Scores

Final

UT Martin 31

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Chattanooga 21

(0-1, 0-1 home)

7:30 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UTM 0 7 7 1731
CHAT 0 0 7 1421

Top Performers

Passing: J. Huesman (CHAT) - 226 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. McNeil (UTM) - 26 CAR, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Butler (UTM) - 10 REC, 91 YDS

Running backs shine in UT-Martin's 31-21 win

Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- DJ McNeil and Trent Garland each rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown as Tennessee-Martin beat Chattanooga 31-21 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

The Skyhawks amassed 289 yards on the ground, led by McNeil's 134 and Garland's 116, both career-highs.

Tennessee-Martin kept the Mocs' offense in check for much of the night, keeping Chattanooga off the scoreboard for their first eight possessions. An interception by J'von Blackmon late in the second quarter set up a 2-yard touchdown run by McNeil, the only score in the first half.

Trailing 14-0 in the third, Chattanooga twice cut the lead to a touchdown. But both times Tennessee-Martin responded with points on the following drive. Garland's 33-yard touchdown run late in the fourth extended the lead to 31-14.

Jacob Huesman threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns for Chattanooga, but his lone interception proved costly.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTM
CHAT
1st Downs2318
Total Yards451368
Passing162226
Rushing289142
Penalties9-1053-37
3rd Down Conversions8-165-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers31
Possession30:3029:30

Passing Leaders

Tennessee-MartinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Favre9/12836.910
ChattanoogaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Huesman17/302267.531

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee-MartinCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNeil261345.2117
Garland811614.5133
ChattanoogaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Huesman22904.1022
Williams8405.009

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee-MartinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Butler10919.1020
Thompson44010.0113
ChattanoogaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green57314.6129
Hudson46817.0041

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERUTMCHAT
TD03:56DJ McNeil 2 Yd Run (Jackson Redditt Kick) 70
THIRD QUARTERUTMCHAT
TD02:21Dylan Favre 13 Yd Run (Jackson Redditt Kick) 140
TD01:00Faysal Shafaat 18 Yd Pass From Jacob Huesman (Nick Pollard Kick) 147
FOURTH QUARTERUTMCHAT
TD12:56Chris Thompson 13 Yd Pass From Dylan Favre (Jackson Redditt Kick) 217
TD07:16Marquis Green 29 Yd Pass From Jacob Huesman (Nick Pollard Kick) 2114
FG04:35Jackson Redditt 29 Yd 2414
TD02:35Trent Garland 33 Yd Run (Jackson Redditt Kick) 3114
TD01:32Faysal Shafaat 13 Yd Pass From Jacob Huesman (Nick Pollard Kick) 3121