Oct. 20, 2013
By Alex Marcheschi
OhioBobcats.com - Staff Writer
The outcome of the game hung in the balance with 5:09 remaining in the third quarter and the score tied at 21. It was then that redshirt sophomore Ohio cornerback Devin Bass made the biggest play of the season as he intercepted Eastern Michigan's Tyler Benz in the end zone and swung the game in Ohio's favor.
"That was just a crucial play for (Devin) and we can't thank him enough for the momentum change," said Ohio redshirt senior wide receiver Donte Foster.
"That interception was key and then offensively we started to roll and put big plays together," said Ohio head coach Frank Solich. "Once we started doing that we put points on the board and separated ourselves enough to make it really not a contest at the end."
Bass left his man on the play to cover an open receiver and it paid off in a huge way.
"I kind of made a decision to cover the man that was open and he made a decision to throw the ball," Bass said. "We did need something to get us going again."
The play sparked an offensive explosion as the Bobcats pulled away from the Eagles and won the game 56-28.
Ohio redshirt senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton had one of the best games of his career. The Ohio signal caller tallied 375 yards and a career-high four touchdowns through the air. He is currently just three yards away from the 8,000 career passing yards mark, a feat no Ohio quarterback has ever achieved.
"Its starts with the guys up front, those guys are giving me a lot of time and they have every single game," Tettleton said. "Without them we wouldn't have the success that we've had."
Foster continued his streak of great play with 11 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown in the game. Over the past two games, Foster has 20 receptions for 261 yards and a touchdown.
"(The success comes from) great chemistry between us," Foster said. "We work hard every day at practice, you practice how you play and it carries over to the game."
Redshirt junior receiver Chase Cochran had yet another clutch, long touchdown reception to spark Ohio's second half scoring spree. He finished the day with three catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.
"I can't applaud Chase enough for how he's progressed over the last year. He's probably the deep ball threat of the MAC right now, it seems like he catches everything down the field and nobody's going to catch him with the speed that he has," Foster said. "He scored last week on a crucial play, he scored this week on a crucial play, teams are going to start respecting him sooner or later or else he's just going to keep on doing that."
Receivers Matt Waters and Mario Dovell also got involved in the wide out scoring party as both hauled in scores of their own. Tettleton was rolling on all cylinders, hitting his targets with pinpoint accuracy, especially after Bass forced the turnover.
Eastern Michigan was playing inspired football early on as they mourned the loss of receiver Demarius Reed, who died just one day before the game. The Eagles returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and the emotions were visible early on for the team. Eastern Michigan nearly took the lead in the third quarter before the Bass interception, only to have Ohio seize the opportunity and run away with the game.
Ohio was mindful of their tough situation, and Foster recognized the passion and focus that the Eagles displayed in a time of turmoil.
"Nobody ever wants to see a person die that young, it's unfortunate for them, it's unfortunate for everybody," he said. "They came out there and played their hearts out for him, as Demarius (Reed) probably would want them to do. I noticed him in the MAC, he was a great receiver."
Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Carrie echoed Foster's statement and added something that he shared with the team before the game.
"I told my players that every day we need to give 100 percent for that player who isn't able to do that anymore," Carrie said.
The Bobcats showed great poise in the win as they bounced back from the disappointing loss to Central Michigan. Carrie had a career day returning punts as he had 116 punt return yards and Xavier Hughes recorded his third interception of the season.
Ohio is back on the winning track and Miami awaits next week in what will be the team's fourth Mid-American Conference game of the season.