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Chattanooga Rolls Up Furman, 31-10

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jacob Huseman passed for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lead Chattanooga past Furman, 31-10, in Southern Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium.

Huseman, a freshman from Chattanooga, completed 18-of-23 passes and added 59 yards rushing on 22 carries to finish with 230 yards total offense in helping the Mocs (3-3, 2-1 SoCon) record their second straight win in Greenville but only the fifth triumph over the Paladins (2-5, 1-3 SoCon) in the last 28 meetings dating back to 1985.

"We were beaten in every phase of the game today  — offense, defense, and in the kicking game.  There's no other way to describe it," said Furman head coach Bruce Fowler, whose team was limited to only eight first downs, including just three in the second half, and 223 total yards in the contest.  Furman rushed for only 39 yards, the program's lowest tally since running for just 34 yards in a 24-7 loss to Virginia Tech in 2008.

Chattanooga rolled up 369 total yards and dominated time of possession, 38:54-21:06.

Terrell Robinson also figured big in the win for UTC, completing 7-of-10 passes for 86 yards, rushing four times for 29 yards and a score, and catching eight passes for 81 yards, including both of Huseman's touchdown passes.

Trailing 7-3 late in the second quarter, Chattanooga grabbed the lead for good when Huseman connected with a wide open Robinson for a 38-yard touchdown strike with 51 seconds on the clock.  Nick Pollard's PAT sent the Mocs into halftime with a 10-7 lead.

UTC stretched its lead to 17-7 with another Huesman-to-Robinson connection, this time covering 14 yards with 4:59 to go in the third quarter.

Furman responded on the ensuing possession with a Ray Early 36-yard field to make it 17-10, but that would do it for the Paladins' second half scoring.

A Robinson 6-yard scoring run, his third touchdown of the game, at the 14:21 mark of the fourth quarter, capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive and gave the Mocs a 24-10 advantage.

UTC capped its offensive display with a J.J. Jackson 10-yard run with 2:27 to go after stopping Furman on fourth down at the Paladin 10-yard line.

Chaz Moore's seven-tackle performance paced a Chattanooga defense that racked up four sacks in the game, including a pair by Davis Tull, who was also credited with a forced fumble.  UTC also tallied seven pass breakups.

Furman was led by Gary Wilkins' 13 tackles.  The Paladins finished with three sacks.

Furman Notes:

DE Ira McCune, CB Reggie Thomas, and FS Marcus McMorris notched their first career sacks, respectively, today against Chattanooga.