Bagley and Roberson Run Wild in Win Over WCU
CHATTANOOGA—(GOMOCS.COM) The No. 8 Chattanooga Mocs ran to a 38-25 Southern Conference victory at Western Carolina Saturday afternoon. The Mocs amassed a season-high 323 yards of rushing with 515 in total offense.
Junior running back Richardre Bagley posted his second straight 100-yard day with a team-best 126 yards on 19 carries. Junior quarterback Tyler Roberson got in the act as well with 121 and a score.
“We had a great game plan going into this week,” junior center Jacob Revis shared. “We executed pretty well up front, and the running backs always make us look good. We play well together as a unit.
“Anytime you run for more than 200 yards, you’re doing something right, and it means those guys in the backfield are making us look good too.”
The Mocs scored on their first four drives to build a 28-10 lead. It started with a 60-yard strike from Alejandro Bennifield to C.J. Board. Bagley’s six and one-yard scoring runs sandwiched a 54-yard scamper from Roberson.
Board keyed a 31-10 halftime advantage. After a turnover, the defense forced a three-and-out with just 38 seconds ticking off the clock. Western’s Ian Berryman boomed a 52-yard punt that Board collected at the 13. Seventy-two yards later, Henrique Ribeiro jogged on the field for a 32-yarder to send the squad into the half.
The opening possession of the second half was the Mocs’ last scoring drive. They marched 69 yards with Bagley earning his third TD on an eight-yard pass from Bennifield.
The Catamounts scored twice to keep the score close. Detrez Newsome’s 95-yard run with 40 seconds remaining in the third is the longest play against UTC in school history. The other score came with 13 seconds left in the contest.
“This time of year…every win is a big win,” coach Russ Huesman said. “We told our guys before-hand that we are playing for a championship. Whether we are playing for one of not, I told them we are playing for a championship.
“I thought offensively we played really, really well. Defensively, we were not very good. Obviously, we’ve got to get better. I think defensive-line-wise we did a nice job and put a lot of pressure on them.”
Along with Bagley and Roberson, sophomore Alex Trotter had a career-high 53 yards on eight rushes. Bennifield threw for 192 yards completing 11 of 16 with two touchdowns and an interception. Board caught two passes for 107 yards as the Mocs had two 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver for just the sixth time in the program’s records.
Newsome ran for 277 yards on 16 carries with 170 coming on his two scoring runs. Tyrie Adams threw for 117 yards on 13 of 23 passing including the late fourth-quarter TD. Spearman Robinson had five catches for 53 yards and a TD.
The defense accumulated four sacks led by Isaiah Mack’s two. Vantrel McMillan and Dale Warren added one each as McMillan tallied three tackles for loss, three QB hurries and a forced fumble. Warren had a game-high 13 total tackles. Kendall White paced the Cats defenders with 10 stops.
The Mocs head into next weekend’s off week at 8-1, 6-1 in the SoCon. They return to Finley Stadium on Nov. 12 welcoming the Wofford Terriers in the home finale. Tickets for Senior Day, as well as Military Appreciation, are linked above or call (423) 266-MOCS (6627),