Rockets rumble in Ohio, 35-23

ATHENS, Ohio – The Rockets really looked like a team with the highest ranked defense in the Mid-American Conference, especially in the red zones.

The Ohio University football team recorded 30 first downs and 445 total attacking yards, but only managed three field goals in three quarters of play on Tuesday night while losing 35-23 to the face. in Toledo during a MAC clash at Peden Stadium.

The Bobcats (3-8, 3-4 MAC East) – playing in their last home game of the 2021 campaign – got into a fight early enough in this Senior Night affair as the hosts forced out the Rockets (6-5, 4 – 3 MAC West) on punters on each of their first three possessions.

After recovering the ball near the end of a scoreless first period, OU went on a 10-game, 71-yard practice that ended with a 34-yard field goal from Stephen Johnson that gave the Greens and Whites an advantage. of 3-0 with 10:42 remaining at halftime.

The Bleu et Ors responded with back-to-back 6-game practices that saw Bryant Koback touchdowns from eight and four yards, quickly allowing UT to build a 14-3 cushion with 4:15 left in the game. second frame.

With just 65 seconds left in the half, Ohio managed to cover 39 yards in six plays before successfully adding a 41-yard field goal from Johnson at the end of the half – reducing the deficit to just one possession at 14-6 as both teams headed for the break.

The Bobcats then took on the opening practice of the second half and went for 61 yards in 15 games, but ultimately had to settle for a 32-yard field goal from Johnson on 4th and 1 at UT 14.

Johnson’s third consecutive successful field goal reduced the lead to 14-9 with 6:33 left in the third, but the hosts ultimately never got any closer.

Koback added his third TD – this time covering 55 yards – with 4:27 left in the third, then a quick 3-and-out from Ohio gave the ball back to the Rockets just 48 seconds later.

UT needed just one play to cover 85 yards as Dequan Finn found Matt Landers with an 85-yard touchdown pass that increased the lead to 28-9 with 3:28 left in the third. song.

Koback added his fourth and final touchdown run with a 13-yard run with 10:43 remaining in the contest, allowing the Rockets to build their biggest lead of the night at 35-9.

The Bobcats added two late goals in the final five minutes of regulation as Sieh Bangura scored on a 4-yard rush and Chase Cokley caught a 14-yard pass from Kurtis Rourke to complete the final result of 12 points.

The victory allowed Toledo to break a losing 2-game skid against the Bobcats, the last meeting being in 2017. UT also holds a 27-7-1 record in the all-time series.

Ohio committed the only turnover of the game, but easily won the time in the battle for possession after holding the ball 41:27 of the 60-minute case. The Rockets also recorded all five sacks in the contest.

Both teams also suffered double-digit penalties, Toledo leading with a dozen flags for 128 yards. OU was penalized 10 times for 95 yards.

The Bobcats edged UT by an overall margin of 445-401 in total offensive yards, including a 253-150 advantage in the air. The Rockets, however, generated 251 rushing yards on 31 attempts, averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

De’Montre Tuggle led Ohio with 64 rushing yards on 13 carries, while Rourke added 18 yards on 13 attempts while completing 22 of 36 passes for 233 yards and one scoring.

The Bobcats have had 10 different receivers catching at least one pass, with Tuggle and Isiah Cox leading with four catches each for 33 and 65 yards respectively.

Tariq Drake punctuated Bobcat’s defense with seven tackles. Johnson also missed a 25-yard field goal attempt with 13:56 left in regulation.

Bryant led UT with 203 rushing yards on 21 carries, while Finn added 28 yards on three yards while passing 10 of 14 for 150 yards and one scoring.

Koback and Devin Maddox each had three passes for 19 and 17 yards, respectively, for Toledo.

Jonathan Jones punctuated the Rocket’s defense with 14 tackles. D’Andre Ragin clocked a record 1.5 sacks and Danzel McKinley-Lewis recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter that allowed Bryant to score the last goal of the night.

The Bobcats will end the 2021 campaign on Friday, November 26, when they travel to Doyt L. Perry Stadium to take on Bowling Green in a MAC contest at noon.

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Ohio defensive lineman Jeremiah Burton (44) stops Toledo running back Micah Kelly on the line of scrimmage during the first half of Tuesday night’s MAC contest at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Ohio wide receiver Cameron Odom looks to pass a Kent State defender in the second half of Tuesday night’s MAC contest at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Ohio quarterback Armani Rogers (18) fights for yardage during the first half of Tuesday night’s MAC contest against Toledo at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. (Bryan Walters | OVP Sports)

Ohio running back Sieh Bangura (22) tries to evade Toledo defenseman Jonathan Jones in the first half of Tuesday night’s MAC contest at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. (Bryan Walters | OVP Sports)

Ohio safety Alvin Floyd (20) knocks Toledo running back Micah Kelly over the line of scrimmage during Tuesday night’s MAC contest at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. (Bryan Walters | OVP Sports)

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