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|October 01, 2022||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|ETSU||TD||11:57||Bryson Irby 36 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)|
|ETSU||FG||03:38||Tyler Keltner 32 Yd|
|ETSU||FG||07:54||Tyler Keltner 33 Yd|
|UTC||FG||03:08||Southard 37 Yd|
|UTC||TD||14:22||Ford 9 Yd Run (Southard kick)|
|UTC||TD||10:38||Mayes 11 Yd Pass From Hutchinson (Southard kick)|
|ETSU||FG||07:10||Tyler Keltner 31 Yd|
|UTC||TD||01:11||Ford 1 Yd Run (Southard kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||UTC||ETSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||9-16||1-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||221 (20-33)||90 (8-22)|
|Rushing (Att)||122 (42)||144 (34)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 1, 2022) – It was a tale of two halves for ETSU football.
Unfortunately, after jumping out to a 13-0 lead at halftime and taking 10-point advantage into the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers could not hold on as No. 10 Chattanooga rallied for a 24-16 victory on a cool and rainy Saturday at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.
The Bucs surrendered 21 fourth-quarter points and couldn’t muster much offense in the final 30 minutes as the Mocs kept The Rail for a third straight time.
In the first half, ETSU outgained the Mocs 190 to 68 en route to a 13-point lead. However, things shifted in the final 30 minutes where Chattanooga – the preseason Southern Conference favorite – totaled 271 yards of offense and limited the Bucs to 44 yards.
For the game, ETSU finished with 234 yards of offense (144 rushing/90 passing) while being held to 11 first downs and 1-of-14 on third down. The Mocs registered 339 yards of offense (118 rushing/221 passing) and generated 15 of their 23 first downs in the second half. Chattanooga was 9-of-16 on third down and held the ball for nearly 33 minutes, including for 18-plus minutes in the second half. Chattanooga ran 19 more plays than ETSU, 75 to 56, with the Mocs averaging 4.5 yards per play to the Bucs’ 4.2 mark.
With the loss, ETSU dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in conference play, while Chattanooga improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
ETSU 7, Chattanooga 0: The Bucs started strong on the game’s first possession, driving 83 yards on seven plays for a touchdown. Sophomore running back Bryson Irby (Douglasville, Ga.) capped off the drive with his longest-career rush for a 36-yard score.
ETSU 10, Chattanooga 0: Junior kicker Tyler Keltner (Tallahassee, Fla.) moved up the record book with a 32-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with his 238th career point scored. He now ranks fourth all-time, moving ahead of Jerry Chapman (1995-98) with 244.
ETSU 13, Chattanooga 0: After a botched snap by Chattanooga on a punt, ETSU took over in the red zone and Keltner extended the lead with a 32-yard field goal. The Bucs led with just under eight minutes remaining in the half and took the 13-0 lead into the locker room.
ETSU 13, Chattanooga 3: After the ETSU defense held its rival scoreless in the first half, the No. 10 Mocs got on the board with a 37-yard field goal from Andrew Southard with 3:08 to go in the third quarter.
ETSU 13, Chattanooga 10: The Mocs pulled within a possession in the first minute of the fourth quarter, capping off a 53-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown run from Ailym Ford. The extra point made it 13-10 with 14:22 remaining.
Chattanooga 17, ETSU 13: Chattanooga took its first lead of the game with 10:38 to go, scoring on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Preston Hutchinson to Jamoi Mayes.
Chattanooga 17, ETSU 16: Special teams woes nearly cost Chattanooga the lead midway through the fourth quarter when a Trace Kelley (Gallatin, Tenn.) punt hit off the back of the Mocs’ Chris Houston and the Buccaneers recovered. ETSU turned that into three points with another Keltner field goal, which tied his single-game career high set last season at Vanderbilt. It pulled the Bucs within one point with 7:10 remaining in the contest.
Chattanooga 24, ETSU 16: The Mocs killed nearly six minutes on its final drive, finishing a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard rush by Ford — his second touchdown. ETSU tried to drive down the field with 1:11 remaining, but the final Hail Mary pass was unsuccessful at the goal line.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Bucs will look for their first conference win next week on the road at VMI. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. in Lexington, Va.
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