Oct. 26, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio -The Ohio University football team (6-2, 3-1 MAC) soared over rival Miami University (0-8, 0-4 MAC), 41-16, Saturday in the 90th annual Battle of the Bricks at Peden Stadium, making the Bobcats bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season.
The victory pushed Ohio to the .500 mark all-time at 531-531-48, marking the first time the program has reached the milestone since the start of the 1995 campaign. The Bobcats beat the RedHawks for the seventh time in the last eight years and have won 21 of their last 28 games dating back to the 2011 season.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) hauled in three touchdown passes from redshirt senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) to break the program's career touchdown receptions record with 20. The previous standard of 19 was held by Terrence McCrae (2007-2010). Foster led all receivers with eight catches for 122 yards.
Tettleton finished 22-of-32, throwing for 306 yards and tossed three scoring strikes and no interceptions. He has thrown 300 or more yards eight times in his career and improved to 24-10 since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.
Redshirt senior running back Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) rumbled for a season-high 173 yards on 20 carries - his first 100-yard rushing effort of the 2013 season.
Ohio got after it on the defensive end, recording seven sacks.
The Bobcats set the tone quickly, scoring on their first offensive series for the sixth time in their last seven games. Blankenship took his first handoff of the contest 53 yards to the Miami 16, setting the stage for Tettleton's two-yard touchdown pass to Foster four plays later.
Ohio increased its lead to 14-0 on its second drive as Tettleton found Foster for a 33-yard scoring strike.
The RedHawks cut the Ohio lead to 11 points courtesy of a 45-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Kaleb Patterson with 1:53 to play in the first quarter.
Miami made it a four-point game with 6:56 to play in the first half when redshirt senior quarterback Austin Boucher hit senior tight end Dustin White for a 22-yard touchdown.
Ohio struck back when Foster hauled in his third touchdown catch of the day - a five-yard strike from Tettleton that gave the Bobcats a 21-10 lead with just over three minutes to play in the half.
The Bobcats made it a 14-point contest again with just 18 seconds to play before halftime when redshirt sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio) connected on a 24-yard field goal attempt.
Yazdani added three more points to Ohio's total when he successfully booted a 33-yard field with 8:38 to play in the third quarter, making the score 27-10.
Ohio added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Redshirt senior running back Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) scored on a seven-yard scamper with 13:06 to play. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Derrius Vick (Lincoln, Neb.) took a keeper six yards into the end zone with 3:37 left on the clock.
Ohio looks to make it three in a row when they travel to Buffalo in a pivotal MAC East Division showdown on Nov. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
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