Ohio Bobcats Football: Cats Crush Eastern Michigan, Tied for 2nd in MAC East

Marlowe Alter@@MarloweAlterContributor INovember 1, 2012

Ryan Boykin ran for a season high 131 yards
Ryan Boykin ran for a season high 131 yardsJamie Sabau/Getty Images

Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Miami (OH) and on a short week, the Ohio Bobcats rolled over an inferior Eastern Michigan squad en route to a 45-14 victory.

They are now tied for second in the Mid-American Conference.

The Bobcats rolled up 559 yards of offense while holding the Eagles to 305 total yards, as they ran away from the visitors in the second half, outscoring them 21-0.

Opening Drive: The Bobcats capitalized on an Eastern Michigan missed field goal and drove 78 yards in six plays on their first possession, ending with a rugged Beau Blankenship two-yard touchdown run to draw first blood.

Drive of the Game: Ohio put together a clock-eating 18-yard play, 64-yard drive that lasted 7:17, but had to settle for a Matt Weller 25-yard field goal and a 10-7 lead. They converted four third downs to keep the drive alive. 

Plays of the Game: Midway through the second quarter, Ryan Boykin trucked four would-be tacklers on his way to a 57-yard scamper to the Eagles' seven, setting up a Chase Cochran seven-yard touchdown reception.

Donte Foster broke the game open with a highlight-reel 79-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to give the Bobcats a 31-14 lead. The junior wideout slipped a couple tackles, cut back to the middle of the field and out-ran the defense for his 13th career touchdown reception, good for fifth in program history. Foster led the way with seven catches for a career-high 164 yards and two scores.

Key Statistic: Ohio rushed for a season-high 304 yards and saw three running backs find the end zone. Boykin led the way with a career-high 131 yards, while Blankenship added 73 yards on a season-low 11 carries. Freshman Daz’mond Patterson scored his first career rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Quotable: Tyler Tettleton on bouncing back from the Miami loss: "We just wanted to get back in the win column and we did... I'm the type to move on and look ahead."

Injury Report: Sophomore wide receiver Landon Smith suffered a severe leg injury on a 14-yard catch in the first half and had to be helped off the field by trainers. Head Coach Frank Solich announced after the game he will undergo surgery and is likely out for the season. 

Next up: The Bobcats welcome Bowling Green (6-3, 4-1 in MAC play) to Peden Stadium next Wednesday night. The Falcons are on a five-game win streak. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.