By John Kocsis
Saturday Sept. 22-The tone of the game was set very early by the Norfolk State Spartans. On the opening kickoff the Spartans had two number sevens on the field, wide receiver Wilonte’ Roscoe and linebacker Lynden Trail, which resulted in a five-yard penalty. On the very next play, running back Brandon Riddick fumbled the ball, and Ohio recovered it on the 20-yard line.
The Bobcats’ possession started off slowly, but after a false start on third and goal, quarterback Derrius Vick completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to a fading Donte Foster in the right-hand corner of the end zone. Matt Weller tacked on the extra point to make the score 7-0 in favor of the Bobcats.
Norfolk State’s next possession ended in a three and out, resulting in no yards. After receiving a punt, Ohio’s offense started at the Spartan’s 30-yard line, resulting in Vick throwing screen out to running back Beau Blankenship, who ran in for a 24-yard touchdown with 9: 32 left in the first quarter.
The Spartans’ next possession also resulted in yet again, another three and out, while the Bobcat’s received the ball on Norfolk State’s side of the field. After gaining 10 yards, Weller drilled a 49-yard field goal through the uprights to make the score 17-0.
Ohio led 34-0 at the half, and Vick was 11-15 passing and threw for 149 yards and three touchdowns.
In the second half, Blankenship became the first Ohio running back to rush for at least 100 yards in four consecutive games since Kalvin McRae did in 2007. He finished the game with 109 yards rushing and one touchdown rushing as well as one receiving touchdown and an average of 4.4 yards per carry.
The Bobcats’ offense was on the field for 32:07 compared to the Spartans’ 27:53, they were also more efficient, converting on seven of their 16 third downs compared to Norfolk State’s three for 15. Ohio’s defense found ways to force turnovers, the Spartans turned the ball over five times, three of which were fumbles.
Norfolk State slowed down the Bobcats’ offense in the second half, only allowing 10 points, but they didn’t get on the board until running back Randy Maynes pounded the ball into the end zone from seven yards out with 4:28 left in the fourth quarter. Spartan kicker Everett Goldberg scored a 42-yard field goal with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter to make the final score 44-10, Ohio.
Matt Weller converted three of his six field goal attempts; all three of his misses were in the second half. The three he converted were for 49 yards, 40 yards and 31 yards. Derrius Vick filled Tyler Tettleton’s role at quarterback, completing 14 of his 20 passes for a total of 199 yards and four touchdowns. He didn’t throw any interceptions. Donte Foster led the team with five receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Next Saturday at 3: 30, the 4-0 Bobcats will travel to Gillette Stadium to play the 0-4 University of Massachusetts Minutemen.
September 13, 2012- Kevin Noonan and Kayla Hanley are back on the desk to bring the latest news on women’s volleyball, men’s football, and women’s soccer. Be sure to watch this episode for an Ohio Sports Zone debate.
By Alexander Utano
The Ohio University Hockey season has started out with a full swing with their win against John Carrol this past Friday night with a winning score of 9-1. Coach Dan Morris said that one of the keys to the game was a quick start, and the Ohio Bobcats went out and got it. Freshman Michael Harris’ goal came just 30 seconds into the first period was just the beginning of a high scoring victory for the Ohio Bobcats in front of a packed Bird Arena crowd.
Harris’ goal was the first of his ACHA career and gave the Bobcats an early lead. Goaltender Fedor Dushkin made some saves throughout the first period, but John Carroll struck back, tying the game as the period closed down.
Another early goal by Zandon Dover off a scramble in front of the net gave the Bobcats the lead right back less than five minutes into the second period. A few minutes later, Whestsel increased the lead to 3-1, throwing the puck in front of the net and having it deflect off a skate. The Bobcats scored one more time with a goal from Jonathan Gulch to give the Bobcats a 4-1 lead heading into the final frame.
Michael Harris continued to impress in his first game, scoring again to make it 5-1 Ohio. That was when the Bobcats turned on the heat, as De La Torre made it 6-1 moments later. Following the play, Mike Kretz scored his first goal of the season. The game ended in a 9-1 Ohio Bobcats victory, leaving the large crowd that came out to support OU hockey proud and happy. The Bobcats will rematch John Carroll Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Bird Arena.
