After giving up 615 yards to Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville, the Bobcats settled down and allowed less than half of that - 299 yards - to North Texas to win their home opener. Last season against Marshall, Ohio allowed 491 yards, but collected three turnovers - two fumbles and an interception - to win 27-24 in Huntington.
Legg said among the Bobcat defense's greatest strengths is its ability to play mistake-free.
"They don't get misaligned," Legg said. "They're not out of position. If you beat them, it's because you beat them. It's not because they beat themselves."
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PART OF Tettleton's success against Marshall has come from the Bobcats' offensive line.
"I don't think we've sacked Tyler Tettleton in two years," Holliday said.
Holliday is right. In two straight losses to Ohio the Herd did not record a single sack. Ohio recorded three.
A key ingredient in the offensive line's effectiveness is experience. Looking through the Bobcats' two-deep, every first- or second-team lineman has taken a redshirt year. They have redshirt seniors Ryan McGrath and John Prior starting at tackle, redshirt sophomores Mike McQueen and Mike Lucas starting at guard and redshirt sophomore Lucas Powell starting at center.
The group was even more seasoned to start the year, but lost redshirt senior starting guards Jon Lechner and Sam Johnson to injury in the Louisville game. Holliday credited Ohio Coach Frank Solich for his system of developing offensive linemen.
"Coach Solich has been with that program for a long time," Holliday said. "He's developed some guys and there's not much of a drop off from a year ago and what they're playing with now."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.