Oct. 15, 2011
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Five Western Carolina turnovers led to 27 Chattanooga points and redshirt freshman quarterback Terrell Robinson racked up 195 yards of total offense including three touchdown passes as the Mocs handed Western Carolina a 51-7 defeat at Finley Stadium / Davenport Field.
Chattanooga rattled off 31-straight first half points including 17 in the first quarter alone en route to handing Western Carolina its fourth-straight loss - and third-consecutive in the head-to-head series. WCU lost a pair of second quarter fumbles and three interceptions in the losing effort.
"I was disappointed. It was the most disappointing loss of our season," said WCU head coach Dennis Wagner during post-game comments following the loss Saturday night. "We got outplayed tonight. Our offensive line has done a good job most of the season, but they didn't come to play. We couldn't run the ball, we couldn't pass protect. We put our defense on the field a lot. Tonight was a combination of Chattanooga playing well and we didn't."
Western Carolina (1-5, 0-4 SoCon) had no answers for Robinson who rushed for 72 yards despite two sacks by the WCU defense. He also tossed three touchdown passes including an 18-yard strike to his tight end Faysal Shafaat on his first attempt in the first quarter. He added scoring passes of 35 and 21 yards in the first half to guide the Mocs to a 31-0 lead at the half.
UTC also got 93 rushing yards and one score from Marquis Green with J.J. Jackson adding a rushing touchdown for the Mocs.
Facing the stingiest defense in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, the Catamounts were held to just 113 yards on the ground on 34 carries - an average of just 3.3 yards per attempt. Through the air, the prolific passing attack was held to just 151 yards - over 100 yards shy of its seasonal average entering the game which had WCU ranked second in the SoCon.
After connecting on four of his first five on the opening drive, sophomore quarterback Brandon Pechloff finished 13-of-23 for 77 yards and two interceptions and was sacked four times. Senior Zac Brindise came on in relief in the third quarter, finishing 7-of-16 with a pick and was dropped in the backfield once.
WCU scratched the scoreboard with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Senior Blake Cain boomed a season-long 53-yard field goal, pinning the Mocs at their own one-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage following the punt, senior Trey Selby forced a fumble on a run between the tackles where classmate Brett Allen pounced on the loose ball giving the Catamounts possession inside the five-yard line.
After an encroachment penalty against the Mocs, junior Michael Vaughn plunged in from one-yard out to put WCU on the scoreboard, ending a streak of 44-straight points for UTC. Vaughn finished with 30 rushing yards on nine carries while wide receiver Josh Cockrell led the team with 42 yards on two carries including a team-high 34-yard rush on a reverse in the fourth quarter.
Western Carolina returns home next weekend to face The Citadel Bulldogs at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field on Homecoming. The Catamounts will look for their third-straight win in the head-to-head series. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 pm.