Mocs analysis: Methodical drive was just what UTC needed late

UTC Athletics photo by Laura O'Dell / Quay Wiggles (0) had 1.5 sacks as part of a UTC defense that shook off a slow start and helped the Mocs win 23-13 in Saturday night's SoCon game against Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga beat writer Gene Henley breaks down the Mocs' 23-13 win at Wofford.


Javin Whatley had a solid night for the Mocs, totaling 157 all-purpose yards on six touches, with 94 coming on four receptions and another 63 on a pair of kickoff returns.


In the fourth quarter, the Mocs outscored Wofford 10-0 while outgaining the Terriers 149-54 in yards. UTC running back Gino Appleberry had 78 rushing yards in the final quarter, including a 41-yard run that put the game away.


The Terriers walked down the field for a touchdown on the first drive of the second half, but on their next possession, a pass went through a receiver's hands and into those of UTC safety Jordan Walker. After that, Wofford would net only 48 yards on its final five offensive series.


The big play was actually 10 of them: A 10-play, 78-yard UTC drive in the fourth quarter that ate up 5:14 of game clock and ended in an Appleberry touchdown with 5:18 to play. The score put the Mocs up 10 and basically shut down any chance of a Wofford comeback.


The Mocs have historically struggled at Wofford, regardless of their record at the time. Coming off last week's 47-24 win at Samford, it's not surprising that the Mocs looked a little off against a winless opponent. But getting a win the way they did going into next week's home matchup against Western Carolina — both teams are currently ranked — was all UTC needed to do, and it accomplished that.

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