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Ohio Falls Short at Rutgers, 38-26

Xavier Hughes picked off his third pass of the season on Saturday.

Sept. 24, 2011

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw for a career-high 339 passing yards, but it was not enough as the Ohio football team (3-1) dropped a 38-26 decision to Rutgers (2-1) Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Tettleton's (Norman, Okla.) 300-yard passing game was a career-high. His previous career-best was set last week against Marshall where he tossed for 285 yards through the air. It also marked the first time an Ohio quarterback had thrown for 300 yards-or-more since 2009.

The Ohio signal-caller completed passes to 10 different receivers. Senior LaVon Brazill (Lantana, Fla.) hauled in four passes for a team-best 80 yards receiving.

Defensively for the Bobcats, sophomore Xavier Hughes (Germantown, Md.) finished the game with eight tackles, broke up three passes and picked off his team-best third pass of the year. Senior Noah Keller (Kearney, Neb.) also finished with eight tackles. His eight stops give him 341 for his career, which ranks 10th all-time at Ohio.

The Bobcats were outgained by only six yards (410-404), but were held to a season-low 65 yards on the ground. Ohio's 404 yards of total offense marked the second time this season it had surpassed 400 yards of total offense. Ohio also had a season-high four fumbles. The four fumbles led to 17 Rutgers' points, which proved to be the difference in the game.

Rutgers opened the scoring in the first quarter as Rutgers quarterback Chas Dodd found Mohamed Sanu in the endzone for the first of his two touchdowns on the afternoon. Mohamed finished the day with a game-high 176 yards receiving. It also marked the first time Ohio had trailed all year.

The Bobcats responded later in the quarter as Tettleton found Brazil for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Ohio scoring drive was set up by Hughes' interception, which gave the Bobcats the ball on RU's 26-yard line.

The Scarlet Kinights responded with a pair of touchdowns to make the count 21-7. Ohio's Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) added a field goal as time expired in the first half to make the count 21-10. The junior kicker's 42-yard field goal was the 39th of his career, which is the most in school history.

Ohio cut the RU lead to four (21-17) on its first drive of the second half as it went 62 yards in just four plays. Tettleton hit Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) for a 31-touchdown strike, but that was as close as Ohio would get for the remainder of the game as Rutgers would go on to outscore Ohio 17-9 to secure the win.

The Bobcats return to action on Oct. 1 as they open up Mid-American Conference play against Kent State. The game is set to kickoff at 2 p.m. inside Peden Stadium.