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Mocs Football Fumbles Against Paladins, 17-41

The Mocs have had a rough start to the season, and Saturday was no exception.

Pregame festivities started at 12 P.M. and lasted throughout the day. A lot of good food was eaten and plenty of alcoholic beverages were absorbed. 30 minutes before kickoff, the Mocs Walk took place and the band showed off their fantastic skills and performing ability.

However, the game itself was lackluster, to say the least. Freshman Cole Copeland started in place of injured quarterbacks Alejandro Binnefield and Nick Tiano, and the offense struggled for the majority of the game as a result.

After a promising first quarter that saw the Mocs take a 10-7 lead over the Furman Paladins, the Mocs were stifled by the Furman defense until late in the fourth quarter. For the second straight week, Chattanooga struggled to run the football against a SOCON opponent, gaining only 7 total yards. On the other side, Furman ran for 290 yards and two touchdowns against a soft UTC defense.

Despite most of it coming in garbage time, Copeland set a school record for passing yards by a true freshman in his debut with 317 yards. The Mocs go on the road to play Mercer next week.

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