By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, TN – The Mocs traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the No.1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday, Nov. 23, where they finished the regular season with a 49-0 loss.
“I gotta give their (Chattanooga) players a lot of credit,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “They played hard in the game, and they’re well coached.”
Early in the first quarter, Chattanooga’s Nick Pollard, a junior from Smyrna, Tenn., kicked a rugby punt that was fumbled by Alabama, and recovered by sophomore Sema’je Kendall, from Huntsville, Ala.
The Mocs allowed Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron to run for 15 yards on a drive, but held them on a fourth-and-four on their own 38-yard line to force a turnover.
Terrell Robinson, a junior from South Pittsburgh, Tenn., got the start at quarterback and threw for 82 yards, with his longest being a 17 yard pass. Sophomore Jacob Huesman, from Chattanooga, came in for one play in the first quarter after Robinson’s helmet fell off.
At the end of the first quarter, the Mocs only trailed 7-0.
From there, Alabama scored three times in the second quarter, with one of them being a 75-yard punt return to go up 28-0. Before halftime, one of Pollard’s field goal attempts was blocked from 48 yards, and Alabama took over from the 42, but time had expired.
Alabama found the end zone three times in the third quarter, and once in the fourth to end the game 49-0.
Freshman Derrick Craine, from McDonough, Ga., ran for 32 yards on 10 attempts, and junior running back Marquis Green., from Palmetto, Fla., led the receiving with three catches for 15 yards.
Seniors Chaz Moore, from Memphis, and D.J. Key, from Centerville, Tenn., led the defensive effort with 10 tackles a piece.
“I thought our guys played hard. You played a great football team,” head coach Russ Huesman said. “I told our team; feel disappointed in losing the game, but that team has done this to a bunch of people. This year, last year, previous year. I don’t know if I could say we played as good as we could, but five years ago we came here and had 84 yards of total offense. Today we had 175. We shouldn’t be doing backflips about that.”
The following day was selection Sunday for the FCS playoffs at 11:30 a.m. on ESPNU, but the Mocs failed to get a bid at 8-4 (6-2 in SoCon) even though they finished with a share of the SoCon Championship.
Furman, who won an automatic bid due to tiebreakers, and Samford both received bids to represent the SoCon, as they won the previous day.