


The Mocs hung with No. 9 Jacksonville State on Sept. 6 thanks to a pair of defensive scores in the first half. Sophomore Dee Virgin ran one back 55 yards in the first quarter. Freshman Lucas Webb scored on a 37-yard pick just before halftime. It was the first time with two in a game for UTC since a 30-23 win over Tennessee Tech on Sept. 3, 2005 … (Quintez Smith - 30 yards & Jeff Phillips 35 yards).


A two-time SoCon Coach of the Year (2009 & 2013), Russ Huesman is 41-28 (.594) in his six years at Chattanooga after being hired as the 22nd head coach at UTC on Dec. 22, 2008. The Mocs won exactly 37 games in the 11 previous seasons to his arrival in 2009 (37-87).

A 1983 graduate of UTC and a former defensive back, Huesman guided Chattanooga to a 6-5 mark in 2009, equaling the number of wins UTC had seen in the previous three years combined. Huesman is 38-21 against FCS teams with 14 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including nine in the top 10. He is 30-17 (.638) in SoCon action. The program won 29 league games the previous 12 campaigns to 2009 (29-63). He is 22-10 (.688) at home, 19-18 (.514) on the road. There were just 17 road wins in the prior 12 years (1997-2008).

Prior to his return to Chattanooga, Huesman spent 25 seasons building a reputation as one of the top defensive-minded assistant coaches in the country. He spent five years as the defensive coordinator at the University of Richmond before joining UTC and also coached at Memphis (1998-2003) and William & Mary (14 yrs), serving as the defensive coordinator from 1996-97. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Huesman played prep football at perennial power Moeller High School, where he lettered for four years under head coach Gerry Faust.

The Chattanooga Mocs are in their 107th season of football in the fall of 2014. The University of Chattanooga was founded in 1886 and football began play in 1904. No teams were fielded in 1917 and 1918 due to World War I. There was also a two-year hiatus from football action during World War II in 1943 and 1944. The Mocs have an all-time record of 512-510-35 (.501) and have won 12 conference titles.

UTC has seen a dramatic growth in attendance at home football games since the hiring of Russ Huesman in December 2008. Seven of the Mocs' top 10 crowds in school history have come in the 32 home games of the Huesman era. Chattanooga is averaging 10,516 fans per game since the start of 2009. Prior to Huesman's arrival, UTC averaged 5,767 fans per game in the 2008 season. UTC averaged over 9,500 fans per game in each of his six years. Only once in the previous 12 seasons before Coach Huesman did Chattanooga football have that big of an average.
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