By Chris King, Sports Editor—
BATON ROUGE, La.— The LSU Tigers dominated in all phases of the game as the Mocs fell 45-10 in front of 97,289 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.
“We need to improve our consistency and how we execute,” said UTC coach Tom Arth. “We need to challenge ourselves to be the best we can be on every single play. I think if we take the right approach in practice, we will continue to see our team improve.”
The Mocs opened the game on a good note as UTC put together a 14-play drive that was capped off by a 22-yard field goal from freshman Victor Ulmo, Chattanooga. The early field goal gave the Mocs a 3-0 lead with 9:00 left in the first quarter.
LSU answered the Mocs’ scoring drive with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Danny Etling to Drake Davis. The touchdown strike gave LSU a 7-3 lead with 6:23 left in the first.
Heisman candidate Derrius Guice scored on a short run to give LSU a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Guice found the end zone again in the second quarter to give LSU a 21-3 lead. Guice rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.
Shortly after Guice’s second touchdown, LSU’s DJ Clark returned a punt 65 yards to give the Tigers a 28-3 lead with 3:22 left in the second quarter.
LSU dominated the second half much like the first.
The Tigers opened the second half with a 13-play drive that was finished by a Darrel Williams 4-yard touchdown. Williams added his second touchdown later in the third quarter to extend LSU’s lead to 42-3.
The Mocs scored early in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard rush from senior Darrell Bridges, Chattanooga. Bridges led the Mocs in rushing with 88 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Tiano, Chattanooga, threw for 174 yards and two interceptions. Junior Joe Parker, Castle Rock, Colorado, posted 104 receiving yards on six receptions.
Defensively, the Mocs were led by senior Tae Davis, Oxford, Alabama, who posted 13 tackles, one sack and one tackle-for-loss. Senior Lucas Webb, Northport, Alabama, posted 11 tackles.
With the loss, the Mocs fall to 0-2 on the season. UTC returns home to face UT Martin next Saturday at Finley Stadium. Kick off is set for 6:00 p.m.
“We have faced adversity this season which is important,” said Arth. “Overall, we want to take the experiences from these first few weeks and learn from them. I think that’s really going to help us moving forward.”