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.