Sunday September 15, 2013
Marshall football: Ohio rings up another win over the Herd, 34-31
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The Herd missed a chance at a quality win Saturday night after pummeling lesser opponents Miami University and Gardner-Webb in its first two games. It only gets tougher for Marshall next week, with a visit to Virginia Tech next on the slate.
The Herd fell into an early hole thanks to horrendous first-half ball control. Marshall lost three fumbles in the first two quarters. The first gave the Bobcats a short field for a 53-yard scoring drive, capped by Tettleton's four-yard pass to Troy Hill to give Ohio a 7-0 lead. The Herd dodged a bullet on the second fumble – Stew Butler's giveaway on his first carry on Marshall's next drive – and put together a 10-play 72-yard touchdown drive ending in Kevin Groom's 1-yard scoring run, but the third turnover was a stunner.
After a 32-yard field goal by Ohio kicker Matt Green -- on another short field enabled by a 48 yards Travis Carrie punt return -- Butler took the ensuing kickoff … or at least tried to. He bobbled the kick several times, then kicked it into the end zone, where it was recovered by Torran Davis to give Ohio a 17-7 lead.
Marshall engineered a nine-play, 93-yard scoring drive to end the half, with Justin Haig's 22-yard field goal cutting Ohio's lead to 17-10 as time ran out. The Herd trailed despite outgaining the Bobcats 273-127 in the first half.
The Herd finally got to Tettleton, sacking him twice. It was the first time the Herd had recorded a sack against the quarterback in three meetings. Still, he finished with 266 yards and a touchdown on 25-of-38 passing and stayed interception free. The entire Bobcats team stayed turnover free.
Tommy Shuler led all receivers with 95 yards on nine catches, while Matt Waters caught six passes for 83 yards for Ohio. Ohio's Beau Blankenship led all runners with 36 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, while Grooms returned to gain 35 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
-- 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.