ATHENS, Ohio - On senior night at Peden Stadium, a sophomore ended up as the star.
Quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) accounted for 314 total yards and threw for three touchdowns as the Ohio University football team closed the regular season with a 21-14 win over Miami University on Tuesday - the Bobcats' sixth straight win in the series between the two schools.
The game-winning score came for Ohio with 8:43 remaining when Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) found junior wide receiver Riley Dunlop (Liberty Township, Ohio) for a four-yard touchdown that gave the Bobcats (9-3, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) a 21-7 lead. The scoring strike capped a four-play, 50-yard Bobcat drive that was highlighted by a 48-yard Tettleton run to start the march.
Miami (4-8, 3-5 MAC) tried to rally afterward, with quarterback Zac Dysert finding Nick Harwell for a 16-yard score with 6:34 remaining to cut the margin to seven points. Miami regained possession after an Ohio punt and drove to the Bobcats' 15-yard line, but saw its comeback bid fall short when Ohio junior cornerback Mose Denton (Lakewood, Calif.) sacked Dysert on fourth down to seal the Bobcat victory.
Tettleton finished the night 18-of-26 passing for 203 yards while carrying 12 times for 111 yards, his second-straight 100-yard effort on the ground. Tettleton evenly distributed his passes, hitting seven different pass catchers for completions. Sophomore wide receiver Donte' Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) led the way with five catches for 65 yards. Junior tight end Jordan Thompson (Rockford, Ohio) added three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.
The Redhawks broke through for the game's first points with 3:04 left in the first quarter when Dysert's two-yard scramble capped an 11-play, 64-yard drive and put Miami in front 7-0. Miami's offense clicked on the opening drive as well, marching 73 yards down to the Ohio 1-yard line behind 6-of-6 passing from Dysert, but Curtis Meyers sacked Dysert for a 12-yard loss on third and goal and Miami's Jason Krysinski missed a 30-yard field goal to keep the game scoreless.
After a slightly sluggish first half that saw Ohio trail 7-0, the Bobcats' offense found traction in the third quarter.
The Bobcats went down the field with relative ease on the opening drive of the second half, highlighted by a 40-yard run from Tettleton, but came up empty when he was intercepted by the Redhawks' Jaytee Swanson at the Miami 10. The Bobcats wouldn't be denied on their second drive of the period, however, finally lighting up the scoreboard on a four-yard pass from Tettleton to Thompson at 5:49 of the third.
Ohio scored again early in the fourth quarter, with Tettleton finding Foster for a four-yard score with 11:58 to play, capping a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive. All told, the Bobcat offense gained 435 yards on the night - 273 of which came after halftime.
Tettleton's three touchdown passes gave him 26 this season, extending his Bobcat single-season record and tying him with Theo Scott for third all-time in Ohio career annals. Senior wide receiver LaVon Brazill (Lantana, Fla.) had three catches for 34 yards and passed Todd Snyder to become Ohio's career receiving yardage leader, finishing the game with 2,267 yards worth of catches in a Bobcat uniform.
Dysert finished 35-of-53 passing for 372 yards and a touchdown while carrying 22 times for 57 yards and another score. Harwell led the Redhawks with a game-high 14 catches for 163 yards.
The Redhawks gained 433 total yards on the night, but the Bobcats' defense proved stout when necessary - tying a season high with five sacks, including a career-high 1.5 for sophomore linebacker Keith Moore (Grove City, Ohio) as part of a 10-tackle effort for him.
Ohio's six-game win streak over Miami is its longest in the series since winning six straight from 1937-1942. Its nine wins so far tie the 2006 and 2009 squads for the most its had in a season since finishing 10-1 and appearing in the Tangerine Bowl in 1968.
The Bobcats now take time off for the Thanksgiving holiday before preparation for the Marathon MAC Championship Game on Dec. 2 in Detroit. It will be the Bobcats' third appearance in the game in the last six seasons.