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CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the backdrop of a cloudless, blue-sky fall afternoon in one of the South's most picturesque cities, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was nearly perfect Saturday.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Derrick Craine never saw the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's first touchdown Saturday afternoon.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the backdrop of a cloudless, blue-sky fall afternoon in one of the South's most picturesque cities, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was nearly perfect Saturday.

Trying to stop The Citadel's triple-option offense can be once ... twice ... three times the headache of almost any other opponent for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defense.

STEVENSON, Ala. — As rebuilding projects go, the job Mark Rose has done with North Jackson football would rival any creation by Bob Villa.

If history is any indication, Saturday's football game between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and The Citadel will be decided by a razor thin margin.

Sometimes numbers really do lie. That's certainly the case if you just glance at The Citadel's football won-lost record.

Derrick Craine can be so soft-spoken that there are times you have to lean in closer just to hear what he is saying. But when it comes to the nonstop effort it takes to grind out tough yards, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga running back is emphatic.

KNOXVILLE — Before fans had even emptied Neyland Stadium and made their way home through the damp night, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was told to turn the page.

KNOXVILLE — Turns out the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has an SEC-caliber defensive line after all.

Derrick Lott climbed into the passenger's seat of the white Ford F250 pickup truck without hesitation.

Since taking the job a year and a half ago University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn's schedule has been so hectic that the walls of his office still remain completely bare.

Not since the Peanuts character Linus has there been a more trusty security blanket than Faysal Shafaat is for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman.

Growing up in the shadow of Neyland Stadium, Davis Tull spent more autumn Saturdays than he can recall sitting with his dad watching University of Tennessee football.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior running back Keon Williams underwent surgery Tuesday on his left hand and will not play in this week's game at Tennessee.

With a gauntlet of Southern Conference games and tough road tests remaining on the schedule, it was imperative for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team to handle its on-field business early last week.

It was tough to find fault with any phase of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's dominating 48-point homecoming win over VMI. Even having the chance to shut out a Southern Conference foe for the first time since 2003 slip away in the final 36 seconds didn't dampen the mood for Mocs coach Russ Huesman.

So much for Southern hospitality.

As the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga acknowledges its past by welcoming back alumni for this weekend's homecoming ceremonies, the Mocs football team will be focused on the present.

An offense that gathered its running legs last week has the chance to continue gaining confidence this weekend.

It isn't just the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball team that wants to create chaos on the playing field.

It was a change out of necessity, but it may be the move that was needed to put the right pieces in place for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offensive line to get untracked.

The frustration of the season's first two games were forgotten, replaced by ear-to-ear grins amid the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's on-field celebration following Saturday's 14-point win over Samford.

Much the same way Davis Tull made a bee-line for the Samford offensive backfield Saturday night, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman got straight to the point.

In a game that was taking on an eerily similar tone to recent close losses, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team needed someone to make a momentum-shifting play Saturday night.

In a game that was taking on an eerily similar tone to recent close losses, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team needed someone to make a momentum-shifting play Saturday night.

There was no need for reminders, no reason to discuss the outcome of last year's heartbreaking loss at Samford.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program has been vastly improved since Russ Huesman took over five years ago, speeding through winning seasons four times and a share of the Southern Conference championship in 2013.

Heading into Saturday's showdown of preseason Southern Conference favorites, it's tough for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga staff to know just how good Samford is.

Cedric Nettles has turned one of the biggest question marks on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football defense into a team strength. And much as he does when bringing down opposing ball carriers, the redshirt sophomore has done so emphatically.

The grind begins this week. Coming off its only off week of the season, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team is set to begin a laborious stretch of nine straight weeks of competition, including seven against Southern Conference foes.

It was a no-brainer. With Thursday being a day off work for me and a day without college classes for my son Riley, we decided to drive to Atlanta to watch the Falcons play that night.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — The streak continues. But just barely.

FRIDAY UTC FEATURE. Robin has several good action shots of Nick Pollard from last week's game at Austin Peay to run with this.

Although it's a bye week for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team, the schedule has not slowed noticeably for the coaching staff.

Knowing the importance of getting the offense untracked early against Austin Peay last Saturday, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had a simple and aggressive game plan: Get the ball into the hands of a proven playmaker.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Like a vitamin B-12 shot, an outmanned Austin Peay football team proved to be just the adrenaline boost the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga needed.

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman on Saturday earned his 32nd win since taking over six years ago.

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Like a vitamin B-12 shot, an outmanned Austin Peay football team proved to be just the adrenaline boost the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga needed.

It's a dilemma with a simple solution, but one that's not so easy to obtain.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

Of all the missteps that have led to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's frustrating 0-2 start this season, one of the most glaring breakdowns has been third-down conversions.

A soft-spoken, almost painfully shy kid away from the football field, Dee Virgin has a separate personality once he steps onto the field.

It all starts up front.

The silver lining to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's disappointing 0-2 start to the season is that the goals of winning the Southern Conference championship outright and earning an NCAA playoff berth are still there to be claimed.

In a continuation of the second-half struggles from the previous week's game, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offense never found any footing Saturday night, and the result was a second straight heartbreaking loss.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore cornerback Dee Virgin spent much of the night Saturday covering a Jacksonville State defender one-on-one.

Anticipation hung in the air Saturday evening as thick as the smell of burgers being grilled around Finley Stadium.

He's a 5-foot-9, 220-pound block of muscle and the biggest headache for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defense going into this evening's showdown with Jacksonville State at Finley Stadium.

Taharin Tyson thought about giving the standard, politically correct answer. But after pausing to consider the question, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior fullback brushed the long dreadlocks from his face and decided instead to be honest.

It's the reason defensive coaches lose sleep, their hair and their patience more than their offensive counterparts.

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