ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Despite not much offense, opportunistic Ohio
University used T.J. Wright's 35-yard fumble recovery and a safety
on its way to a 29-3 win over Tennessee-Martin Saturday night in
the season opener for both teams.
The Bobcats got a team safety in the second quarter when they
sacked Skyhawks quarterback Dexter Anoka deep in his own territory.
Anoka fumbled, and the ball was recovered in by the Skyhawks in the
Wright picked up a fumble by the Skyhawks' E.J. Daniel with
11:01 left in the third quarter, giving Ohio a 12-0 lead.
Kalvin McRae had 28 yards on 10 carries and scored Ohio's first
touchdown on a 3-yard run in the first quarter to lead a rushing
effort that netted only 62 yards and a 1.7-yard average.
With Austen Everson and Brad Bower sharing quarterback duties,
the Bobcats had 82 yards passing, no touchdowns and one
interception. Everson was 8-of-17 for 49 yards.
But Tennessee-Martin struggled as well. Don Chapman was the
game's leading rusher with 56 yards in 23 carries. But he had
little help. As a team, the Skyhawks totaled 49 yards in 29
carries, matching Ohio's 1.7-yard average. The passing attack
managed 74 yards.
Everson's 1-yard run capped a 49-yard drive late in the third
quarter, and Lasher made a 20-yard field goal with 4:08 left.