CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Wofford College) – The Wofford football team was defeated 20-10 by Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon at Finley Stadium. The Mocs jumped out to a 14-0 lead and added two field goals after Wofford turnovers to earn the victory.
The Terriers move to 5-4 and 4-2 in the Southern Conference. Chattanooga is 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the SoCon to clinch at least a share of the 2013 title. Wofford was led by Donovan Johnson with 80 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Mocs were led by quarterback Jacob Huesman with 116 rushing yards and 151 passing yards on the day.
“Turnovers were a problem and you can’t beat a good football team turning it over that many times,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We thought when we came into the game we had a chance to be successful. Defensively we got off to a slow start. They had a nice plan and were able the ball straight down the field on us. We settled in on defense and offensively we had some big plays but the continuity was just not there. We had a chance with the game at 17-10 and we had the ball down the field and the ball got away on the option and we lost an opportunity. The kids on defense fought really hard to give us a chance. We are a team that has to get consistent and if you are not consistent in this league you are not going to beat good teams. Everyone we played is a pretty good team. There are two games left and we are going to play it out.”
The Mocs took the opening kickoff and scored on a seven-yard touchdown run by Jacob Huesman for a 7-0 lead at 12:17 in the first quarter. Wofford went three-and-out and punted on their first possession of the game. Chattanooga went on an eight play drive that covered 66 yard and was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Kendrix Huitt for a 14-0 lead with 7:19 left in the first quarter.
Wofford converted a fourth-and-one and then gained three more first downs before getting on the board with a 25-yard field goal by Kasey Redfern for a 14-3 score at 14:17 in the second quarter. The Mocs were forced three and out-and-punted on their next drive. The Terriers gained two first downs before having to punt back to the Mocs.
Chattanooga took over at the six-yard line, but went three-and-out and punted. The punt went 78-yards and Wofford took over at the nine-yard line with 7:44 left in the second quarter. Wofford gained one first down before a long pass was intercepted by Dee Virgin at the 40-yard line. The Mocs took advantage of the turnover and added a 29-yard field goal for a 17-3 lead with 2:20 remaining in the first half. Wofford was forced three-and-out and punted, with the Mocs taking over with 1:17 left. A 45-yard field goal as time expired was wide left.
The Terriers opened the second half with the ball. On the second play of the drive, a 60-yard halfback pass from Will Gay to Will Irwin set-up a two-yard touchdown run by Donovan Johnson. The Mocs lead was 17-10 at the 13:54 mark of the third quarter. Chattanooga was stopped on a fourth-and-one when SeQuan Stanley tackled Jacob Huesman for a loss. Wofford gained one first down before punting and the Mocs took over at the two-yard line. Chattanooga went three-and-out and punted.
Wofford had the ball back at the 46-yard line with 4:46 left in the third quarter. A pass interference call gave the Terriers a first down. After a first down run by Ray Smith, a fumble at the 10-yard line was recovered by Zach McCarter and the Mocs took over. After gaining four first downs, Chattanooga added to the lead with a 42-yard field goal for a 20-10 score with 11:51 left in the fourth quarter.
After gaining one first down, the Wofford offense punted following a sack. The Mocs picked up two three downs before a fumble was forced by Bernard Williams and recovered by Chris Armfield. The Terriers took over at the 32-yard line with 4:26 left in the game. Wofford quarterback Evan Jacks was sacked on third down and fumbled, which was recovered by Daniel Ring. The Mocs failed to convert on fourth-and-eight and Wofford had the ball back with 2:58 remaining. After Donovan Johnson ran for a first down, Evan Jacks was intercepted on fourth-and-seven. The Mocs took a knee three times to run out the clock for the 20-10 win.
Wofford had 271 total yards, with 172 on the ground. Chattanooga had 384 total yards, 233 of which were rushing. Wofford had 15 first downs, while Chattanooga had 21. Wofford was 6-of-15 on third downs and 1-of-2 on fourth downs. Chattanooga was 6-of-14 on third down and 0-of-2 on fourth down. Wofford had two penalties and Chattanooga had one. Chattanooga had a 31:43 to 28:17 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. Chattanooga Post-Game Notes
Linebacker Alvin Scioneaux missed the game due to a hip injury.
Will Gay completed his second halfback pass of the season on a 60-yard catch by Will Irwin in the third quarter. Gay is 2-of-3 for 106 yards passing this season.
Game captains were Caleb Lucas and Mike McCrimon.
Attendance was 12,090 at Finley Stadium, tenth largest in Chattanooga history at Finley.
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