Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

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Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs head coach Tom Arth walks into Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Sam Braswell and Riley Bensonat tailgating before the Mocs/ Terriers football game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

A Chattanooga Mocs cheerleader holds up a win sign during the UTC-Wofford game on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Scrappy Moc prepares to lead the Chattanooga Mocs onto the field before the UTC-Wofford game on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs wide receiver Joseph Parker (13) leads the UTC football team on to the field at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs run onto the field before the UTC-Wofford game. Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo By Jackson Hollis)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Scrappy Moc leads the UTC cheerleaders before the football team enters the field at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Running Back Tyrell Price (23) runs onto the field holding a UTC flag before the UTC- Wofford game on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) runs towards the end zone after catching a pass Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano (7) on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford Kick Returner TJ Luther (2) hurdles mocs defenders during the first quarter of the UTC Wofford game at Finley Stadium on October 6, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Cheerleaders getting the crowd to cheer during the UTC-Wofford game. Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo By Jackson Hollis)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford quarterback Joe Newman (8) throws the ball during the UTC Wofford game at Finley Stadium on October 6, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Joseph Parker "13" catches a pass from Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano "7" during the UTC-Wofford game. Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo By Jackson Hollis)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Will Young catches a pass from Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano "7" during the UTC-Wofford game. Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo By Jackson Hollis)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford receiver Jason Hill (82) fights off an attempted tackle by UTC defensive back D.J. Jackson (21) during the UTC Wofford game at Finley Stadium on October 6, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

UTC defensive back D.J Jackson (21) makes a hit on Wofford quarterback Joe Newman (8) during the UTC Wofford game at Finley Stadium on October 6, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford linebacker Jireh Wilson (41) sits in the opening of the Wofford locker room after being ejected from the game on a targeting call that would be overturned at halftime during the UTC Wofford game at Finley Stadium on October 6, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

UTC defensiveback Brandon Dowdell (1) makes a touchdown saving tackle on Wofford quarterback Joe Newman (8) during the UTC Wofford game at Finley Stadium on October 6, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford Running Back Lennox McAfee runs into the end zone during the UTC- Wofford game on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Linebacker Ty Boeck (46) stands on the sidelines during the UTC- Wofford game on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford Quarterback Joe Newman (8) breaks a long run in the 4th quarter of the UTC-Wofford game on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano (7) throws a pass during the UTC- Wofford game on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Defensive lineman Isaiah Mack (8) makes a tackle during the UTC- Wofford game on Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo by Cade Deakin)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano "7" drops back and passes the ball during the UTC-Wofford game. Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo By Jackson Hollis)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Bryce Nunnelly "19" attempts to catch the ball during the UTC-Wofford game. Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo By Jackson Hollis)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs fans watching the UTC-Wofford game. Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo By Jackson Hollis)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Wide Receiver Wil Young "11" catches a pass from Chattanooga Quarterback Nick Tiano "7" during the UTC-Wofford game. Saturday October 6, 2018. (Photo By Jackson Hollis)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

UTC's ROTC holds the flags for the National Anthem at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs wide receiver Joseph Parker (13) catches a kickoff during the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs quarterback Nick Tiano (7) throws the ball during the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford tight end Nick Karas runs the ball during the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford quarterback Jow Newman (8) runs the ball during the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

UTC linebacker Marshall Cooper (40) strips the ball from Wofford wide out TJ Luther (2) during the UTC Wofford game at Finley Stadium on October 6, 2018 (Photo by Troy Stolt).

