UTC wins football home openerUTC's Davis Tull brings down Glenville State's Rahmann Lee Thursday at Finley Stadium.
The defense dominated.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive players made it almost impossible for Glenville State to score in the Mocs' 35-0 win Thursday night at Finley Stadium.
The Mocs limited the Pioneers (1-2) to five first downs, 17 rushing yards, 61 passing yards and a total of 78 yards for the game. UTC gained 97 yards on one drive.
"The tackles got a lot of pressure, we got up the field, the DBs stayed in coverage, and that allowed us to tee off on their quarterback," said UTC defensive end Davis Tull, who sacked quarterback Darold Hughes for the first time this season.
The Mocs (1-2) recorded four sacks, including two for Tull, who pressured Hughes into throwing an interception that Wes Dothard plucked out of the air. Zack Rayl and Keyon Reed forced fumbles and Josh Williams covered one.
"I thought defensively, we played very well and got after it," coach Russ Huesman said. "I thought our defense stepped up and played like they're supposed to play. We played pretty well."
The Mocs improved to 2-0 on Thursdays under Coach Huesman and 4-3 on Thursday's all-time. Huesman's first Thursday game was his first as UTC's coach, a 30-13 win over Glenville State to open the 2009 season.
UTC had to bring in the Pioneers for this game as a substitute for Presbyterian, which had to back out of the scheduled game because of a conflict. Presbyterian paid $50,000 to cancel the game, and UTC sent that money Glenville State's way.
As part of UTC's original four-game deal with the Blue Hose, Presbyterian will be back on the schedule in 2015 and '16.
Green more involved
UTC running back Marquis Green hardly touched the ball last Saturday at Jacksonville State, gaining 8 yards on three carries. He was a little busier against the Pioneers.
The speedy sophomore had nine carries for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
"It's all in the game plan, I guess," Green said. "They tried to get me on the edge a little bit more tonight."
Mocs cornerback Chaz Moore came into the game second in the Football Championship Subdivision iat 36.7 yards per kick return after a pair of big returns -- 42 and 48 yards -- at Jacksonville State.
Against the Pioneers, the junior didn't have much to do. Glenville State didn't kick off until the start of the second half, and Moore returned that kick only 21 yards. He also had a 1-yard punt return.
Mocs running back Keon Williams (nine carries, 42 yards) left the game in the second quarter (hand) and did not return. ... UTC's kicking game was far from perfect. Nick Pollard fumbled a snap on a punt and kicker Henrique Ribeiro missed a 41-yard field-goal attempt. ... Redshirt freshman tight ends Troy Dye and Jarrod Colemen caught their first passes as collegians. ... UTC senior golfer Steven Fox was honored at halftime for his victory in the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills last month.
John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...