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Ohio Football Falls at Ball State, 52-27

Ohio's Alphonso Lewis tied a game-high with ten tackles at Ball State

Nov. 14, 2012

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MUNCIE, Ind. - Ohio Football ran into a high-powered Ball State offense on Wednesday night, falling to the Cardinals by a final score of 52-27.  

Junior running back Beau Blankenship had a strong day on the ground for the Bobcats, carrying the ball 21 times for 161 yards and a career high three touchdowns. Quarterback Tyler Tettleton completed 22 of his 30 passing attempts, throwing for 236 yards through the air.

The win was the fifth in a row for Ball State (8-3, 5-2 MAC). The Cardinals outgained Ohio (8-3, 4-3 MAC) by a 588-483 mark, averaging 8.8 yards per offensive play. Ball State had two running backs gain more than 100 yards, as Jahwan Edwards rumbled for a game-high 169 yards on 17 carries while Horactio Banks rushed 14 times for 135 yards. Each running back scored one touchdown. Keith Wenning led the way through the air for the Cardinals, completing 16 of 20 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Backup quarterback Kelly Page also threw two touchdown passes, completing five of his seven passing attempts for 41 yards.

Following a good defensive start which forced the Cardinals to punt on their opening drive, Ohio's offense worked its way methodically down the field to open the game's scoring with a 47-yard Matt Weller field goal. The scoring drive spanned 12 plays, traveled 52 yards and took 5:58 off the clock. Tettleton and Matt Waters (Council Bluffs, Iowa) successfully connected on two passing plays during the drive, gaining 21 yards through the air. Freshman running back Daz' Patterson, in his first career start at running back, darted for 18 yards on two carries on the scoring drive.

The teams traded scores on their next possessions, pushing the score to 10-7 in favor of the Bobcats. Ball State answered Ohio's first drive by traveling 75 yards down the field on 10 plays to score the game's first touchdown. Keith Wenning's 13-yard touchdown pass to KeVonn Mabon capped off this 4:48 scoring drive. The `Cats then answered back immediately and emphatically, punching in their first touchdown of the day on a one-yard Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) run up the middle. The rushing TD was his ninth of the season and the 13th of his career.

Tettleton made history on this scoring drive, specifically with his last completion of the first quarter. The completion was his sixth of the evening, making him the all-time Ohio leader in career completions with 453. Tettleton surpassed `Slingin' Sammy Shon's mark of 452 set from 1978-81.

Neither team blinked on their next offensive drives, matching each other score-for-score to make it a 17-14 game midway through the second quarter. Wenning found a streaking Willie Snead for a 42-yard touchdown strike with 12:00 left in the half, a score which was answered on Ohio's next drive by a two-yard touchdown run from Blankenship.

Ball State was able to take its third lead of the game near the end of the first half, scoring on a Kelly Page seven-yard rush into the end zone. The ensuing Steven Schott PAT made it 21-17 in favor of the home team.

Tettleton had a strong first half for the Bobcats, completing 13 of 16 pass attempts for 158 yards. He was nearly perfect through the first quarter and a half, completing his first 12 pass attempts. His counterpart for Ball State, Wenning, was also quite effective in the first half. The Ball State quarterback completed 16 of his 20 pass attempts for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

Blankenship picked up right where he left off after the halftime break, rumbling for a 58-yard touchdown run on Ohio's opening drive of the second half. The junior running back accounted for 68 of Ohio's 76 yards on the scoring drive which made it 24-21 in favor of the Bobcats.

Following this scoring drive, Ball State kicked things into overdrive and scored 24 of the next 27 points to take a 45-27 lead. Backup quarterback Kelly Page threw touchdown passes of three and 13 yards to bookend a Horactio Banks 23-yard touchdown scamper, giving the Cardinals a commanding lead.

Edwards scored the final points of the game, rushing into the end zone from 28 yards out with 2:18 left to play. The ensuing PAT gave the Cardinals a 52-27 lead.

Ohio will close out the 2012 regular season at Kent State on Friday, Nov. 23. The Bobcats and Golden Flashes will kick off at a time yet to be determined.