On the first play from scrimmage, Bowling Green forced an Ohio fumble and returned the ball to the Bobcat three yard line. But the Falcon’s good fortune would end there.
Ohio’s defense stopped Bowling Green on fourth and inches on the ensuing drive and didn’t look back as the Bobcats dominated all facets of the game and defeated the Falcons 49-25.
Whether on the ground or through the air, Bowling Green had no answer for Ohio’s pair of quarterbacks as the two combined for 323 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Phil Bates led all rushers with 114 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns including a 62-yard touchdown scamper in which Bates eluded two defenders in the backfield, cut towards the sideline and then followed a block back towards the center of the field.
“I beat the defender to the outside, then I got some great blocks,” Bates said. “They were moving people down and I just happened to run past them.”
Boo Jackson took the majority off snaps under center and completed nine of 14 passing attempts for 76 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson also added 56 yards on the ground.
The Bobcat defense also dominated.
Bowling Green had first and goal from inside the six on each of their first two drives but came up with only three points.
“It was huge. As an offense you never want to go down 7-0,” Bates said. “It was a big stop in the red zone. It was a momentum swinger.”
The Bobcats also won the turnover battle for the second straight week.
“We gave up too many points so we’re going to go back to drawing board with that, but it was good to get the turnovers,” safety Donovan Fletcher said.
On the first drive of the third quarter, Fletcher intercepted a Matt Schilz pass and returned it 55 yards for Ohio’s first defensive touchdown of the year.
“With the offense rolling like that, we had to make sure we didn’t let them down,” Fletcher said. “Both the offense and special teams had it going so we just need to make sure we keep getting better.”