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.