Ohio’s offense failed to get anything going against a Toledo team that allowed 41 points last week, and fell to the Rockets (1-1) 20-13.
“It was one of the poorer games we have played in some time,” said Ohio coach Frank Solich. “It’s clear we didn’t have our guys prepared the way they needed to be.”
As a both a fan and journalist, I could not agree more with the coach. I have seen bad games from the Bobcats in the past, but this team is better than those teams were.
Ohio quarterback Boo Jackson completed 17 of 27 attempts for 137 yards and one touchdown, however it was his three interceptions thrown inside Ohio territory that doomed the Bobcats.
With Phil Bates returning to practice this week, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod under center this Saturday against the Buckeyes.
As bad as the offense was, the special teams may have been worse.
Two muffed punts and poor kickoff return coverage led to stellar field position for the Rockets.
“Special teams was horrific,” Solich said. “Maybe the worst I’ve been associated with in a while.”
The one bright spot for the Bobcats was the defense, which played well despite being often backed up against their own goal line.
Despite the loss, the team knows they must move forward.
“This is one we have to learn from and then put behind us,” Ohio receiver LaVon Brazill said.