Oct. 6, 2013
By Alex Marcheschi
OhioBobcats.com - Staff Writer
The phrase "complete game" is usually thrown around in the baseball realm, but on Saturday it was applicable for Ohio Football's performance against Akron.
The Bobcats defeated the Zips 43-3 as the offense executed and the defense dominated. Ohio recorded eight sacks for a total of 45 yards lost, a staggering total, especially considering that the Zips hadn't allowed a sack in three straight games.
"I thought (the defense) did a great job today against a team that has shown they can protect the quarterback very well," said Ohio head coach Frank Solich. "That was a huge step for us, hopefully we can keep that up."
Redshirt junior Thad Ingol played a big role in the `Cats defensive as he tallied an interception, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown all of which occurred in the first half.
"Whenever the defensive line is playing great up front, it's 10 times easier to read and react in the secondary," Ingol said. "(On the defensive touchdown) I saw the ball squirt out and I was like, `Here we go!' I was spinning and juking, I guess it just kind of happened."
The secondary allowed just 101 yards of passing from Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl as the unit shut down the Zips. Ohio held the entire Akron offense to 157 yards, the Zips averaged just 2.4 yards per play.
Freshman defensive end Tarell Basham had a coming out party as he recorded two sacks in the game. His fellow linemen joined in on the fun, including redshirt senior Ty Branz, who had 2.5 sacks of his own. This was the second straight impressive performance from the Bobcat defense as Ohio shutout Austin Peay in their most recent game, before the bye week.
"Today we just really had a good day out there," Branz said. "We were able to get to the ball."
Not to be outdone, the offense we extremely effective. Tyler Tettleton was 14-of-21 for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Three running backs got involved; Beau Blankenship led the group in yardage with 67, while both Ryan Boykin and Daz Patterson scored a touchdown.
Special Teams started the game out with a safety on a muffed punt and didn't look back from there. Grant Venham punted to perfection and kicker Josiah Yazdani was two for two in his first start of the season.
The best play of the game came in the first quarter when redshirt senior receiver Donte Foster hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Tettleton in jaw-dropping fashion. The captain rose above the defender on the sideline and secured the ball, while managing to simultaneously sneak one foot in bounds to get Ohio's first touchdown of the day. Bobcat fans could very well be seeing the play on SportsCenter.
"(Tyler) threw a great ball and I just had to go get it and get that foot down," Foster said. "Fortunately it was a touchdown."
Ohio started Mid-American Conference play off extremely well as they beat Akron in every phase of the game. The Bobcats are now 4-1 and riding a momentous four-game winning streak thanks to its strong defensive effort.
"It's great to start off MAC play 1-0 against a great team, they played Michigan very close, that says a lot about their them and it just feels good," Foster said.
Alex Marcheschi will serve as the OhioBobcats.com staff writer during the 2013-14 season. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @BobcatFeatures.