Sept. 18, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio-Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton went 20-for-29 for 285 yards and three touchdowns, taking advantage of six first-half Marshall turnovers to lead the Bobcats to a 44-7 victory over the visiting Thundering Herd Saturday evening at Peden Stadium.
The Bobcats improved to 3-0, while Marshall dropped to 1-2.
Ohio running back Ryan Boykin toted the ball 25 times for 130 yards and a touchdown, while Tettleton had 53 yards on nine carries and another score on the ground. Tettleton found 11 different receivers on the evening.
Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato completed nine of 21 passes for 116 yards with a touchdown, but was also picked off four times in the first half. He completed passes to eight different receivers.
Marshall safety Omar Brown had 14 tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Ohio was led by five tackles each by Noah Keller, Neal Huynh and Gerald Moore.
Ohio got on the board first when Tettleton found wideout LaVon Brazill on a two-yard corner route to give the home team a 7-0 lead with 11:50 left. Marshall fired right back, however, with a 45-yard TD connection from Cato to wideout Aaron Dobson to the game.
That would be the last time the score was tied though, as Ohio ran off the game's next 37 points. The Bobcats got 20 and 21-yard field goals from Matt Weller sandwiched around a seven-yard Tettleton dive before the Bobcat quarterback notched two more scoring tosses (50 yards to Phil Bates and 22 yards to Brazill) to take a 37-7 lead into the locker room.
Weller added a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter, while Boykin plunged in from one yard out with just over 10 minutes remaining for the final score.
Ohio racked up 559 yards of total offense (271 rushing, 288 passing) and converted 8-of-16 third down chances, while the Herd was just 2-for-12.
The Herd will welcome 13th-ranked Virginia Tech to Joan C. Edwards Stadium Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. ET start. The game will also be televised on CBS Sports Network.