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Chattanooga Mocs vs. Kentucky Wildcats Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

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308903Mocs Chattanooga
308904Wildcats Kentucky
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47.5o -110
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28
Jacob Hoffman
4 WIN, 3 LOSE, PUSH 1
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Chris Rodriguez Jr. has accumulated more rushing yards through two games than any running back in Kentucky history.

Rodriguez aims to post his third straight stellar outing when the Wildcats entertain FCS program Chattanooga on Saturday at Lexington, Ky.

The 5-11, 224-pound bruiser has 331 rushing yards for Kentucky (2-0) after gaining a career-high 206 in a 35-28 win over Missouri on Sept. 11.

Rodriguez scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) against the Tigers and is the 10th player in school history to reach 20 rushing scores.

"I wouldn't say we played excellent but we wanted it more than they did," Rodriguez told ESPN after the win.

The Wildcats are projected to have an easy time against the Mocs (1-1) but coach Mark Stoops doesn't want to hear any such chatter.

"You would never hear me use the word 'breather.' That's not in our vocabulary," Stoops said at a press conference. "The only thing we're interested in is pressing on and moving forward. Any great team, no matter what the competition level is, plays to the best of their ability, and that's what we're always trying to do."

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis has passed for 546 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, while wideout Wan'Dale Robinson has 10 receptions for 226 yards and two scores. Robinson is the first Wildcat to open the season with back-to-back 100-yard efforts since Craig Yeast in 1998.

Defensively, linebacker J.J. Weaver has 2.5 sacks for a program looking to record its 13th consecutive nonconference victory.

Chattanooga lost its opener 30-20 to Austin Peay before recovering for a 20-0 road win over North Alabama last Saturday.

The Mocs now step up in status but coach Rusty Wright maintains his team won't be intimidated to play an SEC program.

"It doesn't matter what level you're at, you have to show up and play," Wright said at a press conference. "Crazy things happen. One group's focus might not be ready and the other is and by the time you look up, you are in the middle of a dogfight and sometimes it's too late to recover."

One player Chattanooga counts on is defensive lineman Devonnsha Maxwell, who matched a school record with 3.5 sacks against North Alabama.

"I wasn't making very many plays at first and I just put my head down and defensively it came," Maxwell said. "It just shows you have to be resilient."

Ailym Ford rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against North Alabama and leads the Mocs with 174 rushing yards.

--Field Level Media

Chattanooga Mocs vs. Kentucky Wildcats Recap SEP 18TH 2021

Tyrell Ajian returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as Kentucky staved off an upset attempt and registered a 28-23 victory over Chattanooga in a nonconference game Saturday at Lexington, Ky.

Will Levis passed for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Wildcats (3-0). Wan'Dale Robinson had eight receptions for 111 yards, Isaiah Epps and Izayah Cummings caught scoring passes and Josh Ali tacked on a touchdown run for Kentucky.

Ailym Ford rushed for 128 yards on 21 carries and Reginald Harrison had nine receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown for the Mocs, the 22nd-ranked FCS program. Chattanooga lost its 55th consecutive game to SEC teams since beating Tennessee in 1958.

Cole Copeland completed 21 of 35 passes for 168 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while rushing for a score for the Mocs (1-2). Aaron Sears kicked three field goals.

Chattanooga trailed by five and was stationed at the Wildcats' 35-yard line when Copeland threw into double coverage. Ajian made the interception at the 5 and navigated toward the left and sprinted down the sideline to give Kentucky a 28-16 lead with 7:40 left.

The Mocs charged back with a 14-play, 75-yard drive and Copeland scored on a 2-yard keeper to make it a five-point margin with 1:20 to play.

Ali recovered the ensuing onside kick and Kentucky ran out the clock for its 13th straight nonconference victory.

Kentucky outgained Chattanooga 348-339 while committing three turnovers. The Mocs' only miscue was the costly interception.

Sears booted a 43-yard field goal with 10:43 left in the third quarter as Chattanooga pulled within 14-13.

Rashun Freeman intercepted Levis late in the third quarter at the Mocs' 34-yard line. Chattanooga drove 53 yards on seven plays to set up Sears' 30-yard field goal that gave the Mocs a 16-14 edge with 13:27 remaining in the game.

The Wildcats answered with a swift seven-play, 77-yard drive. Levis, who completed 23 of 35 passes, concluded it with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Cummings to give Kentucky a five-point lead with 10:18 left.

Kentucky opened the contest with Ali's 11-yard scoring scamper on the fly sweep. The Mocs answered with Copeland's 12-yard scoring pass to Harrison with 6:46 left in the opening quarter.

The Wildcats moved back ahead when Levis threw a 20-yard touchdown to Epps to make it 14-7.

--Field Level Media

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