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Bobcats Blow Past Zips, 43-3

Ohio senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton

Oct. 5, 2013

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AKRON, Ohio - A little rain didn't stop the Ohio University football team (4-1, 1-0 MAC) from rolling to its fourth straight victory, a 43-3 triumph over the University of Akron (1-5, 0-2 MAC) Saturday afternoon at Infocision Stadium-Summa Field.

The Bobcats opened Mid-American Conference play with a win for the third straight season and won their sixth straight over the Zips. Ohio has won 19 of its last 25 games dating back to the 2011 season. Ninth-year head coach Frank Solich earned his 121st career win and 63rd at Ohio, moving him into eighth-place on the all-time MAC coaching list.

Ohio's defense dominated the game, limiting Akron to 157 yards and recording eight sacks - Ohio's most in a game since 1999. Redshirt senior defensive end Ty Branz (York, Neb.) recorded 2.5 sacks, and freshman defensive lineman Tarell Basham (Rocky Mount, Va.) added two more. Redshirt junior safety Thad Ingol (Barberton, Ohio) intercepted his second career pass and returned his first career fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Offensively, the Bobcats piled up 362 yards, converted 7-of-14 of their third-down attempts and scored on six of seven trips to the red zone.

Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) went 14-of-21 for 171 yards and two touchdowns, passed former Kent State quarterback Joshua Cribbs for 25th all-time on the MAC passing list and matched former Eastern Michigan quarterback Charlie Batch for 22nd all-time on the conference's touchdown pass list. Tettleton improved to 22-9 since taking over as Ohio's starting quarterback in 2011.

Redshirt senior wide receiver Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) hauled in a team-high four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt senior running back Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) rushed for a team-high 67 yards on 14 carries.

The Bobcats were aided by 12 Akron penalties that resulted in 135 yards.

After failing to score on its first offensive series for the first time since the opening week of the 2013 campaign, the Bobcats landed the first punch courtesy of a big special teams play on the ensuing punt. Redshirt sophomore punter Grant Venham (Belpre, Ohio) booted the ball to the Akron 17-yard line. Akron sophomore punt returner Imani Davis fumbled the ball when he was hit by redshirt sophomore long snapper Miles Chapman (Tiffin, Ohio). Davis fell on the ball in the end zone and was swarmed by the Ohio coverage unit for a safety.

The Zips forced the Bobcats to go three-and-out on their second possession, then marched 49 yards down the field in nine plays over 4:02 and capped the drive with a 31-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Robert Stein.

Ohio's offense came to life on its fourth possession after being forced to punt on each of its first three drives. Tettleton connected with redshirt senior tight end Anthony Talbert (Cincinnati, Ohio) on third-and-one for a gain of 29 yards to the Akron 18-yard line. Two plays later, Foster hauled in a 13-yard scoring strike from Tettleton to help extend Ohio's edge to 9-3 with 3:02 remaining.

The Bobcats exploded for 21 points in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 30-3 advantage.

Ohio extended its lead to 16-3 on a nine-play, 87-yard drive that covered 3:55. Blankenship rushed five times for 32 yards - including a 19-yard scamper to start the drive. Tettleton found Foster for a 43-yard gain and scrambled for 11 yards to set up a one-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Troy Mangen (Union, Ohio), the rookie's first scoring reception of his career.

Ingol snuffed out Akron's ensuing drive by picking off sophomore quarterback Kyle Pohl and returning the interception 34 yards to the Akron 26. The Bobcats then moved 13 yards on six plays and upped their lead to 20 points with 4:45 to play in the half by way of a one-yard touchdown run by redshirt senior running back Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.).

Ingol helped push the lead to 30-3 a minute later when he scooped up a Pohl fumble forced by redshirt junior safety Josh Kristoff (Pickerington, Ohio) and ran it back 18 yards for a score.

The Bobcats increased their lead to 30 points with 1:13 to go in the third quarter by way of a 35-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio), capping a seven-play, 35-yard drive that was engineered by sophomore quarterback Derrius Vick (Lincoln, Neb.).

Ohio opened the fourth quarter by marching 64 yards on eight plays over 3:30, with sophomore running back Daz'mond Patterson (Plant City, Fla.) putting the exclamation point on the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

Yazdani made the score final when he connected from 28 yards out with 1:47 to play to cap a nine-play, 45-yard drive.

Ohio hosts Central Michigan in a MAC interdivision battle on Homecoming next Saturday at 2 p.m.