ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University football team earned a convincing 44-10 victory over Norfolk State to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1976, thanks to four touchdown passes from quarterback Derrius Vick, who made his first career start Saturday at Peden Stadium.
Vick (Lincoln, Neb.) finishing the game by going 14-of-20 for 199 yards through the air with no interceptions and hit eight different receivers. Junior Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) led the team with five receptions, which tied a career high. He also totaled a game-high 69 yards receiving, while hauling in a career-high two touchdowns.
Fellow junior Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) also accounted for a pair of touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) as he gained a game-high 109 yards on the ground on 25 carries (4.4 average).
Defensively, Ohio picked off NSU quarterback Nico Flores twice, holding him to just 63 yards passing. Backup quarterback Jake Basmagian also struggled as he went just 8-of-14 for 68 yards. Senior cornerback Mose Denton (Lakewood, Calif.) led the Bobcats with seven tackles.
Fellow senior Alphonso Lewis (Altoona, Pa.) also chipped in defensively as he registered six tackles (five solo). Junior Keith Moore (Grove City, Ohio) collected team-best 1.5 tackles for loss, and finished the afternoon with five total tackles.
Ohio never trailed in the game as it outscored Norfolk State 24-0 in the first quarter and never looked back. Norfolk State running back Brendon Riddick fumbled the ball on the first play of the game, which gave Ohio the ball at the NSU 22 yard line. Five plays later, Ohio had the first touchdown thanks to a 10-yard touchdown pass from Vick to Foster.
The Bobcats scored points on five of their first six offensive possessions, scoring 10 points in the second and 10 points in the third frame to open up a 44-0 lead through three quarters of play.
Norfolk State running back Randy Maynes gave the Spartans their first touchdown of the afternoon as he plunged in from seven yards out. The Spartans' late fourth quarter touchdown marked just the second time this season Ohio has allowed a touchdown.
NSU added a field goal less than four minutes later to make the count 44-10, but that was as close as the Spartans would get for the remainder of the game.
Ohio returns to action next week as it travels East to take on Massachusetts inside Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.com.