Mocs Find Another Route To Heartbreak, Lose To JSU In OT 26-23

      For one brief moment, the Chattanooga Mocs celebrated a victory over 9th ranked Jacksonville St. An untimely penalty and a 13 yard touchdown run by Eli Jenkins in overtime ended the celebration and handed the Mocs a 26-23 overtime defeat. Chattanooga overcame one of their worst offensive performances on record, just 111 total yards, to stay competitive with the Gamecocks.
      UTC managed to tie the Gamecocks with 20 points in regulation without scoring a single offensive touchdown.  Chattanooga appeared to win the game with under a minute left, when Tommy Hudson returned a Jacksonville State punt 55 yard for a touchdown. The score was nullified by a blocking in the back penalty, and the Mocs had to settle for over time.
      In the first extra period, Henrique Ribero’s 29 yard field goal staked the Mocs to a 23-20 lead. A lead that was short lived, as Jenkins ended the contest with his 13 yard score.
      Chattanooga’s defense was forced to carry the load on both sides of the ball for the Mocs. In addition to holding JSU to just three second half points, the UTC defense also accounted for both Chattanooga touchdowns.
      After Miles Jones scored on a 12 yard first quarter run to give JSU a 7-0 lead, the Mocs even the score after Dee Virgin snatched Eli Jenkins’ pass out of the air and raced 55 yards for the tying score.
      UTC once again fell behind 17-7 after a DeMarcus James 4 yard scoring run. The UTC defense was again up to the task of getting points on the board, when Lucas Webb picked off Max Shortell and jetted 37 yards for a score to cut the JSU lead to 17-14. After a JSU field goal gave the Gamecocks a 20-14 advantage, the Mocs finally got into the positive yards column on offense with a couple of nine play drives. Those only resulted in two Ribeiro field goals to eventually tie the game at 20.
      Chattanooga managed to stay in the game despite some serious offensive woes. Chattanooga’s 111 yards of total offense was the lowest since Alabama held the Mocs to just 84 total yards in 2009.
       "We are going to have to figure out something offensively. If us as coaches cannot get them in better situation to be succcessful, then we are going to make changes. We are going to figure something out here. We are not getting it done. I mean that’s the second half of Central Michigan and this whole game. What did we have? 111 yards…that’s awful," UTC head coach Russ Huesman said afterward. 
       Keon Williams led the Mocs with 74 yards on 24 carries. Jacob Huesman was just 9-16 for 38 yards and was sacked four times.
       Chattanooga travels to Austin Peay next Saturday. Kickoff is at 5pm.
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