ATHENS, Ohio –Junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw for a game-high 183 yards and one touchdown to lead the Ohio University Football Team to a 38-31 victory over Buffalo Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium. The win makes Ohio bowl eligible after just its sixth game of the 2012 season.
Ohio relied on an opportunistic defense throughout the contest, one which forced four Buffalo fumbles, three of which were recovered by Bobcat defenders. Corey Hasting (Miamiville, Ohio), Thad Ingol (Barberton, Ohio) and Carl Jones (Arlington, Texas) each forced one fumble in the game. Junior Keith Moore (Grove City, Ohio) was all over the field in the win, recording a game and career high 16 tackles.
Tettleton finished the game by going 14-of-26 for 183 yards and one touchdown. The junior signal-caller did throw an interception, which was his first pick in 161 attempts dating back to last season. Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) completed passes to six different receivers.
Eight of those completions went to senior wideout Bakari Bussey (West Chester, Ohio). Bussey’s eight receptions for 77 yards were both career highs.
Buffalo opened the game by achieving a 14-0 lead, scoring on its first two offensive possessions. The Bulls’ first scoring drive went 75 yards, while the second drive went for 93. The Bulls (1-4, 0-2 MAC) played a strong first quarter, outgaining Ohio by a 154-71 margin and converting their first six third-down attempts.
Following the Bulls’ second scoring drive, running back Daz’mond Patterson (Plant City, Fla.) took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards the other way to get the Bobcats on the board. Patterson’s 100-yard kickoff return tied a school record held by former Bobcat Donte Harden.
Ohio would fight back to tie the game at the start of the second quarter thanks to a 14-yard touchdown run by Blankenship. This and Matt Weller’s ensuing PAT tied the game at 14 apiece with 11:18 to play in the first half. Tyler Futrell (Altoona, Pa.) later caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tettleton and Weller connected on a 45-yard field goal to give the ‘Cats their largest lead of the afternoon at 24-14.
Buffalo answered back during the remainder of the third quarter, scoring on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Alex Dennison to Alex Neutz to pull within three and ultimately tied things up at 24 when Patrick Clarke hit a field goal from 30 yards out.
A pair of Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) touchdowns gave the ‘Cats a comfortable two-score lead in the fourth quarter. The junior scored from one yard out with 14:56 to play in the game before breaking free and scoring on a 51-yard run to put Ohio comfortably ahead with 5:56 to play.
Ohio will next be in action on Saturday, Oct. 13 against Akron. The Bobcats and Zips will kick off from Peden Stadium at 2 p.m. This game will serve as a part of Ohio University’s 2012 Homecoming celebration.