Mocs take advantage of penalty vs. Eagles

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The outcome of a
football game can change following a
personal foul penalty.

But how often is that call roughing the holder, as was the case
Saturday night in Chattanooga’s 35-27 win over Georgia Southern in
Finley Stadium?

Yes – roughing the holder.

In the NCAA
Football Rules and Interpretations
book, it states that roughing is a personal foul penalty that
endangers the kicker or holder.

And Georgia Southern defensive tackle Roderick Tinsley
definitely did that, punishing holder Sloan Allison on a missed
40-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter.

“Oh, he roughed me,” said Allison.

Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken had little to argue or say
about the play: “We had a guy in there in the backfield, and we
didn’t block it, and we ran into the holder and gave them a first

The roughing the holder play began a five-play stretch of
fortune for the Mocs (4-2, 3-1) and deflation for the Eagles, who
dropped their second consecutive game.

Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman scampered in from 11 yards
out on the following play to pull the Mocs within 21-20.

“It was pretty deflating because I thought we had the stop,”
Sophomore defensive tackle Brent Russell said. “They came back and
scored on the next play. That was very deflating and I even thought
the ball popped out.”

Three snaps later, Robert Brown fumbled and gave Chattanooga the
ball 25 yards from the end zone. The Mocs took advantage with a
3-yard sweep by J.J. Jackson that put the Chattanooga ahead for

Jackson’s run came as part of a 148-yard rushing effort for the
Mocs who wound up with 195 rushing yards.