Turnovers doom Cats; fall to Chattanooga

Senior running back, Michael Johnson, scored WCU's only TD of the game. Photo: Doug Powell

Western Carolina lost its fifth game of the season Saturday night, falling to Chattanooga, 52-7, in the homecoming game for the Mocs.

Both the Catamounts and Mocs entered the night winless in SoCon play and the game was expected to be close down to the wire. It was not however, as the Catamounts committed five turnovers (3 interceptions, 2 fumbles lost) which led to the rout.

Chattanooga ran the ball a whopping 55 times for 265 yards and two touchdowns, led by freshman running back, Marquis Green.  When the Mocs did go to the air they had success as freshman quarterback, Terrell Robinson connected on 7-of-11 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

The Mocs scored 44-straight points before the Catamounts finally got on the scoreboard as junior running back, Michael Vaughn got into the end zone on a one-yard run after a Chattanooga turnover deep in their own territory.  It would be the Catamounts only score of the night.

Senior wide receiver led the Catamounts on the ground with two carries for 42 yards.  Junior wide receiver led the receiving department with six catches for 60 yards and sophomore quarterback, Brandon Pechloff finished the night going 13-of-23 for 77 yards no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Western Carolina has now dropped three straight to the Mocs and four of the last five. The Catamounts will try to get their season back on track next Saturday when they take on the Citadel in Cullowhee, N.C.  Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. and it is homecoming for Western Carolina.