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs defensive back D.J. Jackson (21) recovers a Wofford fumble during the UTC/ Wofford game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs defensive back D.J. Jackson (21) runs the ball after recovering a Wofford fumble during the UTC/ Wofford game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford quarterback Miller Mosley (4) laterals the ball during the UTC/ Wofford game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs defensive lineman Isaiah Mack (8) makes a tackle during the UTC/ Wofford game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Ridgeland High School band members Brooke Smith (left) and Connor Deblin (right) participating in UTC's band week at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) runs into the end zone for a touchdown after catching a pass from Chattanooga quarterback Nick Tiano at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Scrappy Moc cheers on the Chattanooga Mocs football players at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs defensive back D.J. Jackson (21) and linebacker Marshall Cooper (40) tackle Wofford quarterback Joe Newman (8) at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Ridgeland High School band members Tanner Knight (left) and Brittney Bateman (right) participate in UTC's band week at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs cheerleaders cheer during the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs quarterback Nick Tiano (7) talks with team mates on the sidelines at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Chattanooga Mocs cheerleaders cheer during the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Wofford Topples Mocs at Home: Gallery

Wofford tight end Clayton Wild (83) and Chattanooga Mocs defensive lineman Tavi McLean (97) talk after the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

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Chattanooga Mocs defensive back Jordan Jones (14) and Chattanooga football players stand for the alma mater after the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

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Chattanooga Mocs defensive back Jordan Jones (14) stands for the alma mater after the game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Photo Gallery compiled by Assistant Photo Editor Cade Deakin. Photos by Cade Deakin, Troy Stolt, Elian Richter, and Jackson Hollis.

Written By Madison Reed, Staff Writer—

After a strong start offensive, it was the Mocs’ defense that gave them a chance to upset No. 6 Wofford. The best example of that came in the fourth quarter.

“Our defense gave opportunities to our offense,” UTC coach Tom Arth said. “That is one thing we talked about at halftime, was the importance of stops have to equate to points. We have to do a good job of feeding off each other.”

The Terriers were leading in the fourth quarter 14-10 when linebacker Marshall Cooper, Hixson, Tenn. forced a fumble that linebacker Tavon Lawson, Talladega, Al. recovered.

“That was a great moment; defense did a great job for us,” quarterback Nick Tiano, Chattanooga, Tenn. said. “That is the spot where we have to go down and put points on the board for us. Unfortunately, we came up a little short. We put up a decent drive but couldn’t finish it.”

When the Mocs couldn’t capitalize on the Terriers’ mistake, the game was essentially over. Or at least it was after Wofford, on the first play of its ensuing possession after UTC punted, scored a touchdown on quarterback Joe Newman’s 66-yard run. The Terriers went ahead 21-10, and that was the final score.

UTC took on the No. 1 defense in the SoCon., which game into the game allowing average of 16.5 points per game. UTC is second with allowing 19.8.

“I think early on in the game we struggled to get stops. They went down the field pretty effortlessly on their first two possessions,” Arth said. “From there, we really made some adjustments on the defensive side and were able to get a lot of stops.”

The game was a confrontation between a team that does most of its damage on the ground versus a passing offense. Wofford averages 375.5 rushing yards—second in the nation-—and 118.3 passing yards, whereas Chattanooga averages 106 rushing yards and 288.4 passing yards.

Chattanooga has gained a significant amount of mileage—literally—between Tiano and wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly, Cleveland, Tenn. this season, but tonight the magic was not there.

Going into the game, Nunnelly was leading the SoCon and second in the nation with an average of 144.2 receiving yards per game.  

The duo started off the game strong with a touchdown pass Tiano to Nunnelly with Chattanooga’s first possession—the only touchdown for The Mocs.

“We didn’t run the ball as well as we had hoped,” Arth said. ”We came out in the second half and got a couple runs, which was good. We thought we would be able to continue to run it, but unfortunately we struggled. That is something that hurt us last week and certainly hurt us again this week, having the inability to run it without any kind of consistency makes it tough for us offensively. “

Arth stressed when the team was 4-0 that it was not playing at the level to continue to win games. He turned out to be a prophet..

“We have to improve; we are not playing well enough to continue to be successful without making these improvements.” Arth said. “We are kind of the same team. If you are not improving, then it is going to be tough. We have got to continue to find ways to get better.”

The Mocs are 4-2 and 2-2 in the SoCon, but they still harbor hope to make it to the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Troy Stolt

Troy Stolt

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