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Chattanooga Hands Western Carolina a 42-21 Road Loss

Western Carolina quarterback Troy Mitchell rushed for 63 yards and threw two TD passes on Saturday at Chattanooga. (Photo courtesy Doug Strickland, Times Free Press)

Oct. 5, 2013

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Chattanooga, Tenn. - Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman tossed four touchdown passes and rushed for a fifth as the Mocs handed Western Carolina a 42-21 loss Saturday night in Southern Conference action at Finley Stadium / Davenport Field.

Huesman threw for 223 of UTC's 432 total yards of offense, adding 49 yards on the ground in the victory for the Mocs. Tailback Keon Williams rushed for 127 and a score in the winning effort.

Western Carolina (1-5, 0-3 SoCon) got receiving touchdowns from redshirt sophomore Karnorris Benson and freshman Terryon Robinson in the second half, with freshman tailback Garry Lewis rushing for his first career score in the third quarter. Robinson finished with a career-high 91 yards receiving on five receptions while classmate Willie Police led five Catamount receivers with a career-high six catches.

Chattanooga converted three WCU first half interceptions into 14 points, while limiting the Catamount offense to just 63 total yards in the opening half to carry a 21-0 lead into the locker room. After the break, WCU amassed 226 yards of total offense including 172 yards through the air.

Sophomore quarterback Troy Mitchell accounted for both scoring strikes, finishing 16-of-22 for 181 yards, but tossed three interceptions. Redshirt junior Eddie Sullivan went 2-for-3 for 10 yards and an interception on the one series he saw action.

All told, WCU's 191 yards were the most allowed by Chattanooga this season, which entered the game ranked fifth in the nation in pass defense.

Trailing 28-0 in the third quarter, Western Carolina broke up the shutout as Lewis capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive with an impressive 12-yard scoring run. The Fayetteville, N.C., native was initially stopped after a modest gain over right tackle. However, he spun free from a would-be tackler and raced the rest of the way into the end zone untouched for the rushing score.

Mitchell hooked up with Robinson on a 46-yard scoring strike and found Benson on a 25-yard strike in the fourth quarter to cap WCU's scoring.

Redshirt junior Ace Clark led the Catamount defense with 13 tackles including eight solo stops, while senior Courtland Carson tallied nine stops including seven solo hits. Carson also finished with a 1.5 sacks and a combined 2.5 tackles for loss, forcing a fumble and also breaking up a pass.

Freshman Fred Payne finished with four tackles and recovered the Carson-forced fumble in the first half.

Western Carolina concludes a three-game road swing next Saturday afternoon as it again steps out of conference - and up a subdivision - as it travels to Auburn to face the Tigers. Kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium is scheduled for 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT . The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.