When playing on the road, the number one objectective is to quiet the crowd as quick as possible. Despite a half-full crowd at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho, it didn’t take too long for them to achieve that goal.
In fact, it took them just under twelve minutes to take a commanding 21-0 lead in the first quarter, a lead to big for Idaho to overcome, as the Bobcats would go on to win 45-28.
Ohio got off to hot starts on both sides off the ball. Derrius Vick, who was recently named the starting quarterback over junior J.D. Sprague, showed early why he was the right pick to start the season, throwing for two touchdowns in his first three possessions, including a beautiful catch-and-throw to wide receiver Brendan Cope, who made a spectacular one-handed catch in the back of the end zone.
Then, on the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Jovon Johnson turned defense into offense, intercepting a tipped pass and returning it to the end zone for a touchdown and giving the Bobcats their third touchdown of the first quarter and a quick 21-point lead early in the game.
But even with that early lead, Ohio couldn’t manage to put the Vandals away as soon as it would have like to, allowing Idaho to stay in the game late all the way to the fourth quarter. After Idaho running back Elijhaa Penny scored his second touchdown of the game, the lead was cut to 11 with all the momentum on the Vandals’ side.
Yet instead of crumbling, the Bobcats did what it had done all game: they responded, and they did so in a big way, thanks to running back Daz Patterson. Patterson would get eight carries on the ensuing possession, ending with six straight carries and one-yard touchdown run giving the Bobcats a 38-20 lead and effectively putting the game out of reach for the Vandals.
Ohio would add another touchdown from freshman Maleek Irons, giving them 45 points and a boost of confidence going forward with the play of Vick. After the two early touchdowns, Vick would finish with 192 yards on 13-of-16 passing and adding another 34 yards on the ground. Stats aside, Vick also looked like the better quarterback tonight, showing poise in the pocket and solidifying his spot as the no.1 quarterback for the rest of the season.