Ohio routs ULM in Independence Bowl

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Updated: December 28, 2012

 

Beau Blankenship carried the ball 19 times for 104 yards and four touchdowns to lead Ohio to a 45-14 win over Louisiana- Monroe in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl.

Tyler Tettleton was 14-for-22 passing for 331 yards, two touchdowns and one
interception and Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a score
for the Bobcats (9-4), who won their bowl game for the second consecutive
season.

Kolton Browning was 21-for-39 passing for 219 yards, two touchdowns and three
interceptions for the Warhawks (8-5), who made their first bowl appearance
since moving to the FBS in 1994.

Ohio scored on its first touch when Tettleton connected with Donte Foster for
a 3-yard touchdown pass. Earlier in the drive, Tettleton found Tyler Futrell
for a 26-yard gain before hooking up with Cochran for a 51-yard catch-and-run.

After forcing a ULM punt on the ensuing possession, Tettleton went back to
Cochran for another big play, this one a 68-yard touchdown strike to put the
Bobcats up 14-0 near the midway mark of the first quarter.

Browning’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Tavarese Naye pulled the Warhawks within
14-7 early in the second, but Ohio answered with a 38-yard Matt Weller field
goal to push the spread to 17-7.

Justin Manton’s 43-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Ohio on the ensuing
possession, but the Bobcats couldn’t cash in on the favorable field position,
as they failed to pick up a first down with a fake field goal attempt on 4th-
and-7.

Browning’s first pass on the Warhawks’ next touch was picked off by Tremayne
Scott, but the defensive tackle coughed it up and Keith Moore pounced on
the loose ball to give the Bobcats possession at the ULM 3.

Three plays later, Blankenship plunged across the goal line from two yards out
to put Ohio up 24-7.

Ohio also wasted no time finding the end zone in the second half, as
Blankenship bulled his way across the goal line for another 2-yard score to
cap a 7-play, 75-yard series.

After forcing a three-and-out on the ensuing drive, Blankenship capped a 6-
play, 70-yard yard march with a 1-yard touchdown to put the Bobcats up 38-7.

The Warhawks responded with a 1-yard Browning touchdown pass to Kevin Steed,
but Blankenship’s fourth score of the day eight seconds into the fourth
quarter erased all thoughts of a ULM comeback.

Game Notes

Ohio became the fifth MAC team to record back-to-back bowl victories …
Blankenship set a school record with his ninth 100-yard rushing game of the
season and moved into 14th-place on the MAC’s all-time single season list for
rushing yards … The Bobcats are 5-2 all-time against teams from the Sun Belt
Conference … ULM still posted its best season since moving to the FBS
despite the loss.