Friday, December 28, 2012
Instant analysis: Ohio 45, La.-Monroe 14
By Chris Low
Ohio University bounced back from a three-game losing streak to end the regular season and romped past Louisiana-Monroe for a 45-14 victory in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl on Friday in Shreveport, La.
Here’s a quick recap:
It was over when: Ohio got the ball to open the second half and drove 75 yards in seven plays to take a 31-7 lead on Beau Blankenship's 2-yard touchdown run.
Turning point: Louisiana-Monroe, instead of trying a field goal at the end of the first half, went for it on fourth down from the Ohio 10-yard line, and Kolton Browning's pass toward the back of the end zone sailed over the head of Rashon Ceaser as the second quarter ended. The Warhawks had a first-and-goal at the Ohio 1 with 21 seconds remaining in the first half, but Browning was sacked for a 10-yard loss by Tremayne Scott.
Game ball goes to: Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton hit his first six passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns to ignite the Bobcats' rout. He finished 13-of-21 for 332 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Stat of the game: Browning, who threw seven interceptions all season, was picked off three times in the first half Friday.
Unsung hero: Scott, who missed the last nine games of the regular season with a foot injury, returned in a big way and made two huge plays in the first half to help trigger the Ohio rout.
What it means: After a disappointing close to the regular season, Ohio put together one of its most complete performances of the season to win its second straight bowl game. The Bobcats finished with nine wins and have won 19 games over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Louisiana-Monroe’s first bowl appearance since becoming an FBS program in 1994 was anything but memorable. The Warhawks turned the ball over three times in the first half and were never in the game.