By Jay McDaniel, Assistant Sports Editor—
The Mocs traveled on Saturday to Furman University in South Carolina and took a 10-16 loss to the Paladins.
UTC fought till the end, but couldn’t put another touchdown on the board in the defensive showdown. Both teams offenses only managed for a total of 519 yards.
The Paladins started early, scoring 13 points in the first and second quarters before the Mocs could get on the board at all. The Mocs came back from halftime trailing 0-13, but put up ten points in the third and fourth while holding the Paladins to only a field goal.
“You can’t beat a good football team when you hurt yourself,” said Head Coach Tom Arth. “We had a number of self-inflicted wounds early on in the game…It is just hard to overcome that against a team like that.”
Chattanooga was able to keep it close, but couldn’t overcome the deficit that was handed to them in the first half. The game was coming to a close, but on a second-and-eight play on the Furman 14 yard line, defensive lineman Isaiah Mack, Tunnel Hill, Georgia, made a huge play as he forced a fumble and Rashun Freeman, Chattanooga, retrieved the ball.
“It is incredible,” said quarterback Nick Tiano, remembering his reaction to the turnover. “Knowing they were going to run the ball, and it’d be tough to get it back, the defense made a play. They gave us another opportunity, we were able to score and give us a chance with the on-side kick.”
The Mocs put up a long fight after going scoreless in the first half, but their efforts wound up too short to beat the Paladins. This loss brings the Mocs to 6-3 for the season, 4-3 in the SoCon, and Furman goes to 4-4 on the season and 4-2 in the Southern Conference.
Chattanooga next plays the Mercer Bears at home on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.