#9 Chattanooga Mocs (7-3, 6-0 Southern) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (4-6, 3-4 OVC)
Saturday, Nov. 15 • 1:30 p.m. CT
Tucker Stadium (16,500) • Cookeville, Tenn.
TV: OVC Digital Network
Series Record: Chattanooga leads 28-10
Last Meeting: Chattanooga won 31-7 (8/31/06)
Chattanooga Last Week: W, 31-13 vs. Wofford
Tennessee Tech Last Week: W, 27-26 vs. Southeast Missouri
GAME NOTES: In-state rivals Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech are playing for the first time since the 2006 season on Saturday. Overall it marks the 39th all-time meeting in the series. The two teams opened the 2006 campaign with the Mocs winning 31-7 in Cookeville. The game was tied at 7-7 following the first quarter before Eldra Buckley scored two of his three touchdowns in the second quarter to help push the Mocs to the victory; Buckley finished the game with 204 yards (11.3 yards/carry) while Erroll Wynn averaged 12.2 yards/carry on five carries. Lee Sweeney passed for 106 yards for TTU while Derek White led the rushing attack with 54 yards. Overall Chattanooga has won the last two meetings in the series; those two wins were preceded by three-straight wins by TTU (2002-04).
SCOUTING CHATTANOOGA: Chattanooga became the second FCS team to lockup a berth in the FCS Playoffs when it earned the Southern Conference’s automatic bid with a 31-13 win over Wofford on Saturday. The Mocs, ranked No. 9 in both of the latest national Top 25 polls, are now 6-0 in SoCon play with only a game with Furman left on their conference slate. It will mark the first playoff berth for the program since 1984 (and just second trip overall) and is the third outright SoCon title for the program (1979, 1984, 2014); UTC shared the league crown last year but missed out on the playoffs due to a tiebreaker. The Mocs played a challenging non-conference schedule and its only losses this season are to FBS foes Central Michigan and Tennessee and OVC foe Jacksonville State. Against Wofford junior quarterback Jacob Huesman completed 26-of-33 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown while Keon Williams rushed for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Huesman moved into eighth place in school history in total offense (7,382) and sixth place in career rushing yards (2,369) after running for 36 yards on 13 carries. On the season he has completed 66.2 percent of his passes while passing for 15 touchdowns and rushing for seven scores. Williams leads the team with 718 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
All-American Davis Tull has 16.5 tackles-for-loss and 10.0 sacks for the Chattanooga defense; he has 36.5 career sacks which is now tied for the SoCon all-time record.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH: Tech won its third OVC game of the season (its most Conference wins since winning the OVC Championship in 2011) by coming-from-behind to defeat Southeast Missouri 27-26. The Golden Eagles fell behind 13-0 and trailed for most of the fourth quarter until backup quarterback Jared Davis directed the team on a 76-yard scoring drive which was capped by a 32-yard touchdown run by Willie Davis. Davis finished the day with 216 passing yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 51 yards and a score. Davis had a team-high 75 yards on nine carries (8.3 ypc). Freshman Brock McCoin had seven catches for 120 yards, marking his second 100-yard receiving game of the season.
Senior Austin Tallant was named OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after registering 12 tackles and an interception in the win. He had a key stop on at the one-yard line on third down on Southeast’s final scoring drive of the day, causing the Redhawks to go for a field goal instead of a touchdown; Tallant also forced a incomplete pass on Southeast’s next-to-last play of the day, which resulted in a long field goal on the next play (which was blocked). As a team Tech ranks second nationally in fumbles recovered (16) and 10th in turnovers gained (23).