published Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Mocs fall short at No. 1 Georgia Southern

STATESBORO, Ga. — Top-ranked Georgia Southern escaped with a 28-27 win over the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon at Paulson Stadium.

The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead with a couple of quick scores in the second quarter and then the 23rd-ranked Mocs’ day got worse when quarterback B.J. Coleman left the game with a shoulder injury.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Terrell Robinson then led UTC on an 82-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Robinson that made it 14-7 with 1:52 left in the half.

Georgia Southern quickly answered with a 67-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard Jaybo Shaw plunge into the end zone.

On its first drive of the third quarter, UTC got a 20-yard touchdown run from J.J. Jackson to make it 21-14.

In the final quarter and trailing 28-21, UTC drove down the field and Robinson scored with less than two minutes remaining. The Mocs went for a two-point conversion to take the lead, but the snap to Robinson was low and he was unable to get the pass away.

The Mocs were planning on using Robinson, a dual-threat quarterback, today as a change-of-pace offensive option.

For more Mocs coverage, see tomorrow's Times Free Press. You can also follow beat writer John Frierson on Twitter at

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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