Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

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Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Hall of Fame wide receiver and UTC alumni Terrell Owens records a video on his phone as he leads the Mocs walk from First Tennessee Pavilion into Finley Stadium on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC quarterback Nick Tiano walks into Finley Stadium before the UTC VMI football game on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Head coach Tom Arth goes through the Mocs Walk before UTC's homecoming football game against VMI on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Young Mocs fans and their parents line up for the homecoming Mocs walk in First Tennessee Pavilion on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

A young Mocs fan runs through the jungle gym outside of Finley Stadium before the UTC homecoming football game against VMI on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC cheerleaders grab a bite to eat in First Tennessee Pavilion on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Josh Condon, a former UTC wrestler and class of 2013 alumni watches the Blue and Gold wrestling matches in First Tennessee Pavilion with his son Jace on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Brett Fugate, a young mocs fan, plays corn hole with his parents in First Tennessee Pavilion before the UTC homecoming football game against VMI on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC safety D.J. Jackson (21) is flagged for a face mast on VMI wideout Kris Thornton (1) during the UTC VMI football game at Finley Stadium on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Scrappy dances with the UTC cheerleaders before UTC’s homecoming game versus VMI on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga wide receiver Cody Swabek runs onto the field before the homecoming game versus VMI on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

The UTC cheerleaders lead the Mocs football team onto the field. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Defensive Back Jordan Jones (14) runs out on the field before the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

VMI running back Quan Myers (3) stretches over the pile on the one yard line during the UTC VMI football game at Finley Stadium on October 27, 2018. Myers would lose the football in the air, and referees would eventually rule the play a touchdown, stating he broke the plain before the fumble occurred (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

VMI running back Quan Myers (3) stretches over the pile on the one yard line during the UTC VMI football game at Finley Stadium on October 27, 2018. Myers would lose the football in the air, and referees would eventually rule the play a touchdown, stating he broke the plain before the fumble occurred (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC wide receiver Will Young (11) fights of a tackle during UTC's homecoming win over VMI on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC defensive linemen Isaiah Mack (8) gets pressure on VMI quarterback Reece Udinski (2) during the UTC VMI football game at Finley Stadium on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC running back Alex Trotter (24) breaks free to score during the fourth quarter of UTC homecoming win against VMI on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC defensive back Jordan Jones (14) tackles VMI wideout Kris Thornton (1) for a loss during the UTC VMI football game at Finley Stadium on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

VMI wide out Kris Thornton (1) is unable to reel in a pass during the UTC VMI football game at Finley Stadium on October 27, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) catches a touchdown pass from Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano (7) during the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) catches a touchdown pass from Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano (7) during the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) celebrates with Chattanooga Offensive Lineman Harrison Moon (75) during the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) catches a touchdown pass from Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano (7) during the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Kyle Gentner celebrates during the Chattanooga-VMI of the Chattanooga-VMI on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano (7) is sacked during the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

VMI linebacker Ethan Caselberry (35) collides with a Chattanooga player during the homecoming game on Saturday, October 27 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Running Back Tyrell Price (23) celebrates after running a touchdown during the Chattanooga-VMI on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Running Back Alex Trotter (24) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown during the Chattanooga-VMI on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Running Back Alex Trotter (24) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the Chattanooga-VMI on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Ayriel Ayers stands during the homecoming ceremonies at halftime of the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC homecoming court members Asher Melton and Ayriel Ayers walk onto the field during halftime on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Alexis Hurley and Connor Rietveld receive the Public Service Award from UTC at the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Ayrial Ayers and Kalah Vance reacts to Ayrial winning Homecoming Queen during the UTC-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Ayriel Ayers gets crowned homecoming queen at halftime of the Chattanooga-VMI on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

2017 Homecoming Queen Kalah Vance hugs 2018 Homecoming Queen Ayriel Ayers and congratulates her one her victory. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

2017 Homecoming Queen Kalah Vance passes down the crown to 2018 winner Ayriel Ayers. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI
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2017 Homecoming Queen Kalah Vance hugs Ayriel Ayers after she was crowned 2018 Homecoming Queen on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

The homecoming court poses with UTC alumni Terrell Owens after halftime of the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Alexis Hurley and Connor Rietveld stand during the Homecoming ceremony during the Chattanooga-VMI game on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Defensive Back Jordan Jones celebrates after breaking up a pass during the Chattanooga-VMI on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Wil Young catches a touchdown pass from Chattanooga quarterback Nick Tiano (7) on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

The Chattanooga Sugar Mocs listen the alma mater after the Chattanooga-VMI on Saturday October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Fans cheer on the Mocs during the Chattanooga-VMI game. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Quaterback Nick Tiano (7) gets tackled by VMI’s Defensive Back A.J. Smith (25). October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Wil Young (11) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Tiano (7). October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Mocs football team hi-fives fans after their victory againt VMI 34-27. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Joseph Parker (13) breaks away from a tackle in the Chattanooga-VMI game. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Line Backer Michael Bean (35) gives his gloves to a fan after the Chattanooga-VMI game. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Running Back Tyrell Price (23) runs with the ball against VMI Defensive Back Collin Loftis (2). October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Running Back Tyrell Price (23) scores a touchdown against VMI. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Running Back Tyrell Price (23) runs with the ball during the Chattanooga-VMI game. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) stiff arms VMI Defensive Back Collin Loftis (2) and scores a touchdown. October 27, 2018 (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

2018 Top Man on Campus JJ Lewis, Terrell Owens, and 2018 Homecoming Queen Ayriel Ayers pose for a photo on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC homecoming court members Connor Rietveld and Alexis Hurley walk onto the field during halftime on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

Chattanooga fans react to the referee’s ruling at UTC’s homecoming game versus VMI on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Mocs move to 6-2 after homecoming win against winless VMI

UTC wide reciever Bryce Nunnelly (19) celebrates after a touchdown during the VMI game on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Photo Gallery Compiled by Photo Editor Troy Stolt and Assitant Editor Cade Deakin.

Photos by Troy Stolt, Cade Deakin, Ashley Rutlidge, Allie Schrenker, & Alexandra Ogle.

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.

Troy Stolt

Troy Stolt

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