By Paul Monnin
Ohio Field Hockey fought a hard match under the lights Wednesday night at Pruitt Field, but ultimately fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes in a shootout, 1-0 (3-2). After the teams battled through 70 minutes of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods in scoreless fashion, a shootout was required to decide whether the Bobcats or Buckeyes would leave the field victoriously, and it came down to the very last shot.
After exchanging goals and misses in the first four rounds of the shootout, the Bobcats saw their final attempt go wide right. Seconds later, Ohio State’s Kaitlyn Wagner outmaneuvered Ohio goalkeeper Brittany Walker and scored the game’s decisive goal.
“I thought we played amazingly; we played really well,” Walker said following the loss. “We had great opportunities.”
On a night in which goals were at an absolute premium, the Bobcats did have great opportunities, none more advantageous than their two penalty corners in the second overtime, the first of which senior Taylor Brown sent high and the second of which Luli Gomez Teruel sent off the goalpost.
“We played really well. As the game developed, we got unlucky,” said Ohio Head Coach Neil Macmillan, “especially with that post in the second overtime.”
The match Wednesday night was the second consecutive for the Bobcats that ended in a shootout. The Bobcats defeated Indiana on Sunday 2-1 (3-2) after finishing the second overtime tied at one. The Bobcats will try to bounce back from the close loss when they face off with Robert Morris on Saturday in Athens.
By Chris Saulnier
On a mostly cloudy day at Chessa Field the Ohio University women’s soccer team provided a ray of sunshine defeating Cleveland State 2-1. Two of the games three goals were scored in the first eleven minutes of the game. The first coming from Ohio freshman Holly Harris off a hard shot near the post. It was the first goal of her collegiate career. Less than two minutes later a strike from Cleveland State’s Vickie Havas caught Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston off guard to tie the game. The remainder of the first half was a defensive battle. Ohio only allowed 3 total shots on goal. Ohio also outshot Cleveland State 6-to-1 in the first 45 minutes.
As the teams took the field for the second half there was a change in the net for Ohio who went with Nicole Amari between the pipes. Continuing to play solid defense throughout the second half Ohio’s moment came when Harris converted a Cat Roger’s corner kick for her second goal of the game. The rest of the match was defined by the Bobcat’s tough defense and Ohio’s third goalie Rachel Fryan’s solid effort in goal.
Overall the Bobcats shot 15 times to Cleveland State’s 6 and used one of their five corner kicks to score while Cleveland State’s 3 corner kicks proved unproductive. Despite giving up 2 goals, Cleveland State’s Becca Coleman had 5 saves. Each Bobcat goalie had a save of their own bringing the team total to 3. The win improved the Bobcats record to 4-3 and kept them undefeated at home (3-0). The team’s next game will be Friday, September 14 as the Bobcats host the Youngstown State Penguins at 4:00 p.m.
By Paul Monnin,
After upsetting Penn State in their season opener on the road last week in Happy Valley, the Bobcats came out with a strong showing in their home opener, defeating the New Mexico State Aggies in commanding fashion, 51-24.
The Bobcats pulled away in the third quarter, scoring 24 unanswered points to take control. After a five-yard touchdown run by Beau Blankenship put the Bobcats ahead 31-17 with 6:44 remaining in the third, the defense sealed the deal. On the first play of the ensuing Aggies drive, redshirt sophomore Nathan Carpenter intercepted New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Manley’s pass and returned it for a touchdown, all but ensuring the win for the home team.
Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton had a strong outing for the second straight week, completing 15 of his 23 pass attempts for two touchdowns and running for another in just three quarters of work. The redshirt junior compiled 275 total yards before being relieved by backup Derrius Vick.
Blankenship also impressed the fans at Peden Stadium, running for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.
The Aggies played the Bobcats tough in the first half and pulled within four points with a field goal early in the third quarter. On the ensuing Bobcats drive, Tettleton connected with wide receiver Tyler Futrell on a 50-yard passing play that set up a 37-yard field goal by Matt Weller, igniting the Bobcats 24-point run.
The night was particularly special for Weller, as the Bobcats kicker became Ohio football’s all-time leading scorer.
Next week, the Bobcats will travel to Huntington, WV to face off with Marshall. The Thundering Herd will be seeking revenge after being humiliated by the Bobcats last year in Athens by a score of 44-7.