#5 Mocs at Wofford game notes
CHATTANOOGA, TN (gomocs.com) -- The fifth-ranked Chattanooga Mocs stay on the road for the fourth time in the last six weeks when they visit Wofford on Saturday, Oct. 24. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.
Chattanooga boasts its highest national ranking in school history, with a 5-1 overall and a 3-0 mark in league play. The Mocs are on a five-game winning streak and have won 10 consecutive Southern Conference matchups.
Wofford is 3-4 overall and looking to snap a two-game slide. The Terriers are 1-2 in league games, including an overtime win over Mercer (34-33) and losses at The Citadel (39-12) and last week to Western Carolina (24-17).
MOCS SPORTS NETWORK
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 US 101 The Legend at 96.1 on their mobile device.
The Wofford game is also produced for the SoCon Digital Network. A link to the broadcast is available on the football schedule page on GoMocs.com.
QUICK NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOCS
• UTC head coach Russ Huesman is in his seventh season at his alma mater. He is 46-30 overall and 32-17 in Southern Conference action.
• The Mocs led the SoCon in home attendance, averaging 10,146 in six games in 2014 ... UTC hit that mark only four previous times in school history ... three of those in the Russ Huesman era (2009, 2010, 2011). UTC is currently No. 26 in the FCS in home attendance, averaging 10,978 fans in three home games.
• The Mocs have won 10 consecutive SoCon games ... longest such streak in school history and longest in the league since Appalachian State won 26 straight from 2006-09.
• The No. 5 national ranking in both the STATS.com and FCS Coaches Polls is the highest in the FCS in school history. UTC was ranked as high as No. 3 on Nov. 1, 1968, in the small college top 20, before the FCS was created in 1978.
• Senior QB Jacob Huesman finished tied for 11th in the Walter Payton Award voting and was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year in 2014. He is the preseason SoCon Player of the Year in 2015 and on the STATS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List.
• Junior offensive lineman Corey Levin won the Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive lineman in the SoCon last season.
• The Mocs are currently 11th in the FCS on third down (45/90 - 50.0%).
• Chattanooga leads the SoCon and is No. 6 in the FCS in Time of Possession (33:38).
• The Mocs have run for 245+ yards in the last five outings ... first time that has happened since 1980.
• Chattanooga is No. 13 in the FCS in rushing offense at 238.8 yards per game.
• Chattanooga sacked Samford’s Michael Eubank six times for -38 yards … most sacks in a game for the Mocs since recording six against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 18, 2010 ... UTC also had five sacks at VMI ... the Mocs have 22 sacks on the year, No. 1 in the SoCon and No. 4 in the FCS.
• Chattanooga is strong on third down, allowing just 33.7% (29/86) conversion. That leads the SoCon and is No. 27 in the FCS.
• Mocs are allowing a SoCon-low 18.0 ppg ... that is No. 16 in the nation.
• Chattanooga leads the SoCon and is No. 10 in the FCS in first down defense (15.0).
• UTC is second in the SoCon and No. 21 in the FCS in passing yards allowed (173.0).
• The Mocs have posted a pick-6 in each of the last three games ... four defensive scores overall this season is the most since 2011 ... 17 in the Huesman era and 14 in the last four years.
• Chattanooga has not allowed over 300 yards of total offense in any of the last three games.
• Junior DL Keionta Davis leads the SoCon in sacks (8.5) and TFLs (11.5). He is second in the nation in both categories.
• The Mocs lead the SoCon and at No. 12 in the nation in total defense (294.3 ypg).
• Junior Henrique Ribeiro is a preseason first team All-SoCon pick and on the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List ... he is also a five-time SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week ... three honors this season, including the last two.
• Ribeiro is averaging 43.5 yards per punt ... that leads the SoCon and would be No. 10 in the FCS if he had enough attempts.
• Ribeiro is 8-10 on FGs this season ... that leads the SoCon in makes and %.
• Junior C.J. Board had a career-long 48-yard punt return against Jacksonville State. He is No. 15 in the FCS, averaging 13.3 yards per return.
NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE WOFFORD SERIES
• This is the 22nd meeting between these two teams, dating back to 1927.
• Wofford leads 11-10, giving the Mocs a chance to even the all-time series on Saturday.
• The Mocs are 3-3 against Wofford in the Russ Huesman era (since 2009).
• UTC has lost seven straight at Wofford ... UTC’s only FCS road win in the series was a 31-3 victory on Oct. 3, 1998.
• Chattanooga junior lineman Corey Levin and Wofford QB Brandon Goodson both graduated from Dacula (Ga.) High School.
• Wofford freshman DB JoJo Tillery graduated from Chattanooga’s East Ridge High School.
• Wofford junior OL Tye Youngblood is from Chickamauga, Ga., and graduated from McCallie.
• Wofford sophomore TE Chandler Gouger is from Chattanooga and graduated from Baylor.
• The Terriers return a total of ten starters on offense and eight starters on defense, along with two specialists.
• Players named to the 2015 Preseason All-Southern Conference team include OL Anton Wahrby and P Brian Sanders on the first team, while RB Lorenzo Long, OL T.J. Chamberlin, DL E.J. Speller, LB Terrance Morris, LB Drake Michaelson and RS Will Gay were named to the second team.
• Wofford has used three different starting quarterbacks this season ... Brad Butler is 6/14 passing with 81 rushing yards in two starts ... Brandon Goodson is 3/8 passing with 24 rushing yards in starts at Clemson, Mercer and The Citadel ... Evan Jacks is 28/46 passing with 325 rushing yards in six games, including two starts.
• Lorenzo Long leads the team in rushing with 523 yards on 98 carries, along with six touchdowns.
• Ray Smith has 309 yards on 60 carries and four touchdowns.
