Wofford falls to Chattanooga on the road

College Football

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Wofford Athletics)– Chattanooga defeated Wofford 24-13 at Finley Stadium on Saturday handing the Terriers their first loss of the spring season.

The Mocs held the Terrier offense to under 200 yards and took advantage of several short-field situations to earn the victory.

Wofford is 1-1 overall and Chattanooga is 1-1 on the season. The Terriers were led by Ryan Lovelace with 82 rushing yards and Irvin Mulligan with 40 rushing yards. Drayton Arnold was 15-of-25 passing for 223 yards and a touchdown for the Mocs.

“I thought defensively up front we battled despite being down personnel on the defensive line and being forced to play some linebackers up front,” said Wofford head coach Josh Conklin. “We didn’t play well enough and didn’t do a good enough job scoring points in the red zone like we did last week. We didn’t get off the field on defensive on third down when we needed. We needed to get off the field on the first drive of the second half in three or six plays and when they held it for eight minutes, even without points, those reps stacked up. We have a lot to improve upon moving forward, but we have a lot of young guys who are taking reps that will help us in the future. 

The Terriers had the ball first and had four first downs before Jimmy Weirick scored from two yards out giving Wofford a 7-0 lead with 10:29 on the clock. Chattanooga then had three first downs to move down the field. Faced with fourth-and-two from the two-yard line, a pass to Jay Gibson in the endzone made it a 7-7 game with 3:04 left in the first quarter. On the next drive by Wofford, a holding call pushed the Terriers back and they had to punt. The Mocs gained one first down before punting back to Wofford.

Wofford was able to put together four first downs before the drive stalled and Walker Gliarmis hit a 36-yard field goal to give the Terriers a 10-7 lead at the 5:23 mark of the second quarter. The had two first downs and then punted, but the return was muffed and the Mocs recovered at the two-yard line. They scored two plays later on a one-yard run by Tyrell Price for a 14-10 lead with 55 seconds remaining in the first half. Wofford ran three plays before the end of the half.

To open the second half, the Mocs had three first downs and then converted a fourth-and-four to move into the red-zone. A sack by Tanner Barnes brought up another fourth down and a 40-yard field goal was missed wide left after taking 8:32 off the clock in the quarter. Ryan Lovelace had a 38-yard run to begin the next drive by the Terriers. First downs by Irvin Mulligan and Ryan Lovelace moved the ball inside the 15-yard line and the Terriers faced fourth-and-four at the seven-yard line. Walker Gliarmis made a 24-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-13 with 2:15 left in the third quarter.

The Mocs used two big pass plays to move inside the 15-yard line. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Gino Appleberry scored a five-yard touchdown for a 21-13 lead at the 14:55 mark. After a miscue on the kickoff return, the Terriers began the ensuing drive on the four-yard line. A three-and-out gave the Mocs the ball at the 48-yard line after a punt. They took advantage of the short field and added a 25-yard field goal to make it a 24-13 game with 11:18 left on the clock.

A roughing the passer call gave the Terriers a first down, but Jimmy Weirick was sacked on the next play. On third down, an interception by Jerrell Lawson gave the Mocs the ball back at the 34-yard line. After one first down, the punter fumbled the snap and the Terriers took over at the 26-yard line. On the first play with the ball back, the Mocs were called for pass interference. The Terriers had fourth-and-seven and the pass was incomplete in the endzone with 3:04 left in the game.

Wofford had 199 total yards, with 148 rushing yards. Chattanooga had 301 total yards, 223 of which were passing. Wofford had 14 first downs, while Chattanooga had 18. Wofford was 5-of-12 on third down and Chattanooga was 7-of-15 on third down. The Terriers were 0-of-1 on fourth down and the Mocs was 2-of-3 on fourth down. Wofford was called for four penalties to six for Chattanooga. The Mocs had a 33:44 to 26:16 time of possession advantage.

The Terriers return home on March 6 to host East Tennessee State at 1:00 p.m.

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