The University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s (UTC) offense was more train like than snake, as it amassed 401 yards in rushing to soundly defeat Georgia State 42-14 in Atlanta Saturday afternoon.
Unlike last week’s 14 point giveaway loss to Samford, the home standing Panthers were only close to their first win at kickoff. UTC scored on three of its four first half possessions dominating the play clock in the process (18.02 minutes).
Sophomore quarterback Jacob Huesman (embed link) engineered a 12 play 70 yard drive for the first score of the game. Junior running back Keon Williams capped the drive with a two yard dive over a trio of Panthers defenders.
The Panthers appeared to be ready to contend on defense stopping the Mocs offense 27 yards short of the end zone. Rather than settle for a field goal attempt the Mocs pulled out the old fake punt. Huesman, in as the holder, rolled to his right only to throw back to his left to a wide open Faysal Shafaat for six.
Up 21-0 to start the third, UTC took their first possession of the half 79 yards down the field for another Jacob Huesman rushing touchdown. The native from Chattanooga rushed for 2 touchdowns, passed for two more, and led the Mocs to over 480 yards of offense.
Mocs Head Coach Russ Huesman was satisfied with the performance. “There was a lot of running room out there,” said Huesman. “The line blocked well and give the running backs credit, they ran hard. I thought the offensive line was really strong today.”
Georgia State added two touchdowns in the 4th quarter but there was no threat of a comeback. Playmaker Albert Wilson and receiving mate Robert Davis both finished with over a 100 yards receiving. Despite the yardage totals, University of Georgia transfer Derrick Lott led the Mocs defensive front. UTC held the Panthers to just 30 yards on the ground, 2 sacks and 6 quarterback hurries.
“They manhandled us up front,” said Panthers Head Coach Trent Miles. “They got pressure on our quarterback. They hit him. They knocked our guys back in the running game. We weren’t able to run the football. It wasn’t a schematic problem one bit.”
UTC will face Austin Peay at home next week. Buy Tickets here. Georgia State will go on the road for the first time this year where they will face the Mountaineers of West Virginia.
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