Monday, October 24, 2016

Game #8 Preview: Chattanooga





For their eighth game of the season, the Catamounts return to Cullowhee for Homecoming and the fourth home game of the year. The opponent is last year's co-champion, the number 8 nationally ranked Chattanooga Mocs. 









What:   2016 Homecoming
When: Saturday, October 29th - Time 3:30 pm 
Where: E. J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV / video: SoCon Digital Network

Game Notes:                Western Carolina             -               Chattanooga 

The Series:  The Cats own a 16-26-0 all time record against the Mocs, having first played in 1973. Currently the Mocs have a 7 game win streak going against Western, as the Cats last won in Cullowhee back in 2008.

Last year’s record (Chattanooga):   9-4 overall, 5-1 home, 4-3 away (6-1 SoCon)  

Last Season's Game vs. Chattanooga:  (Oct. 31, 2015)
No. 4 Chattanooga Hands Western Carolina a 41-13 Road Loss  - Quarterback Jacob Huesman amassed 359 yards of total offense including 191 passing yards and 168 yards and a touchdown on the ground with tailback Derrick Craine scoring four rushing TDs as No. 4 Chattanooga handed Western Carolina a 41-13 loss on Saturday afternoon in Southern Conference action at Finley Stadium. Chattanooga (7-1, 5-0 SoCon) - which won its seventh-straight seasonall game and its 12th league game in a row - scored four-consecutive rushing touchdowns following a Detrez Newsome two-yard run that drew the Catamounts to within one, 7-6, in the first quarter. The Mocs capitalized on the lone turnover of the game -- a WCU fumble as the Catamounts were looking for the end zone - driving 87 yards for a score as a part of the four-straight TDs, taking a 35-6 halftime advantage.

This year's record (Chattanooga):   7-1 overall, 5-0 home, 2-1 away  (4-1 SoCon) - The only blemish on this season's Moc record is an 8 point loss to The Citadel. The Mocs have conference wins over Furman, Samford, ETSU, Mercer, and VMI.

Offensive Formation: Multiple

Defensive Formation: Multiple

2016 Chattanooga Statistics (through 8 games):
Rushing Offense: 1736 yards
Yards per game: 217
Yards per rush: 5.2 yards
TDs rushing: 28
Passing Offense: 1749 yards or 219 yards per game
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 132-201-4
Total Offense: 3485 yards or 436 yards per game
Passing 1st downs: 68
Rushing 1st downs: 86
Fumbles-Lost: 9 - 2
3d Down Conversions: 41 of 102 (40%)
4th Down Conversions: 8 of 12 (67%)
Red-Zone Scores: 26-34  (76%)
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 34-45  (93%)
Field-Goal-Attempts:  6-8

In the current standings, the defending co-champions are second in scoring offense with 36.9 points per game and first in scoring defense, giving up only 13.5 points per game.  UTC's senior Derick Craine is averaging over 102 yards per game.




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