AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio football team (5-3; 2-2 MAC) got back to its winning ways on Saturday, earning a 37-20 victory over the Akron Zips. The Bobcats were firing on all cylinders offensively, generating the second-highest yardage total of the season with 556 total yards.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) led the way for the Green and White, completing 21 passes for 328 yards and two scores. He also rushed for one touchdown.
The sophomore quarterback was only 11 passing yards short of his career high, achieved at Rutgers on Sept. 24. Donte Harden (Erie, Pa.) was also a big part of Ohio's ability to keep possession and control the clock, as he rushed for a season-high 123 yards on 23 attempts.
The win marked the fourth-consecutive time that the Bobcats (5-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) have defeated the Zips. Through 28 games against Akron (1-6, 0-3 MAC), Ohio has posted a 15-12-1 mark.
Ohio got on the board first courtesy of a 24-yard field goal by Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio). The redshirt junior kicker put the `Cats ahead, 3-0, with 7:01 remaining in the first quarter. This field goal capped off an efficient drive that spanned 11 plays, 72 yards and 3:19.
Akron answered back with the next score of the game, putting together a methodical 16-play, 72-yard drive that bled seven minutes and six seconds off the clock. The drive was capped off with a 43-yard field goal by A.J. Fox, pulling the Zips level at 3-3 with 10:02 remaining in the first half.
A big play in the middle of the second quarter blew the game open for the Bobcats, beginning a stretch where the Green and White scored 27 of the next 34 points. The play that started it all was a 78-yard passing touchdown from Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) to senior wideout LaVon Brazill. This play--which is the longest play of 2011 for Ohio came to be when Brazill (Lantana, Fla.) shed the cornerback that was covering him and streaked up the far sideline.
Holding a 23-10 edge to begin the fourth quarter, Ohio punched in two more scores on the ground to put the game out of reach. Tettleton scampered in from one yard out near the start of the quarter and running back Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) scored his second touchdown of the season by adding a six-yard score. Akron added ten points of its own in the fourth quarter on a 42-yard field goal by Fox and a six-yard touchdown strike from Patrick Nicely to Marquelo Suel.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Wednesday, Nov. 2 when they host MAC East rival Temple at Peden Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN.