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(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: Ohio University 27, Marshall 24
Huntington, WV (Sports Network) - Jelani Woseley came up with a clutch interception to help the Bobcats clinch the victory as Ohio University edged the Marshall Thundering Herd, 27-24, in the Battle for the Bell rivalry game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Tyler Tettleton led Ohio (3-0) by completing 20-of-35 passes for 200 yards and three scores. Beau Blankenship contributed 102 yards on 30 carries on the ground while Ryan Clark and Tyler Furtrell each recorded a receiving touchdown. Matt Weller lifted the Bobcats to the lead with a 38-yard field goal with just 97 seconds remaining. Ian Wells had a strong performance on the other side of the ball with four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and two pass break ups. Ohio remains the only team from the MAC without a loss.
Marshall (1-2), which went into the week leading the NCAA in passing, received another stellar performance from Rakeem Cato, who completed a school record 44 passes on 65 attempts for 432 yards and three touchdowns before his late game interception. Tommy Shuler had a big day with 121 yards on 13 grabs while Aaron Dobson reeled in 11 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. D.J. Hunter recorded 12 tackles and forced a fumble.
The Thundering Herd came out of the gate hot and marched down the field on its opening drive before Cato found Jazz King for a three-yard touchdown pass.
Marshall extended its lead to 14-0 when Cato capped off a 10-play, 85-yard drive by completing a five-yard scoring pass to Dobson at the 6:46 mark of the period.
Ohio charged back in the second quarter, first with a six-yard touchdown pass from Tettleton to Troy Hill. Weller added a 22-yard field goal with 6:27 left in the opening half to make it 14-10.
The Bobcats took their first lead with 49 seconds left before halftime as Tettleton threw it four yards to Furtrell for a touchdown to punctuate a 13- play, 96-yard drive. Tettleton's second touchdown pass of the day gave Ohio a 17-14 lead heading into the intermission.
Cato answered after the break by completing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Gator Hoskins for the third period's only score.
Justin Haig connected on a 37-yard field goal in the opening minute of the final frame to give the Herd a 24-17 lead.
Ohio answered on the ensuing drive and Ryan Clark's 27 yard touchdown catch courtesy of a Tettleton pass evened up the score, 24-24, with 10:43 left to play.
Nathan Carpenter's 48 yard fumble return set up Weller for the go-ahead field goal.
Cato and Marshall's offense drove down to Ohio's 27-yard line before the Woseley's interception.
Despite the loss, Marshall held a 491-399 advantage in the total offensive yardage battle.
Ohio had not defeated Marshall twice in a row since 1979 and 1980.
09/15 22:52:12 ET
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