Published Sat, Jan 5, 2013 4:55 pm Dateline
After amassing 556 total yards to help lead Ohio to its second consecutive bowl victory and the largest margin of victory in Independence Bowl history (31), the Bobcat offense has picked up another distinguished honor.
It has turned the ball over fewer times than any other team in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2012-2013 season.
With just 10 turnovers—five interceptions and five fumbles—through 13 games, the ‘Cats ended the season tied with Pittsburgh for the least giveaways.
Just as they were the driving forces behind Ohio’s bowl triumph over Louisiana-Monroe, former Norman North (Okla.) teammates Tyler Tettleton and Beau Blankenship played an integral part in limiting the Bobcats’ giveaways this season.
Tettleton tossed for 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions while Blankenship set Ohio’s single-season rushing record with 1,604 yards on 312 carries.
The two were also named co-Offensive MVPs of the Independence Bowl.
Ohio also sits in seventh nationally with a +15 turnover margin.
Ohio’s defense recovered 12 fumbles and picked off 13 passes this season, with three picks and a fumble recovery coming against ULM in the bowl win.