Facing the eighth-ranked defense in the nation, Elon (2-6, 1-3 SoCon) managed to churn out 293 total yards of offense, but had to settle for three field goals off the leg of #John Gallagher#.
"That was a good football team we faced - a strong, physical football team," said Elon head coach Jason Swepson. "I thought we did some things well today, but we just didn't score touchdowns. We have to go back to work and try and get a win next week."
On its second drive of the game, Elon put together a 16-play drive that covered 80 yards before Gallagher put the maroon and gold in front 3-0 with a 19-yard field goal. Mike Quinn completed six passes on the drive for 54 yards, including a 14-yard toss to Rasaun Rorie on third-and-six at the Mocs' 44.
UTC (5-2, 3-1) responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive to move in front 7-3 on a four-yard run by Keon Williams. Elon looked like it was going to get off the field when the Mocs lined up to punt on fourth-and-one at their own 34, but UTC faked the punt with Taharin Tyson taking the direct snap and toting the ball 24 yards to the Elon 42. A Williams 19-yard dash later set the Mocs up at the four.
Elon received prime field position with just over 11:30 to go in the second quarter when Julius Moore stripped Williams of the ball and Akeem Langham fell on it at the Mocs' 13-yard line. After a penalty, the Phoenix moved the ball back to the 13 before Gallagher booted his second field goal of the game to pull Elon within one, 7-6.
Williams pushed the UTC lead to 14-6 with 3:59 left in the first half, scoring on a two-yard run to cap a 10-play, 58-yard drive. It was a lead that the Mocs would carry into halftime.
UTC looked like it would extend its edge to 21-6 on its first drive of the second half on a 13-yard touchdown pass, but the Mocs were flagged for covering up the tight end. Two plays later, Nick Pollard hit a 32-yard field goal to make it a 17-6 contest with 7:10 to go in the third quarter. At midfield, the Mocs moved the chains on a three-yard run by Jacob Huesman on fourth-and-one.
The Phoenix came right back and drove to the UTC six before Gallagher hit his third field goal of the afternoon, this one from 23 yards away to close the gap to 17-9.
Chattanooga's Nick Pollard closed the scoring with a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Quinn finished the day with 237 passing yards on 44 completions. He ran his streak of passing attempts without an interception to 171. His leading target was Rorie who caught nine balls for 71 yards. Kierre Brown added 74 receiving yards on seven catches and amassed 95 yards on three kickoff returns.
On defense, Alexander Dawson made a career-high 11 tackles, while Dustin Ruff put up a personal-best 10 stops. Elon has now forced a turnover in four consecutive games.
For the Mocs, Davis Tull recorded a fourth-quarter sack to give him 24 for his career, a new program record. He finished the day with four tackles. Wes Dothard led all players with 13 tackles.
Williams ran the ball 24 times for 118 yards and two scores for UTC. The 20 points scored by the Mocs were a season low.
Elon will travel to conclude the month of October as the Phoenix will head to Cullowhee, N.C., next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. game at Western Carolina.