MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Ohio Football (7-3, 4-2 MAC) rushed its way to a 43-28 victory at Central Michigan Thursday night, solidifying its position atop the Mid-American Conference East Division. The Bobcat offense surpassed 500 total yards for the fouth time in 2011, thanks in large part to 309 total rushing yards.
Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) led the way for the Bobcats, rushing 25 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He was followed closely by Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.), who gained 97 yards on 16 carries.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a 14-yard touchdown run by Tettleton. Tettleton's 14-yard rush was his seventh rushing touchdown on the year. It also marked the 27th touchdown he has accounted for this season which moved him into first place all-time.
Tettleton would quickly expand on his school-record mark as he hooked up with Brazill for a 63-yard pitch and catch which gave the Bobcats a 14-0 advantage. On that play, Tettleton became the all-time leader for touchdowns in a season and Brazill tied the all-time mark for touchdown receptions in a single season.
Central Michigan responded with a score of its own in the first quarter as quarterback Ryan Radcliff hit Titus Davis for a 13-yard touchdown pass to cut the Bobcats' lead in half at 14-7.
In the second quarter, junior kicker Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) hit a 48-yard field goal to extend Ohio's lead to 17-7. CMU fought back on the ensuing possession as it engineered a six play, 78-yard drive to cut the Bobcats' lead to 17-14.
That would be as close as Central Michigan would get for the remainder of the game. Ohio opened the scoring in the second half as Alphonso Lewis (Altoona, Pa.) recorded the Bobcats' second safety of the season, tackling running back Zurlon Tipton in the end zone on a screen pass.
Ohio added another 10 points thanks to a six-yard touchdown reception by senior wide receiver Jerry Gross (Lilburn, Ga.) and a 32-yard field goal by Weller to take a 29-14 lead into the third quarter.
In the final period, the Chippewas scored to cut the Bobcats' lead to 29-21, but Ohio responded with a touchdown drive of its own that spanned nine play and 55 yards to make the count 36-21.
The teams traded touchdowns as Ohio went on to claim the win.
Ohio returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 16 as it heads to Bowling Green. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.