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Foster's 3 1st-half TDs lead Bobcats past RedHawks

Ohio finishes with 535 yards of offense in 41-16 win

ATHENS, Ohio – Donte Foster haunted Miami with three first-half touchdown receptions and Ohio rolled past Miami, 41-16, in a Halloween weekend edition of the Battle of the Bricks on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

Tyler Tettleton hit Foster for touchdown catches of 2 and 33 yards in the first quarter and 5 yards in the second quarter as Foster finished with eight catches for 122 yards and passed Terrance McCrae as the Ohio all-time touchdown receptions leader with 20.

"He is a complete receiver,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “The one thing that has made him so successful is that he is a smart football player. We are really proud of Donte getting that record, but obviously someone has to throw him the football and protect."

Tettleton completed 22 of 32 passes for 306 yards without an interception, while Beau Blankenship had his best game of the season with 172 yards on 20 carries as the Bobcats (6-2, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) tallied 535 yards of offense. Matt Waters made six grabs for 96 yards.

The first two hookups gave Ohio a 14-0 lead, but Miami (0-8, 0-4 MAC) came back with a Kaleb Patterson 45-yard field goal before the end of the first quarter and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Austin Bocuher to Dustin White with 6:56 remaining in the first half.

The RedHawks had a chance to take the lead before the break but Travis Carrie picked off Boucher and that set up Foster’s third touchdown catch. Ohio closed the first half with a long drive in the final two minutes that culminated with a Josiah Yazdani 24-yard field goal to make it 24-10 at the break.

Yazdani connected on a 33-yard field goal on the Bobcats’ second possession of the second half and Ohio continued to pull away with a Ryan Boykin 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Backup quarterback Drew Kummer scored on a 3-yard run on fourth-and-goal for the RedHawks, while Ohio backup Derrius Vick scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Miami was limited to 240 yards of offense. Boucher was 12 of 25 for 120 yards and led his team in rushing with 22 yards on 13 attempts. The RedHawks managed only 85 yards on the ground on 40 attempts.

Eight different Ohio players contributed to seven sacks of three differing Miami quarterbacks. Freshman Tarell Basham, who entered the day as the MAC leader in sacks, had one more to give him six on the year. Ben Russell had seven tackles and Cameron McLeod had six.

"We were banged up on the offensive line,” Miami coach Mike Bath said. “That's something we knew coming into today, and those injuries really caught up to us. Also, at quarterback we have to trust what we're seeing, and I don't believe we did that as much as we should have today."

Jay Mastin had 11 tackles to lead Miami’s defense.

"We played really well and at times I thought we tailed off and weren't playing as well as I would want us to play,” Solich said. “This time of year is when you want to have your team playing its best and a solid four quarters of football. We got over 500 yards of total offense and held them to 200 yards so statistically we had a really good football game.”

Ohio hits the road to battle MAC East leader Buffalo at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 in a game to be broadcast on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

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