After falling by single digits to the no. 14 Tennessee Volunteers last week in Knoxville, the Ohio Bobcats (2-2) evened their 2016 record with a 37-21 victory over Gardner Webb on Saturday at Peden Stadium.
Ohio quarterbacks Quinton Maxwell and Greg Windham combined to complete 25 of 38 passes for 310 yards, three touchdowns, and an overall passer rating of 91.9.
No matter who was throwing the ball on Saturday, Sebastian Smith found himself hauling in big passes. The Bobcats marched 75 yards on the game’s opening drive, capped by a 17-yard touchdown from Windham to Smith.
Smith was on the receiving end of another 17-yard score later in the first half — this one from Maxwell — that gave Ohio a 21-7 advantage. Less than four minutes later, Maxwell threw his second touchdown of the quarter, finding Kyle Belack from 13 yards out as the Bobcats cruised to a 23-point lead after two quarters.
Smith finished the game as Ohio’s leading receiving, catching six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Ohio managed just 2.9 yards per carry in their loss to Tennessee last weekend. It was a different story on Saturday, however, as the Bobcats ran for 207 yards on 45 attempts.
Bo Hardy’s one-yard scoring plunge with 5:24 left in the third quarter capped off the scoring for Ohio, giving them a 37-14 lead.
Gardner Webb quarterback Tyrell Maxwell completed 13 of 20 passes for 156 yards. His three-yard rushing score tied the game in the first quarter, but his lone passing touchdown — a 28-yard strike to Willie Jackson IV — came a little to late as it concluded the game’s scoring at 37-21.
Gardner Webb was successful on the ground, too. Running back Khalil Lewis ran for 83 yards on 15 carries and a 31-yard touchdown with 11:24 left in the third quarter.
Ohio joined Western Michigan, Buffalo, Ball State, and Eastern Michigan as the five MAC representatives to win on Saturday.
Miami (OH), Ohio’s week five opponent, dropped to 0-4 on the season with a 27-20 loss to the University of Cincinnati on Saturday.
Ohio has won three straight in the annual “Battle of the Bricks.” Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. at Fred C. Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio.