The Mocs faced off against The Citadel Bulldogs at home on November 20, the Mocs’ Senior Day and military appreciation, and ended the season with a devastating loss.
Chattanooga kicked off the game by scoring within the first minute of the first quarter, leaving fans hopeful for a win. The 75-yard running touchdown made by Tyrell Price contributed to a career-high of 144 yards for the senior.
The Bulldogs were quick to answer back, scoring with a little over six minutes left in the first quarter, tying the game 7-7.
The second quarter started slow but picked up with five minutes left in the half after a costly fumble from Chattanooga. The Citadel quarterback Jaylan Adams completed a nine yard pass into the endzone and into the hands of tight end Summie Carlay for a touchdown. The Bulldogs now held the lead 14-7.
The Mocs urgently tied the game again with a 9 yard run made by Sophomore Ailym Ford resulting in a touchdown.
After a fourth down stop made by the Mocs, Chattanooga regained the ball and scored with only six seconds left in the half. The extra point made by Redshirt Sophomore Aaron Sears put the Mocs up 21-14. The score came off a quick, 40 second drive. The five yard rushing touchdown made by Ford would be the last score of the game for the Mocs.
The Citadel dominated the rest of the game with a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 57-yard rushing touchdown with a little over six minutes left in the game, leaving the final score 24-21 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The loss would result in the Mocs being excluded from the playoffs this season, leaving the seniors disappointed with a loss on their Senior Day. Mocs Head Coach Rusty Wright praised his seniors even after the loss.
“I'm thankful these seniors left with a winning season. I'm not going to take away anything from these seniors,” said Wright. “They've been through a lot in the last year and a half, and for those guys to hang around and continue to work and compete and do those things, they're going to go on and have good lives and be good husbands, be good fathers, and be successful."