KENT, OHIO– Bobcats 14, Golden Flashes 10
You knew it was over when: Dorian Brown’s 10-yard run moved the chains with 1:27 left in the game following Kent State (2-6, 1-3) using their final timeout.
Defense rises up: Papi White’s fumble on a punt return gave Kent State the football at the Ohio (5-3,3-1) 11-yard line with just over five minutes remaining in the game. The Golden Flashes moved the ball to the Bobcats’ four, but an incomplete pass on fourth down caused a turnover on down and preserved the ‘Cats four-point lead.
Pound the rock: The Bobcats rushed for 208 yards in the victory over Kent State on Saturday. Brown led the way with 110 yards on 12 carries and opened the game’s scoring with a 49-yard touchdown scamper with 8:55 left in the first quarter. Brown has ran for 204 yards on just 26 attempts in the last two weeks after missing three games. Maleek Irons was Brown’s partner in Ohio’s backfield duo. The Chilliwack, BC, Canada native added 83 rushing yards and a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter that gave Ohio a 14-0 lead.
Nick Holley: Kent State quarterback Nick Holley had the ball in his hands on 70 of 78 offensive snaps for the Golden Flashes, throwing 29 passes and attempting 41 runs. Holley scored Kent State’s only touchdown of the game on a three-yard keeper with 6:36 left in the third quarter that made it a 14-10 game.
Ugly second half: After Kent State opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown march, the final 12 drives of the game resulted in nine punts, one turnover, a turnover on downs, and the end of the game. Ohio gained just 90 total yards in the second half. Quarterback Quinton Maxwell completed just 11 of 19 passes for 127 yards and an interception on the Bobcats’ first drive after halftime.
Turnover battle: It’s not often in football that a team loses the turnover battle, 3-0, but still finds a way to win the game. Ohio did just that on Saturday. Ohio led 14-0 when Irons ran 60 yards to move the Bobcats to the Kent State five-yard line late in the second quarter. Two plays later, however, Irons coughed up the ball and the Golden Flashes recovered. Kent State took the ensuing drive 91 yards in under five minutes and got on the board with a 22-yard field goal by Shane Hynes to make it 14-3 heading into halftime.
What’s next?: Ohio will head north on a short week to take on the Toledo Rockets (6-1, 3-0) on Thursday (10/27) at the Glass Bowl Stadium for a 7:30 PM start time. Toledo rides a three-game winning streak into this matchup with the Bobcats, defeating Central Michigan on Saturday, 31-17.
Toledo is led by quarterback Logan Woodside, who has thrown for 24 touchdowns in seven games and is averaging 283 yards per contest this season.
Ohio’s last win over the Rockets was in 1988, losing 12 straight since.
Thursday will be the two team’s first meeting since 2010. The Rockets won the game 20-13 on two touchdowns by quarterback Austin Dantin.
Ohio currently sits in a tie with Akron (6-3. 3-1) for the MAC-East lead. The Bobcats will host the Zips in the regular-season finale on Nov. 22nd at Peden Stadium.
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