Bryce Nunnelly Has Breakout Game Beginning Year Two
UTC wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) runs the ball downfield during the UTC vs. Tennessee Tech NCAA football game at Finley Stadium Thursday, August 30, 2018. (Times Free Press Photo: Erin O. Smith)
Bryce Nunnelly finished his first football season at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with 89 yards on seven catches.
He equaled that production — and then some — Thursday night in his first game of season two.
Nunnelly had 161 yards on seven catches in the Mocs' game against Tennessee Tech. Lightning and weather forced a two-hour weather delay. The game could have been called, but Golden Eagles head coach Dewayne Alexander refused to accept that option.
The Mocs led 34-10 with 10:25 remaining when the delay started.
Nunnelly formed a solid connection with quarterback Nick Tiano starting on the third possession. The two teamed up on a 42-yard catch on the first play of the drive, which led to a Victor Ulmo field goal and a 6-0 lead.
After the Golden Eagles had taken a 7-6 lead, Nunnelly was called on again, taking a screen pass on a third-and-20 and sprinting 89 yards for a score. The score seemed to completely open up the UTC offense, which had 306 yards on 34 plays after the first quarter.
From that point forward, Tyrell Price had a 40-yard scoring run, set up by a Tiano 24-yard scamper. Wil Young had a 63-yard reception for a score as the Mocs had two rushes of at least 20 yards and four receptions of at least 30 yards after a 2017 season in which they had eight such plays (three 20-yard runs, five 30-yard completions).
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UTC wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) catches a pass during the UTC vs. Tennessee Tech NCAA football game at Finley Stadium Thursday, August 30, 2018. (Times Free Press Photo: Erin O. Smith)