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Ohio Football Falls to Kent State

Nov. 19, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio University football team (6-5, 3-4 MAC) lost its third straight Mid-American Conference East Division contest, falling by a 44-13 count to Kent State University (4-8, 3-5 MAC) Tuesday at Peden Stadium.OHIO VS. Kent State Final Score Graphic

The Bobcats held a 6-3 lead after one quarter of play but were outscored by the Golden Flashes, 41-7, over the final 45 minutes of action.

Redshirt senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) went 11-for-24, throwing for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Redshirt senior wide receiver Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) recorded four receptions for 35 yards to lead the Bobcats.

Redshirt senior running back Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) finished with 76 yards on 23 carries.

Ohio and Kent State traded field goals on their first two possessions of the game. Redshirt sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio) landed the first punch for Ohio by converting from 20 yards out. Kent State sophomore kicker Anthony Melchiori answered on the ensuing drive for the Golden Flashes by connecting from 47 yards out to tie the game at three-all.

The Bobcats regained a three-point edge with 59 seconds remaining in the opening quarter when Yazdani successfully drilled a career-long 49-yard try to cap an 11-play, 66-yard drive.

Kent State wasted little time striking back, as redshirt senior running back Dri Archer scampered for a 24-yard touchdown, helping Kent State take a 10-6 lead less than two minutes into the second quarter.

The Bobcats answered on the ensuing drive, though, as Tettleton found redshirt senior wide receiver Mario Dovell (Columbus, Ohio) for a one-yard touchdown strike that put Ohio back in front, 13-10, following the Yazdani extra point.

Kent State concluded the eventful second stanza with an 11-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Colin Reardon to junior tight end Casey Pierce, putting the Flashes in command going into halftime, 17-13.

Kent State never looked back, scoring 27 unanswered points in the second half to seal the win.

Ohio concludes the 2013 regular season by hosting UMass on Nov. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.