ATHENS, OH —
You knew it was over when: Ohio’s Jordan Reid fell on an onside kick with 1:24 left in the game to preserve a 30-24 win for the Bobcats (4-2, 2-0) over Bowling Green (1-5, 0-2), their first victory over the Falcons since 2011.
Taking advantage: The Bobcats capitalized on three first-half Bowling Green turnovers, turning them into 17 points to take a 23-7 lead going into the intermission. A 15-yard touchdown pass from Greg Windham to Sebastian Smith was sandwiched in between a pair of Maleek Irons touchdown runs that highlighted a 20-point second quarter for Ohio.
Windham tops it off: Adding to his eighth touchdown pass of the season, Windham capped off Ohio’s scoring with a five-yard touchdown scamper with 4:08 left in the third quarter. Windham’s third rushing score of the year gave the Bobcats a 30-10 lead and all but sealed a second straight conference victory.
Little too late: Falcons’ quarterback James Morgan shook off three interceptions by throwing two touchdowns late in the second half. A 37-yard score to Scott Miller cut Ohio’s lead to six with less than two minutes remaining, but the ensuing onside kick went to Ohio.
Defense: Ohio’s Chad Moore, Javon Hagan, and London Miller each recorded interceptions. While Quentin Poling and Tarell Basham combined for three sacks.
Ground game: Ohio out gained Bowling Green on the ground, 183-114, holding the Falcons to just 2.9 yards per carry. Bo Hardy led the Bobcat rushing attack, gaining 83 yards on 16 attempts. Irons finished with 64 yards on 10 carries to go along with his two second-quarter touchdowns.
What’s next? Ohio stays home to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday at Peden Stadium (2:00 pm). Eastern Michigan is coming off a 35-20 loss to Toledo. In their last meeting on Oct. 19, 2013, quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw four touchdowns as Ohio defeated the Eagles, 56-28.
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