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Joe Bo’s College Exam: Bobcats Feeling Round At Both Ends But Low in the Middle

December 26, 2009

Ohio University’s Second Half Turnaround Not Enough for First-Ever Bowl Win

By Joe Bodolai

It certainly appeared as if this game would not be Ohio University’s first-ever bowl win. The Bobcats came out as if hung over, which would not surprise anyone at the notorious party school. Remember, even their coach Frank Solich was arrested for a DUI.

The first half was as dismal a performance as I have seen this bowl season. The ‘cats had exactly two first downs and 34 total yards, had a punt returned for a touchdown, lost a fumble which led to another one, and trailed the Thundering Herd 21-0. Then, Ohio’s Shannon Ballard scooped up a Darius Marshall fumble and returned it 75 yards to make it 21-7 at the half. Perhaps the Herd’s running back was confused since he may be the only player in all of college football to wear his surname on both the back and front of his Marshall uniform.

To be fair, Marshall did not take advantage of numerous other opportunities so when the Bobcats came out on fire to start the second half it looked like the game could also turn around. Midway through the third quarter Ohio had narrowed the score to 21-17. They put eight men in the box and dared Marshall to throw the ball. This stopped the Marshall offense, gaining only 85 yards in the air. Ohio, however, couldn’t take advantage as their running game netted exactly 11… that’s ten plus one… yards on the ground.

Both teams should probably forget about this and immediately get to the pizza and drown their sorrows. So far, the worst-played bowl game of the year, but the dueling ineptness still kept the game in doubt and entertaining all the way.

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