The Bucs (4-5, 3-4 SoCon) vs. Chattanooga (5-4, 3-3 SoCon)
Finley Stadium -- Chattanooga, Tenn.
All-Time Total Offense Leader ... Senior quarterback Todd Wells needs just seven yards of total offense to set the all-time ETSU career record ... Wells has amassed 8,225 yards in 41 career games and trails record holder Greg Ryan who compiled 8,232 in his career.
Single Season Total Offense Record ... Senior quarterback Todd Wells compiled 2,763 yards of total offense as a freshman in 1997 -- the most prolific season by any ETSU player in program history ... This season, Wells has amassed 2,471 yards of total offense -- the fourth best season in ETSU history ... He needs 292 total yards to break his own record.
More on Wells Outstanding Season ... After nine games, Wells has thrown for 2,175 yards -- the fifth best single season mark in Bucaneer history ... He needs 420 yards to catch Greg Ryans 2,595 passing yards in 1996.
National Leader ... Senior quarterback Todd Wells ranks 13th nationally in total offense per game (274.6 yards/game) ... He ranks second in the Southern Conference behind Chattanoogas Chris Sanders (335.1) ... Morehead States David Dinkins leads the nation, averaging 340.3 yards of total offense in eight games.
Bucs in Southern Conference Rankings ... The Bucs lead the Southern Conference in pass defense (166.0 yards/game) ... ETSU ranks third in the Conference in pass offense (241.7 yards/game) ... The Bucs rank second in the conference in pass defense efficiency (104.2).
In-State Rivals ... The Bucs are 1-3 against teams from the state of Tennessee in the Paul Hamilton era ... ETSU is 1-2 against Chattanooga and lost to Middle Tennessee State 24-7 in last seasons finale.
SoCon Finales ... ETSU is 9-12 all-time in its final Southern Conference game ... The Bucs are 2-1 under Coach Hamilton in Southern Conference finales.
Welcome Back Marcus ... Chattanooga graduate assistant coach Marcus Satterfield was a two-time letterwinner as a wide receiver for ETSU (1995-96) ... His 52 receptions in 1996 ranks seventh on the all-time single season list.
End of Season Opponents ... Chattanooga has been the Bucs opponent in their second to last game each of the last three seasons and six of the last seven years ... The only exception was in 1996 when the Mocs were the Bucs final regular-season game ... ETSU is 5-2 against Chattanooga in the last seven seasons.
Against Chatanooga ... Chattanooga leads the all-time series, 19-15-1 ... ETSU has won six of the last eight ... The Mocs lead the all-time series in Chattanooga, 12-7 ... The series is tied 2-2 at Finley Stadium ... The last time these teams squared off at Finley Stadium, the Mocs prevailed 10-7 (Nov. 14, 1998).
Last Season ... The Bucs overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit and defeated Chattanooga 28-14 in Memorial Center (Nov. 13) ... Brandon Walker scored three rushing touchdowns ... Safety Keydrick Gordon paced the defense, making two fourth quarter interceptions.
A Familiar Stretch ... The final five games of the 2000 season are identical to the final five contests of the 1998 season ... In 1998 -- ETSU defeated Furman 22-19 in Memorial Center; then lost at #1 Georgia Southern, 47-26; then defeated Wofford 45-24, lost at Chattanooga 10-7 and finished the season by defeating Charleston Southern 41-29 in Johnson City.
A Ranked Win ... The 23-21 win against #6Furman was ETSUs first win against a ranked team since Oct. 25, 1997 when the Bucs defeated #16 Furman, 58-28 in Greenville, S.C. ... The last time ETSU defeated a ranked team in Memorial Center was on October 26, 1996 when the Bucs defeated #8 Furman 21-19.
The Total Package ... Senior quarterback Todd Wells earned 401 total yards (336 passing, 65 rushing) in the 23-21 win against Furman ... It was the second-best performance by a Buccaneer in program history ... Wells holds the all-time single-game total offense record with 447 yards against Appalachian State in 1997.
Variety of Scores ... ETSU has scored in numerous ways this season ... Aside from nine rushing touchdowns and seven passing scores, the Bucs have scored on a fumble recovery and a blocked punt ... In the season-opener at Liberty, linebacker Rahim El Amin recovered a punt in the endzone ... Against Western Carolina, cornerback Howard Nix returned a blocked punt 31 yards for a touchdown.
Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers ... ETSU tied a season-high with five turnovers forced against Furman ... The Bucs also forced five at Liberty ... Linebacker Russ Lindgren made his team-leading fourth interception against the Paladins ... Linebacker Rahim El Amin forced three of the turnovers; tipping one pass to Ryan Vaughn, hitting the quarterback on Lindgrens pick and forcing a Louis Ivory fumble at the goal line.
A Program First ... For the first time in ETSU football history, a quarterback ran for 100+ yards and passed for 200+ yards when Todd Wells ran for 108 and threw for 238 in a 38-3 win against VMI (Sept. 16).
Linebacker U? ... East Tennessee State hopes to have an All-America linebacker for the fourth consecutive season ... each of the last four years the Bucs have enjoyed a stellar linebacking corps ... gone from last years squad are two-time All-America Kevin Peterson (1998-99) and All-Southern Conference player Derek Fudge ... taking over in the middle this year is All-America candidate Rahim El Amin and All-Southern Conference candidate Cory Bolden ... linebacker Mario Hankerson earned All-America honors in 1997.
More than a Passing Frenzy ... Quarterback Todd Wells has thrown for over 200 yards in six of the first nine games this season ... Wells passed for 283 at Liberty, 238 against VMI, 221 at Western Carolina, 275 at The Citadel, 336 vs. Furman and 307 against Wofford ... It was the fourth time in his career that Wells passed for 300+ yards ... Wells eclipsed 200 yards passing once last year -- 217 in a 38-10 win against Western Carolina.
In the Southern Conference ...The Bucs are 59-105 (21 seasons) in league games since joining the SoCon in 1979 ... Their best finish was second in 1996 when ETSU finished 7-1 in the league ... ETSU is 28-23 since 1994 and have been above .500 every year except 1998 (3-5) in that span ... The Bucs are 15-16 under Coach Paul Hamilton ... ETSU is 3-4 in the SoCon so far this fall.
Winning Season ... ETSU is playing for its third winning season in the past four years ... The Bucs finished last season 6-5 and went 7-4 in 1997 -- head coach Paul Hamiltons first campaign ... If the Bucs finish above .500 in 2000 it would be the fourth time in the past five years they accomplished the feat.
Leader of the Ship ... Fourth-year head coach Paul Hamilton has a 21-20 (.512) career record ... With the 20-7 win at The Citadel, Hamilton became the fastest to 20 career victories in program history ... With his next victory, Hamilton will have amassed the most victories in four seasons of any ETSU coach ... Hamilton is ETSUs 16th head coach.