ATHENS, Ohio - Behind its first shutout of an opponent in nine seasons, the Ohio University football team (3-1) won its third-straight game with a 38-0 victory over Austin Peay (0-4) Saturday afternoon inside Peden Stadium.
The Bobcats never trailed in the game and jumped on the Governors quickly with three touchdowns in the contest's first 17 minutes.
The shutout was Ohio's first in the Frank Solich era, as the Bobcats last blanked an opponent on Sept. 25, 2004 (34-0 vs. Buffalo). The 38-point margin of victory also was Ohio's largest since the 2002 season.
Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) became the first Ohio signal caller to throw for more than 7,000 career yards after passing for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Tettleton completed 13 of his 15 throws on the day.
Sophomore tailback Daz'mond Patterson (Plant City, Fla.) rushed for a game-high 94 yards on seven carries, including a second half touchdown scamper. Senior tailback Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) added 59 yards and a score on 14 carries, while fellow senior Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) added 38 yards on the ground.
Senior wideout Matt Waters (Council Bluffs, Iowa) posted a career-best two touchdown receptions and finished with four grabs for 55 yards, while junior Chase Cochran (Lebanon, Ohio) chipped in a game-high 84 receiving yards on four catches. Senior Donte' Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) added 64 yards receiving and a touchdown to round out the Ohio receiving corps.
Ohio held a commanding 494-298 edge in total yards for the game, including a 251-155 cushion on the ground. The `Cats limited Austin Peay to 13 first downs on the day and a 5-of-17 mark on third down conversions.
Defensively, freshman linebacker Blair Brown (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and sophomore linebacker Jovon Johnson (Solon, Ohio) each tallied eight tackles to lead the `Cats.
After forcing a three-and-out on Austin Peay's first drive, the Bobcats took their opening drive 43 yards down the field for a score. The offensive series culminated with a six-yard strike from Tettleton to Waters to make it 7-0, Ohio with 11:13 to play in the first quarter. It marked Tettleton's 50th touchdown pass in a Bobcat uniform.
Ohio added to its lead on the `Cats third possession of the quarter, as the Bobcats marched 78 yards down the field on just seven plays to build a two-score lead. On 3rd-and-9 at the Ohio 47-yard line, Tettleton lobbed a beautiful pass down the field to Foster who beat his man and raced 53 yards into the end zone. The score gave Ohio a 14-0 edge with 2:56 to play in the quarter.
After a shanked punt by Austin Peay, Ohio took over at the Governors' 25 yard-line with nine seconds to play in the opening quarter. Boykin compiled 14 yards on two carries to move Ohio into the red zone, where the `Cats made it 21-0 after Tettleton found Waters for a six-yard score and his third touchdown pass of the game.
The Governors countered with a 10-play, 31-yard drive that moved the visitors into Ohio territory with under seven minutes to play in the second quarter, but the series stalled at the Ohio 47.
The Bobcats responded with a 10-play drive in which 44 of the Green & White's 49 yards came on the ground. The series set up a 48-yard field goal attempt from Matt Green that went wide with 1:39 left in the half.
Ohio entered the break holding a 21-0 lead. The home team held a 239-114 edge in total yards during the opening half, including a 165-57 cushion through the air. The `Cats were 6-of-8 on third down conversions and posted 13 first downs to Austin Peay's four in the stanza.
The Bobcats threatened on their second possession of the second half, as Tettleton took the first play from scrimmage and rifled a 64-yard strike to Cochran. However, Cochran fumbled the ball at the Austin Peay five-yard line and the Governors pounced on it in the end zone for a touchback.
Ohio held Austin Peay to a three-and-out on its next possession, then responded with a nine-yard, 69-yard drive that took more than four minutes off the clock. The series included a nice 32-yard rush on a reverse by Daz Patterson and a one-yard touchdown scamper from Boykin that gave Ohio a 28-0 lead with 6:40 to go in the quarter.
The Governors put together a strong 62-yard drive on their next possession, but could not get on the board after kicker Walter Spears misses a 32-yard field goal with 2:31 to play in the quarter. After a Patterson fumble on Ohio's next possession, Austin Peay took over with golden field position at the Ohio 30, but the Governors missed another field goal, this time from 26 yards, with 12:58 to play in the game.
The Bobcats extended their lead to 31-0 after a 12-play, 50-yard drive led by sophomore quarterback Derrius Vick (Lincoln, Neb.). Vick and junior tailback Tim Edmond (Cincinnati, Ohio) combined for all 50 yards on the ground. The drive culminated with a 48-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio).
Ohio then blocked an Austin Peay field goal attempt on the Governors next drive, which led to an Ohio series that featured three carries for 46 yards from Patterson. He scored on a 13-yard TD scamper to give Ohio a 38-0 edge.
Ohio then held Austin Peay without a score over the game's final five minutes to preserve the shutout.
The Bobcats now enjoy a week off before returning to action Oct. 5 with a game at MAC East rival Akron. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium.