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By Jake Moore, Staff Writer —
The Mocs sent a packed student section home happy with a 35-27 win over the VMI Keydets this Saturday.
UTC’s homecoming brought a big crowd to Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, including several notable UTC alumni such as Hall of Fame Wide Receiver, Terrell Owens.
“We are so fortunate to be apart of a University and a football program that has so much tradition,” Head Coach Tom Arth said, “and Alumni who have so much pride in this school and pride in this program.”
The opening possession of the game saw strong defense as Brandon Dowdell, Cordele GA., secured an interception that set the Mocs up within 15 yards of the end zone.
However VMI’s defense stopped the Mocs offense and forced a missed field goal by Victor Ulmo, Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Mocs also suffered a big loss defensively early in the first quarter when Derek Mahaffey, Oxford, Ala., was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“Derek is as good as they come,” Arth said. “You can’t let emotion get the better of you.”
Following this ejection, the Keydets scored a goal line touchdown sending them to an 0-7 lead over the Mocs.
The Mocs’ next offensive drive ended with an pick-six. VMI extended their lead 0-14.
However, the next drive was quick and successful. It only took three plays for Nick Tiano, Chattanooga, Tenn., to find his favorite target—receiver Bryce Nunnelly, Cleveland, Tenn.— for a 64-yard touchdown pass.
VMI opened the second quarter with an impressive slant route touchdown pass, sending their lead to 7-21.
When UTC got their chance to strike back, the capitalized thanks to several pass interference penalties on VMI. With the Mocs on the one-yard line. Tyrell Price, Abbeville, MS., dove into the endzone to narrow VMI’s lead to a single touchdown.
The Mocs continued their offensive showcase with a game tying touchdown pass courtesy of Wil Young, Mobile, Ala.
At the end of the first half, the score was tied at 21.
Defense was key at the beginning of the second half, as defensive lineman Isaiah Mack, Tunnel Hill, Ga., recorded his 2 and a half sacks, reaching third on the all time sack list at UTC.
The Mocs took their first lead of the game near the middle of the third quarter with a 14-play drive that took 8 minutes and 10 seconds off the clock.
The Mocs forced a major turnover that gave UTC phenomenal field position toward the end of the third quarter; however, the Mocs failed to capitalize and turned the ball over on downs.
In the fourth quarter, Tiano’s passing began to heat up completing two consecutive 10+ yard first down passes. These throws ended in a Mocs touchdown run by Alex Trotter, Chattanooga, Tenn., which extended the Mocs lead to 34-21.
With a minute left in the game, VMI scored yet again however it was too little to late and the Mocs secured a 34-27 victory.
The Mocs improve their record to 6-2 on the season while VMI drops to 0-8.
UTC will leave the scenic city next weekend to face Furman.