SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford SID) – The Wofford football team fell 20-17 to fifth-ranked Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. The Terriers tied the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 2:25 left in the contest, but the Mocs were able to win on a 38-yard field goal as time expired.
The Terriers are 3-5 on the season and 1-3 in Southern Conference play, while the Mocs are 6-1 and 4-0 in the league. Wofford was led by Lorenzo Long with 13 rushing yards, while Brad Butler had two rushing touchdowns and was 8-of-11 passing. Chattanooga was led by Derrick Craine with 90 rushing yards and a touchdown, with Jacob Huesman adding 58 yards and a touchdown along with 109 passing yards.
“We came out in the second half and for whatever reason had a few things go wrong,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We let them back in the game and dug a hole for ourselves to battle back from. Last week and this week there was no quit in these guys. They battle back and it comes to one of those things where you can’t put a finger on it. It is not just one guy or one play or one side. It is really frustrating, but like I told the guys they have nothing to be ashamed of and keep your heads up. We have another one in seven days.”
The Mocs had the ball first and drove 75 yards in nine plays, with Jacob Huesman scoring from 12-yards out. Chattanooga had a 7-0 lead at the 10:55 mark of the first quarter. Wofford picked up a pair of first downs before having to punt back to the Mocs.
Chattanooga had two first downs before the drive stalled and the Mocs punted. Wofford took over with 5:48 on the clock in the first quarter and Brad Butler ran for a first down before the Terriers had to punt. The Wofford defense forced a three-and-out and took over at the 39-yard line. The Terriers got on the board with a 33-yard field goal by David Marvin to make it a 7-3 game with 10:19 left in the second quarter.
On the next drive by Chattanooga, the Mocs gained two first downs before JoJo Tillery intercepted a pass by Jacob Huesman at the 12-yard line. After one first down, Lorenzo Long went 50-yards to the 4-yard line. On fourth-and-one, Brad Butler took it in for the touchdown. Wofford had a 9-7 lead with 2:54 left in the first half after the point after was wide right. The Mocs had a first down and then a sack by Tyler Vaughn and John Patterson on third down forced a punt. Wofford took a knee and went to the locker room with a 9-7 lead.
The Terriers had the ball to begin the second half and had one first down before Brad Butler fumbled and it was recovered by Josh Freeman at the 41-yard line. The Mocs had one first down and then Brion Anderson had a one-handed interception in the endzone that he returned to the 16-yard line. On the first snap, the Terriers fumbled again and the Mocs recovered at the 12-yard line. Derrick Craine scored from two yards out to give Chattanooga a 14-9 lead with 9:46 left in the third quarter.
Wofford had one first down on the ensuing drive before facing fourth-and-two. The run was stopped short and the Mocs took over at the 37-yard line. A 34-yard field goal made it a 17-9 lead for Chattanooga with 3:04 on the clock in the third quarter. The Terriers had one first down with Evan Jacks at quarterback before punting back to the Mocs.
Chattanooga went three-and-out and punted. The Terriers then were able to gain a pair of first downs before having to punt. The Mocs again were forced three-and-out and punted. Wofford took over at the 39-yard line with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter. The Terriers converted two fourth downs and Brad Butler scored from 7-yards with 2:25 on the clock. The two point try was good when Butler ran it in to tie the game at 17-17. The Mocs had one first down before facing a fourth-and-two from the 47-yard line. Derrick Craine ran for 16 yards on the play and another first down moved the ball to the 21-yard line. Henrique Ribeiro hit a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give Chattanooga the 20-17 victory.
Wofford had 319 total yards, with 255 rushing. Chattanooga had 265 total yards, 156 of which were rushing. Wofford had a 19 to 16 advantage in first downs. Wofford was 6-of-15 on third downs and 3-of-4 on fourth down. Chattanooga was 2-of-10 on third down and 1-of-1 on fourth down. Wofford was called for four penalties to Chattanooga’s three. Wofford had a 35:39 to 24:21 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. Chattanooga Post-Game Notes
The series between the two teams is now even at 11-11. Chattanooga has won three straight in the series and won in Spartanburg for the first time since 1998.
The Wofford defense held the Mocs to only 265 total yards, 135 less than their season average.
JoJo Tillery had his first career interception in the second quarter.
The interception by Brion Anderson was his third this season and fifth of his career.
Lorenzo Long had 143 rushing yards in the game, his second 100+ rushing game of the season. He has seven 100+ rushing yard game in his career.
There were no significant injuries in the contest.
Game captains were Drake Michaelson, Michael Weimer, Anton Wahrby, Jaleel Green, and Zach Muller.
Attendance was 8,713 at Gibbs Stadium. The Terriers are now 46-22-2 all-time in Homecoming games.
Wofford will play the final road game of the 2015 regular season on October 31 at VMI. The 1:30 pm game can be seen on ESPN3. After a bye week, the Terriers return home on November 13 to face Samford.