• R.J. Taylor is the leading receiver with 141 yards on eleven catches.
• Drake Michaelson leads the team with 49 tackles.
• Miles Brown and Michaelson have 3.5 tackles for loss each.
• Four different players have interceptions.
• David Marvin is 8-of-11 on field goals and 17-of-19 on PATs to lead the team in scoring with 36 points.
LAST TIME VS. WOFFORD - NOV. 11, 2014
• The No. 11 Chattanooga Mocs clinched the SoCon’s automatic bid to the FCS Championships with a 31-13 … UTC improved to 7-3 overall and 6-0 in SoCon action … Wofford dropped to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in league play.
• Wofford’s Ray Smith scored on a 72-yard run in the first quarter … longest run against UTC since a 76-yard score by Appalachian State’s Armanti Edwards on Nov. 8, 2008.
• UTC had not allowed a sack in the previous three games … gave up back-to-back to end the first half.
• Wofford had 184 yards of total offense at the break … 34 in the third quarter … 311 for the game … take away their two big scoring runs of 72 and 42 yards and they had 197 yards on 56 plays (3.5/snap) … Mocs came into the game No. 9 in the FCS in total defense (286.0).
• 13 points was a season-low for Wofford … Mocs came into the game No. 13 in the FCS in scoring defense (19.2).
• 11 first downs was a season low for Wofford … UTC came into the game No. 13 in the FCS in first down defense (14.9).
• The Mocs ran a season-high 77 plays … put up 382 yards of total offense in the win.
• 286 yards of total offense (250 pass, 36 rush) gave him the UTC career record with 7,382 ... 26-33 passing for 250 yards and one TD … completed 12 straight between second and third quarter … season-high completions … tied a career-high for attempts set against Mercer earlier this season ... ran 13 times for 36 yards.
• Nakevion Leslie – Career-high 2.5 TFLs ... five tackles overall.
• Lucas Webb – Career-high nine tackles ... fifth INT of the season.
HUESMAN’S ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior QB Jacob Huesman is the Mocs’ first two-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Year and will own most of UTC’s school records by the end of the season. Here is a look at where he ranks in the league and school record books. See the sidebar on page 7 for a detailed look at the record books.
• 28-12 record as a starter at QB ... most wins by a starting QB in school history.
• Career accuracy 66.9% (646-966) is a SoCon record and second among among active players in the FCS ... 68.3% (164/240) in 2013 and 68.5% (226/330) in 2014 are the top two marks for season completion percentage in school history.
• 10,390 yards of total offense is the UTC record ... one of only three in SoCon history with more than 10,000 yards ... second among active players in the FCS in total offense ... 49th in FCS history to top 10,000 yards.
• 59 TDs and 21 INTs ... school record for passing TDs ... tied with Appalachian State’s Richie Williams (2002-05) for third all-time in the SoCon.
• Second all-time at UTC with 7,042 passing yards ... needs 189 yards to pass Chris Sanders (1999-00) for the school record.
• School-record 646 completions is fifth all-time in the SoCon ... 48 shy of Greg Ryan (ETSU - 1993-96) for fourth.
• Second all-time at UTC with 3,348 rushing yards ... needs 308 yards to pass Gwain Durden (1977-80) for the school record ... needs 129 yards to pass James Madison’s Rodney Landers (2005-08) for ninth all-time in rushing yards for FCS quarterbacks.
• School-record 34 career rushing TDs.
• 93 total TDs is a school record and second among active players in the FCS and third all-time in the SoCon.
• 204 career points is third all-time at UTC ... needs 12 points to pass Rodney Allen (1989-92) for second.
• First Moc with 4,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in a career ... topped both marks against VMI on Oct. 4, 2014 ... active career leader in the SoCon for rushing yards and passing yards.
• Just the third in SoCon history with 4,000 passing and 3,000 rushing [Armanti Edwards - ASU (2006-09), Greg Hill - GSU (1996-99)].
KEIONTA DAVIS HAVING A GREAT YEAR
Keionta Davis is up to No. 2 in the FCS in sacks (8.5) and TFLs (11.5). He is already third all-time at UTC with 15.5 in his career. That would make the top 3 in school history all under the tutelage of Russ Huesman and defensive line coach Marcus West. Davis Tull (2010-14) – 37.0 and Josh Williams (2009-13) 23.0 are the other two.
RIBEIRO ONE OF THE TOP KICKERS AROUND
Junior Henrique Ribeiro is having a great year kicking and punting. The Fred Mitchell Award Candidate is 19-19 on PATs and has a current streak of 65 in a row is a school record and the seventh longest streak in SoCon history. He is 8-10 on field goals on the year, after tying a school record with four at VMI. He leads the SoCon in both makes and percentage. A three-time SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week, Ribeiro is also leading the SoCon in punting at 43.5 yards per kick.
IT’S ALL IN THE NAME
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.”
COACH HUESMAN AT A GLANCE
A three-time SoCon Coach of the Year (2009, 2013, 2014), Russ Huesman is 46-30 (.605) in his seven years at Chattanooga after being hired as the 22nd head coach at UTC on Dec. 22, 2008. The Mocs won 44 games in the 12 previous seasons to his arrival in 2009.
Huesman was 10th in the voting for the Eddie Robinson Award for the National Coach of the Year in 2014. He garnered 109 points, including seven first-place nods. It was the second year in a row he was a finalist for the Robinson Award, finishing 17th in 2013.
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 40-22 against FCS teams with 15 of those losses coming against ranked opponents, including 10 in the Top 10. He is 33-17 (.660) in SoCon action. The program won 29 league games the previous 12 campaigns to 2009 (29-63). He is 24-11 (.686) at home, 22-19 (.534) 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.