ATHENS, Ohio- The Ohio University football team (8-1) posted a 45-14 victory over Eastern Michigan Thursday night at Peden Stadium. The Bobcats have now won 14 of their last 16 games dating back to last season and also improve to 4-1 in the Mid-American Conference this season.
Junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) accounted for 287 total yards and three touchdowns, while classmate Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) set a career high with 164 receiving yards and tied a career best with seven catches. Redshirt junior running back Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) led the way on the ground with 128 yards on 18 carries to go along with one touchdown. Fellow running back Beau Blankenship(Norman, Okla.) also added a rushing touchdown as well as 72 yards on 11 carries.
With 255 yards through the air, Tettleton moved into second place on Ohio's all-time career passing yards list with 5,330 in his career. He also passed former Bobcats' QB Anthony Thornton for second all-time in career completions.
Blankenship also climbed into the record books as he cracked the single season all-time top 10 in rushing yards. With 72 yards against EMU, Blankenship now has 1,097 yards on the season.
Senior Carl Jones (Arlington, Texas) led the defensive attack for the Bobcats against, accounting for 10 tackles and one sack. Junior Keith Moore(Grove City, Ohio) also came up big, registering eight tackles and one interception. The Ohio defense held EMU scoreless in the second half, allowing just 135 yards after halftime.
Ohio took an early 7-0 lead thanks to a two-yard touchdown run by Blankenship, but the Eagles quickly responded with a touchdown of their own to make it 7-7 with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
With Ohio clinging to a 17-14 lead with just under two minutes to go in the first half, Tettleton's pass attempt was intercepted at the Eastern Michigan 35-yard line. The Eagles started their drive with 1:26 remaining on the clock, poised to tie or take the lead heading into the half, but the Ohio defense came up with a big stop and forced a three-and-out series.
Ohio would then take over at its own 35-yard line, Tettleton redeemed himself by completing six -consecutive passes en route to his second touchdown pass of the game. Foster was on the receiving end of the touchdown toss that gave the Bobcats a 24-14 lead heading into halftime. Foster moved into the top five on the all-time touchdown receptions at Ohio with the catch.
After each team stalled on its opening drive of the half, Ohio took over at its own one-yard line for its second possession. Four plays later, Tettleton found Foster for a 79-yard touchdown reception to put the 'Cats ahead 31-14 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter. The play was the longest offensive play from scrimmage this season for Ohio and also helped Foster set a career high in reception yards (164).
Ohio tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter while holding Eastern Michigan scoreless in the second half. Boykin's 13-yard touchdown run put Ohio ahead 38-14 with 5:40 left in the final quarter, and Daz'mond Patterson(Plant City, Fla.) also found the paydirt with a 29-yard touchdown run that made it 45-14 with less than two minutes to play.
Eastern Michigan was led by running back Bronson Hill, who totaled 111 yards on 25 carries. Quarterback Tyler Benz was limited to 138 passing yards on just nine completions.
Ohio will now regroup on another short week as the Bobcats are set to battle Bowling Green Wednesday, Nov. 7. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m, and it will be shown on ESPN. Fans are encouraged to wear black as the team wears black jerseys in its annual "blackout" game.