Mocs Finally “Restore The Glory”, Earn First Playoff Bid In 30 Years

         In 2009, UTC hired head coach Russ Huesman with one mission in mind, to "Restore The Glory". Saturday afternoon at Finley Stadium, it was mission accomplished. The Mocs nailed down their first FCS playoff birth in 30 years with a 31-13 win over Wofford. That victory, combined with Samford’s 34-20 win over Western Carolina, gave UTC their first outright Southern Conference title.
         Jacob Huesman led the Mocs with 286 total yards and one passing touchdown. Huesman became the Mocs all-time career leader in total yardage, passing Chris Sanders for the record. Keon Williams rushed for 91 tough yards on 27 carries and scored three times, leaving him one shy of the school record of 28 touchdowns.
        After Wofford’s Ray Smith raced 72 yards to open the scoring, the Mocs blocked the extra point to hold the Terrier lead at 6-0. Williams responded with his first touchdown of the day on a 7 yard score. The extra point was good to give UTC a 7-6 lead they would never relinquish.
        UTC added to the lead in the second quarter, when Huesman found Faysal Shafaat with a five yard score to take a 14-6 lead. 
        The Terriers broke off another long run to creep within a point after Lorenzo Long hit the right side of the Mocs line and scooted 42 yards for the score, cutting the UTC lead to 14-13.
        From there, the Mocs scored 17 unanswered points, 14 of those coming on two Keon Williams touchdown runs, to put the game on ice and celebrate a Southern Conference title with the 31-13 win.
        Next up for the Mocs, a trip to Cookeville to face Tennessee Tech before ending the regular season at Furman. UTC will likely have to win both remaining games to have a shot at a top 8 national seed in the FCS playoffs.
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