Mocs Take Down the Citadel 31-21
(gomocs.com) CHARLESTON—The 11th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs ground out a 31-21 win at The Citadel on a pristine Saturday afternoon at Johnson Hagood Stadium. It was the sixth win in the last seven trips to visit the Bulldogs.
It was a pivotal win in the Southern Conference standings. The Mocs are now 5-1 in the league, tied for second with Furman and Mercer, one game behind Samford. If you think that sounds bunched up, the nation agrees with Samford, Mocs, Bears and Paladins ranked 10-13 in the FCS Stats Perform Top 25.
“I am just really proud of these players and coaches bouncing back after last week and giving themselves an opportunity to come down here and win,” Coach Rusty Wright began to explain. “We had a lot of adversity from Friday morning until the time we got here, and I thought everybody handled it great. Everyone pitched in and we got a good team win.
“We had some guys get sick and could not play today. In 24 hours, we had to move Reuben from his over-hang spot on the corner to free safety. Kam Brown was sick today. There was a lot coaching and finagling going on this morning.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Mocs overcame a slow start with two third quarter touchdowns to stretch a 10-7 halftime advantage to 24-7. Ailym Ford scored his second of the game on the opening possession of the second half from five yards out. Camden Overton added a 36-yard score down the right sideline from Preston Hutchinson with 3:18 left in the frame.
The Bulldogs did not roll over. Quarterback Peyton Derrick connected with Christian Hilton and Cooper Wallace from 19 and 14 yards, respectively. Those touchdowns sandwiched a 1-yard burst from Gino Appleberry cementing the win.
The Mocs turned the ball over on downs with 2:45 remaining. The defense was in no mood to be charitable. Three sacks in four plays gave the Mocs the ball back with 1:18 remaining. Jay Person, Ben Brewton and Reuben Lowery III all got to the Derrick with Lowery’s ending any Bulldog threat.
The victory formation saw two snaps and all zeros on the scoreboard.
BY THE NUMBERS
QB – Preston Hutchinson – 12-20-1, 202 yards, 1 TD
RB – Ailym Ford – 29 carries, 130 yards, 2 TD & 3 catches for 67 yards (all team highs)
TE – Camden Overton – 1 catch, 36 yards, 1 TD
DB – Reuben Lowery III – 9 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
LB – Ty Boeck – 9 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
DT – Devonnsha Maxwell – 8 tackles, 1.0 sacks
Edge – Jay Person – 7 tackles, 2.5 TFL (1.0 sacks)
CB – Kameron Brown – 6 tackles (all solo stops) & 1 interception (41 return yards)
TOTAL OFFENSE – UTC: 350, CIT: 306
PASSING – UTC: 202, CIT: 118
RUSHING – UTC: 148, CIT: 188
RECORDS – #11 Chattanooga (7-2, 5-1 SoCon) – The Citadel (2-7, 2-5 SoCon)
SERIES – Chattanooga leads the all-time series 34-20-2 overall and 15-12-1 in Charleston.