Chippewa Ground Game Too Much For Ohio

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The Ohio Bobcats defense could not control the ground game of Central Michigan, as the Chippewas topped Ohio 28-10 in Mount Pleasant. The Bobcats slipped to 3-3 and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference.

CMU scored early in the first quarter with a touch down pass to Titus Davis after driving down the field in seven plays. Davis would not stop there.. Cooper Rush connected with him for a 32-yard touchdown only five minutes later. To cap a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Davis ended the night leading Central Michigan’s offense with 10 receptions for 181 yards.

Ohio churned out multiple three-and-outs before making some ground work to get in field goal range. The Bobcats got on the board after picking up a fumble force from a sack by Tarell Basham with 33 seconds left in the second quarter. Josiah Yazdani kicked a 24-yard field goal to make the score 14-3 at the half.

Although the Chippewas began the game making plays through the air, the rest of their dominance was in the ground game. CMU scored on a 15-yard run to take a 21-3 lead with 7:34 left in the third quarter. The Bobcats also utilized their backs, and stomped through Central Michigan’s defense in third quarter. Daz’ Patterson had a 49-yard rush – his longest of the season. But the Bobcats could not make the fourth down conversion on CMU’s 17-yard-line after his impressive run.

To begin the fourth quarter Ohio quarterback Jd Sprague connected with Chase Cochran for a 46-yard pass. Sprague kept the momentum going and ran the option to the CMU 1-yard-line. Tim Edmond got the job done and charged it into the end zone. The Bobcats trailed 21-10 with 12:40 left in the game. The touchdown was Edmond’s only carry of the night, and Cochran lead the Bobcats with two receptions for 59 yards.

Both Ohio and Central Michigan could not gain ground on the field late in the game, but after multiple three-and-outs CMU began to produce. Davis rushed to the Ohio 37-yard-line, and after a pass interference call on Ohio, CMU found themselves in the red zone. Rush connected with Thomas Rawls to gain 12-yards. Rawls crushes through the Bobcat defense to the one-yard-line. Rawls continued his powerful play and burst into the end zone on the next play to finalize the score, 28-10 Central Michigan.

The Bobcats return to Athens next Saturday to take on MAC rival Bowling Green. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Peden Stadium.