GREENVILLE, S.C. — Whether it was a handoff followed by a lateral, followed by a pass, or four receivers lined up in a diamond pattern on the left side, or something else far from conventional, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offense never let Furman get comfortable Saturday.
Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield described the unusual plays as "circus" plays.
"Whether it's ugly, pretty, running, throwing, 'circus,' whatever, we're going to find a way to get enough points where our defense can help us win the game," he said after his offense gained 369 yards and used quarterbacks Jacob Huesman and Terrell Robinson in a variety of ways.
"I call myself the 'ringmaster,' and that's what I've got to do," Satterfield said.
The Mocs didn't do too much on the ground (102 yards), but the passing game was effective and efficient. Huesman and Robinson were a combined 25-of-33 for 257 yards, and Huesman completed two touchdown passes to Robinson.
UTC also had running back Chris Awuah line up in the wildcat formation on one play, and the senior completed a 10-yard pass to Huesman. All the offensive variety made for a very fun game, Robinson said.
"That's what it's all about," he said, "playing a team sport and getting everybody involved and executing."
First Williams sack
UTC senior defensive end Josh Williams became the Mocs' all-time sack leader last season and entered 2012 with 21.5 sacks. He was still on that number when he lined up for Furman's first play from scrimmage.
On that first play, Williams quickly came in off the edge and brought Furman quarterback Reese Hannon down for a 9-yard loss.
"It was just a long time coming," he said. "If you keep working for it, good things will happen."
UTC's other defensive end, Davis Tull, had two sacks and has six in 2012 and 11 for his career.
The visiting locker room at Furman is a special place to Jacob Huesman and Rhea County offensive lineman Jacob Revis. It was there, following UTC's stunning comeback win in 2010, that Huesman committed to play for UTC. And it was there that Revis, the younger brother of right guard Kevin Revis, committed to the Mocs on Saturday.
Word spread of Revis' commitment on Twitter after the game. The two-star prospect, a member of the Times Free Press's "Dynamite Dozen," is listed at 6-foot-2, 290 pounds and is a four-year Rhea starter.
Two years ago, Huesman announced in the locker room that he wanted to join the Mocs. He said afterward that the 36-28 win -- UTC was down 28-10 entering the fourth quarter -- inspired him to commit on the spot.
"I was thinking about it a little bit," Huesman said Saturday. "Luckily we didn't have to have a comeback win to revisit this."
UTC's Huesman, true freshman kicker Henrique Ribeiro and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Michael Trundle are Baylor graduates, as is Furman redshirt freshman defensive tackle John Mackey, who had five tackles Saturday. ... UTC's Nick Pollard averaged 48.5 yards on his four punts and made a 29-yard field goal. He missed a 47-yard try.
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 ...