MOCS GAME IN BITS & PIECES

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NFL BLITZ - Lind­sey Young Staff writer

SATUR­DAY’S STAR

Mercer re­turn spe­cial­ist Stephen Houzah was his team’s only “of­fen­sive” threat. His back-to-back kick­off re­turns of 73 and 91 yards set up each of the Bears’ touch­downs.

SATUR­DAY’S STAT

Mercer had more kick­off re­turn yards, 177, than to­tal of­fen­sive yards, 149. Bonus stat: UTC more than dou­bled the Bears in to­tal of­fense with 309 yards.

TURN­ING POINT

Houzah’s sec­ond kick­off re­turn came sec­onds af­ter the Mocs had taken a 9-7 lead with just more than two min­utes to play, and con­sid­er­ing how bot­tled up the Mercer of­fense had been to that point, the game ap­peared to be in UTC’s hands.

HIGH­LIGHT PLAYS

A strange se­quence of events cost the Mocs seven points in the sec­ond quar­ter. Nose­guard Derek Ma­haf­fey in­ter­cepted a screen pass and re­turned it 61 yards for an ap­par­ent touch­down. How­ever, he was called for an un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty be­fore he crossed the goal line, so the touch­down was nul­li­fied. The Mocs were also called for a sec­ond 15-yarder for a player leav­ing the side­line to cel­e­brate. The drive ended with a missed field goal.

WHAT IT MEANS

Be­cause the playoffs were ba­si­cally out of reach any­way, the game’s main sig­nif­i­cance is a bad loss that will st­ing for a while.

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