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Bobcats Take Down Gardner-Webb in Home Opener, 30-3

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Head coach Frank Solich collected his 100th victory Saturday over Gardner-Webb.
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Head coach Frank Solich collected his 100th victory Saturday over Gardner-Webb.
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Sept. 10, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio Football team won its 2011 home opener in impressive fashion on Saturday night, earning a 30-3 victory over the visiting Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs in front of 23,155 fans at Peden Stadium. The win was Ohio head coach Frank Solich's 100th victory as a NCAA head football coach and his 42nd win since taking over the reins at Ohio in 2005.

The Bobcats outgained the Runnin' Bulldogs, compiling 386 total offensive yards to their opponents 94. Ohio's offense rumbled for 275 yards on 44 carries, more than doubling that of Gardner Webb. Donte Harden was incredibly effective on the ground for the `Cats, rushing 12 times for a total of 94 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry.

Ohio's offensive attack was far from one-dimensional on Saturday, as Tyler Tettleton was 13-of-21 through the air, netting 128 passing yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target of the evening was LaVon Brazill, who caught six passes for 60 yards and one score.

Gardner Webb gave the Green and White a good run in the first quarter, refusing to allow the `Cats to score early. This changed in the second quarter when Ohio scored 24 unanswered points to take a resounding 24-0 lead at halftime. Tettleton found Brazill and Riley Dunlop on 15 and 14-yard touchdown strikes, respectively, and kicker Matt Weller added a 45-yard field goal to the mix.

Jelani Woseley put his stamp on the first half as well, catching his first-career interception and running it back 26 yards for his first-career touchdown in the second quarter.

Both teams traded field goals to start the second half, as Weller connected on a 31-yarder two minutes into the third quarter and Gardner Webb's Trever Austin hit an impressive 41-yard field goal just a few moments later. Weller ended the scoring with 4:51 remaining in the game, hitting his third field goal of the game to make it 30-3.

On the defensive side of the ball for Ohio, Neal Huynh proved himself to be quite the handful for the visitors. The defensive lineman accounted for nine total tackles on the night, three of which were solo. A thorn in the side of the opposing offensive line all night, Huynh also accounted for 2.5 tackles for loss.

Ohio's next game is a September 17 contest against the rival Marshall Thundering Herd. Kickoff is set for 7 pm at Peden Stadium.

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