Bobcats bounce back at home

By: Chris Saulnier

After losing their first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion on the road, Ohio University (8-1) dulled the pain by beating Eastern Michigan University (1-8) at home on Thursday night 45-14.

The Bobcats got off to a good start scoring first on a Beau Blankenship 2 yard run. However the defense allowed Eastern Michigan to strike back, tying the game with a 17-yard pass to Ryan Brumfield from quarterback Tyler Benz.

In the second quarter Tyler Tettleton collected two touchdown passes of his own, one to Chase Cochran and the other to Donte Foster. Those scores and a 25-yard Matt Weller field goal combined to give Ohio a 24-14 lead at halftime.

Eastern Michigan scored their second touchdown of the game after a rare Tettleton interception as his pass was tipped at the line. The interception was Tettleton’s second of the season.

In a back and forth third quarter, Ohio recorded the only score, as Donte Foster broke free for a 79-yard pass from Tettleton. This gave Ohio a comfortable 31-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

It took nearly ten minutes but eventually Ohio was able to score yet again when Ryan Boykin ran 13 yards untouched right up the middle of the field. Boykin collected 128 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Blankenship finished the day with 72 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown of his own.

Late in the fourth quarter Ohio punched in another score on a run from Daz’mond Patterson who ran 29 yards into the end zone and recorded his first career rushing touchdown. This sealed the victory giving Ohio a 45-14 lead with less than 2 minutes left on the clock.

Wide receiver Donte Foster had a career-high 164 receiving yards, which tied for eighth all-time at Ohio University. Tettleton finished the night 19/27 with 255 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception. This was the sixth time in his career that Tettleton has thrown 3 touchdowns in a single game.

Ohio’s next opponent will be Bowling Green State University (6-3) on November 7 at home in Athens. The game will have high conference ramifications, as each team is 4-1 in the MAC.

Beat up Bobcats remain undefeated

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.