BATON ROUGE, La. — Every FCS team aspires to pull off the ultimate upset when it travels to play the big boys of college football. But that goal is rarely met, leaving teams like Chattanooga with a more modest set of goals.
For the Mocs, like the Tigers, this week was about seeing how you can build on the things that worked and applying them to conference play.
The Mocs were pleased with how they lined up against LSU’s far superior firepower, particularly on offense as they scored the first points allowed by the Tigers this season in the 45-10 defeat.
In a game full of deep throws, the longest play of all was Mocs quarterback Nick Tiano’s 67-yard hookup with Joseph Parker that set up their lone touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Chattanooga coach Tom Arth
- On the Mocs’ opening drive, which resulted in an early 3-0 lead: “As a group I was impressed with how we came out. I thought we came out offensively and put a fantastic drive together, converted some third downs. Executed very, very well. Took a lot of time off the clock. Unfortunately, we got down inside the 5 and didn’t quite finish. Expected some man coverages, then they end up playing zone. Having to kick a field goal, I thought that was real positive coming out that way, but then obviously we need to finish those drives with touchdowns against an opponent like LSU.”
- On LSU running back Derrius Guice: “He’s an outstanding player. He definitely was a major factor in the game. He had some great runs and I think that’s an area we need to do better on, defending the run.”
Chattanooga quarterback Nick Tiano
- On the opening drive: “I think it was great for us. Everybody came out ready to go. We’ve got a lot of tough guys. We came out and played hard and executed well on that first drive, really until we got down inside the red zone.”
- On the team keeping its poise in Death Valley (the Mocs had 10 penalty yards): “We showed a lot of focus, we showed that we can do some good things. If everybody continues to get better we’re all excited about this next opportunity. We’re having fun, we’re playing hard. We know we’re getting better. I think everybody’s excited about where we’re going.”