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Ohio Defeats Marshall 44-7 To Claim Bell

Tyler Tettleton threw for a career-high 285 yards Saturday night.

Sept. 17, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio - Sophomore Tyler Tettleton threw for a career-high 285 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Ohio University football team (3-0) to a convincing 44-7 victory over Marshall Saturday night at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats forced the Thundering Herd into six turnovers in front of 24,422 fans, the third-largest crowd ever at Peden Stadium.

The win over Marshall was the first that Ohio has registered in the series since 2000, when the Bobcats defeated the Thundering Herd 38-28. Saturday's victory also marked the best start for Ohio Football since the 1976 season.

Ohio got on the board first thanks to a two-yard pass from Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) to senior LaVon Brazill (Lantana, Fla.), which capped a six-play, 39-yard drive that spanned 2:32. The drive was set up by an interception by junior Omar Leftwich, which gave the Bobcats first and 10 from the Marshall 39-yard line.

Marshall answered back almost immediately, scoring on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Rakeen Cato to Aaron Dobson. Ohio's defense responded, forcing the Thundering Herd into turnovers on five of their next six drives. Xavier Hughes (one interception), Travis Carrie (one interception) and Nate Carpenter (one fumble recovery) all forced turnovers during the stretch.

It was smooth sailing for Ohio from this point forward. Four Bobcats carried the ball seven times or more, with Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) accounting for the bulk of the rushes. The redshirt sophomore ran over Marshall defenders all game en route to 130 yards on 25 carries (5.2 per carry). Boykin scored one touchdown during the game and his longest rush was a 33-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.

In addition to moving the ball very effectively through the air, Tettleton proved quite elusive on the ground during Saturday's contest. The quarterback rushed for 53 yards on nine carries, scoring one touchdown in the process.

Ohio's receiving corps made a statement on Saturday as 11 different receivers caught at least one pass. Phil Bates (Omaha, Neb.), Donte Harden (Erie, Pa.), Jordan Thompson (Rockford, Ohio) and Brazill led the way, catching three passes on the night. Brazill caught two touchdowns while Bates accounted for the other, a 50-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter.

The Bobcats took a 34-7 lead into the locker room and never looked. In the third quarter, junior Matt Weller added his third field goal on the night, tying the all-time mark of field goals made of 38 set by Kevin Kerr (1999-02).

In the fourth quarter, Boykin scored from a yard out to tie Ohio's highest scoring output this season.

The Green and White will take to the road for the next game of the season, a Sept. 24 contest at Rutgers. Game time is set for 2 p.m. EST in Piscataway, N.J.

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